Tercentennial Birthday Parade

My Little Town celebrated its 300th birthday, officially called the Tercentennial Birthday Parade. Who doesn’t love a parade? I must admit,  I didn’t know what number of years Tercentennial represented. Did I study this in school? No matter, I looked it up, it’s 300 years. We had a lovely parade with over 2,000 participant’s, major by our little town standards. To put it into perspective, our annual Memorial Day parade is usually 10-15 mins long, with less than 500 marching and this extravaganza was over an hour and half long, in the blistering 90 degree, September weather. I know because my sons kept reminding me of the temperature every 15 minutes or so.

People began putting out their chairs and roping off spaces for their family and friends the night before the festivities even began.  Normally, there is no need to jockey for space or to put your chairs out the night before, but this was the Tercentennial Parade! The flurry of activity had our poor little town in a tizzy but they managed to pull the whole thing off without any major hiccups. Happy 300th Birthday Little Town! Enjoy the Parade.

 

The calm before the parade
The calm before the parade

 

Set up
Set up
Setting the stage
Setting the stage
Still more crowds and you can see why setting up chairs was necessary.
The crowds line the street
Our  neighboring police
Our neighboring police
And the parade begins
And the parade begins
Marching kilts
Marching kilts
And more Kilts.
And more Kilts.
Still more kilts
Still more kilts
The history of our Little Town
The history of our Little Town
Minute Men
Minute Men
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Ready, Aim, Fire!
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Another little town nearby
An unusual sight
An unusual sight
Now that's a tank
Now that’s a tank
Winged women
Winged women
Winged women on stilts
Winged women on stilts
Fashion season circa 1700s
Fashion season circa 1700s
Firehouse Dixie Band
Firehouse Dixie Band
Obligatory clown car
Obligatory clown car
Really not sure.
Really not sure.
Veiled ladies
Gold veiled ladies??
Again, not sure
Again, not sure
Zamboni ice cleaner?
Zamboni ice cleaner?

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Marching band
Marching band
Boys scouts
Boys scouts
Girl scouts
Girl scouts

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The crowds :)
The crowds 🙂
Home town favorites
Home town favorites

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating the10th Anniversary of Vineyard Streetball Classic!!!!

                                

The Vineyard Streetball Classic  team will be at Niantic Park, Oak Bluffs, MA, Martha’s Vineyard for pre-registration :

Sunday July 1st from 2pm -4pm
Monday July 2nd from 2pm- 4pm & 7pm – 9pm

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Vineyard Streetball Classic…everyone welcome…..

My friend Mike D. (no S), loves everything and anything about the subject of basketball. Since we were kids in middle school, basketball and music were his two loves, and he was rarely seen without a basketball in his hand, or dribbling the ball while asking if you’d heard the newest “jam” on the radio.  Mike is one of those rare people who everyone likes and who is authentic without artifice, ever.  Mike simply loves to play basketball win or lose, of course, he loves to win but Mike is not entirely interested in the accolades and cheers from the crowd, (he learned to love that though), he just wants to play the game to the level he expects of himself.

 As luck would have it, Mike grew up down the street from the very basketball court where the Vineyard Streeetball Classic has been held every year for the past ten years. Back then, Mike could be found at the basketball court, day after day, practicing foul shots, jump shots, dribbling (“with the left hand and switching to the right”) and lay-ups, perfecting his game, preparing for his next game or reliving a past game. If you hung out with him, you also spent time reliving the past game’s ups and downs with him, again and again.  Mike’s basketball education grew, as he was schooled each summer by the older kids who hung out at the basketball courts, perfecting their skills, and encouraging, challenging, and supporting his love of the game every step of the way. Now Mike is passing the torch to students from around the Northeast.

 It’s funny, although by no means a surprising, that Mike has built his life around both of his passions and used his creativity and business savvy, and his (Smooth) people skills, to conceive and build Vineyard Streetball Classic, an annual summer tournament program for students, ages 10 to 18, who eat, sleep, and breathe the game of basketball, just like Mike. With his nephew, Omar, and a coalition of close friends and supporters, Mike has managed to organize, promote, advertise, and enlist sponsors to support Vineyard Streetball Classic  for the past ten years.

The Vineyard Streetball Classic will be held again this year, at the same basketball court that Mike played on as a kid, down the street from his old house, “if you build it, they will come”. This year they will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Vineyard Streetball Classic and family and friends alike will cheer them on once more as the visions of a few fulfill the dreams of many young students who love the game of basketball and get the wonderful opportunity to play in a summer tournament on Martha’s Vineyard, year after year.

Mike still talks about music and basketball but now he also loves to talk about Vineyard Streetball Classic so in a way, nothing much has changed as we’ve gotten older. The truth is though, Mike has taught me about following your passions, carving out your niche and creating a life that fits you exclusively. 

Mike has reminded me that whether its basketball, or painting, or writing, or business, we all have to follow our individual paths in creating the kind of life only we can dream about. In a way, we are all charged with the task of co-creating the life that gives us joy, purpose, and hopefully, serves the people around us, for there is no doubt, that is the true meaning of success.

art of business

Today I would like to promenade an artist of a different sort. Thus far I have introduced artists who take lovely photographs that dazzle and inspire. Now I want to expand our view to include a creative innovator in her own right, my friend Dominiquie, of Administratevly Speaking, The Small Business Resource, (administratevlyspeaking.com).

Her vision for her creativity shows up in her passionate quest to organize, streamline, modify and recommend to her small business clients the path of organization for getting their business’s in tip-top shape. Not everyone loves following a paper trail, online marketing tracking, inventory or other tasks associated with the growing of their business and Dominiquie is there to catch the projects that would otherwise fall through the cracks, thus allowing the business owner to get about the business of creating and expanding their business.

My friend Dominiquie started her own small business in 2002 to serve the small business community, tackling administrative projects, big and small, content management, graphic design and much more “back office tasks” necessary for the continued success of her clients. Her creativity allows her to focus exclusively on the flow and organization of a small business and she offers candid and concise recommendations for the continued growth of her client’s projected business success..

While flexing her creativity with organization Dominiquie also through her business, Administrativelyspeaking.com, conceived, created, and implemented a seminar series for women in the Boston area, called The Boston Ladies Bruncheons. Her weekly series located in a lovely hotel overlooking the Charles River, focused on issues for women ranging from health, work/life balance, nutrition, exercise, and spiritual wellbeing and provided a format for women of all backgrounds to share their challenges, dreams, creativity, passion and successes in this modern age. This year she will be continuing to create seminars that will ask questions, help conquer challenges, and further push the boundaries for women and provide them with a safe arena where they can support and encourage one another.

To view another creative spirit and an organizational genius, visit Administravelyspeaking.com and see how creativity encompasses all of our passions and dreams. It is not just “artists” who create, each of us have a creative contribution to make to society and when we follow our passion we succeed. Dominiquie proves that creativity is necessary in the art of business as well as in our traditional version of artistry.