Sunday, September 2, 2007

Visiting Martha's Vineyard - Part 2

While I was on Martha’s Vineyard, I attended a fun event that has now become an annual affair - a luncheon for members of The Links, Incorporated. Held in August, scoring a ticket for this soiree is extremely challenging as it sells out months in advance.

Claire Davis and Thelma Baxter of Central New Jersey do a yeoman’s job of rallying the troops. The event took place at The Cornerway in Chilmark (the only Black owned restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard). Proceeds for this year’s event benefited the Oak Bluffs Public Library in the memory of the late Delia Brown Hardman (a long time trustee of the Oak Bluffs Library and Links member). Myrna Morris, an extremely talented artist who is a Links member – donated several pieces of her art for the silent auction.

The Oak Bluffs Public Library Director was a guest of honor and provided words of thanks to The Links for cash donation and support.

The food included selection of baby back ribs, striped bass, seasonal veggies, mozzarella salad, rice and peas, and mini key lime pie squares. We were also provided apple martinis courtesy of The Absolut Spirits Company in between sharing hugs, kisses, and introductions with Sister Links.

Eva Evans (former International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha), Gloria Dickerson (current International Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha), Janet Baker Walker (Executive Director of The Links, Incorporated), and the National President of The Girlfriends were among the attendees.

Other Sista Socialites at the affair included Alice Chapman Minutello of Central New Jersey and Joyce C.M. Lowe of Boston (former Eastern Area Director of The Links, Incorporated) who appear in the photo above. Jacquelynn Rhodes and Karen Andrade-Mims of Central New Jersey; Barbara Dawkins, Cecelia Robinson, & Roberta Torian of Montgomery County, PA; Lyn Hamlin of Jersey City, NJ; Linda Zango-Haley of New York; Renee Allen and Beverly Coleman of Philadelphia were also there in their summer finery.

I was honored to share lunch and conversation with Janet Smith Dickerson, who is the first African-American female Vice President at Princeton University.

The affair was lovely and it was really nice to see Links represented from many parts of the country including New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Providence, RI, Boston, Washington, DC, and Atlanta. This event has also inspired similar gatherings of AKAs, Deltas, and Girlfriends on the Vineyard in the summer months.

A good time was had by all and we united with friends (old and new) to re-charge our “batteries” for the fall season.