St. Mary’s Lobster Bake Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, August 4, at 6 p.m.
A weekly round-up of activities and events on Shelter Island.
Adult coed drop-in basketball, Mondays and Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., school gym. No charge.
Adult coed drop-in soccer, Tuesdays, 8:30 to 10 p.m., school gym. No charge.
PETER BOODY PHOTO | The new priest at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Father Joel Ireland with his golden retriever Isaiah.
St. Mary’s Church has a priest again years after its last non-interim minister moved to another parish.
Joel Ireland, 59, arrived Saturday in his pick-up truck, his aging golden retriever Isaiah on his lap, after a five-night drive from Tucson, Arizona, where he grew up, raised two sons, practiced law and served on the school board for 20 years even as he also served the Episcopal Church part-time, most recently as vicar of Tombstone.
After a lifetime in a desert landscape, “I think I’ve landed in paradise,” the hiking and canoeing enthusiast said in an interview at the church on Monday as he was still getting settled. “I got pretty tired of the desert and its heat.”
He added that he was looking forward to ordering his first sweater ever from a catalogue later that afternoon.