Town Column : Edgartown
Saturday marked the third - yes, third - party celebrating Amelia's sixth birthday. We originally scheduled it for a week ago but had to postpone it due to conflicts with baseball games. To lessen the disappointment last week, my sister, Pam, her husband, Phil, and daughter, Evie, came down for a small family party. Then on Tuesday, May 20, we held the "real" family party, as that was her actual birthday. Saturday brought the "kid party" with her friends. All I can say is thank goodness it didn't rain. We had a total of, I think, 14 kids running around here. It was pure chaos but great fun. The one thing I can attest to is that the impulse-buy of horns/noisemakers at the store that morning was a big mistake. Luckily, they tended to break quickly. When we have these parties I think back to the story I heard once of some celebrity who said he was 15 years old before he realized his birthday wasn't actually on the same day as all of his siblings. Apparently, his parents had the clever idea to have one party each year. It's interesting what parents will come up with to help them manage life a bit more easily. Next year, I'm thinking one or two kids for mini golf or a movie.
There will be a Health Fair and raffle at the Edgartown School before the Spring Concert and Talent Show on June 9. It will be held from 5 to 7 pm, in the main lobby of the school. This is open to all Edgartown residents who may want to come. Some of the tables at the fair include healthy foods, childhood diabetes, blood pressure, yoga, violence prevention, The Farm Institute, The Martha's Vineyard Youth Task Force, the American Heart Association, Vineyard Smiles, bike safety and more. Come one, come all and be sure to enjoy the concert and talent show as well.
The ladies of the Martha's Vineyard Sea Coast Defense Chapter of the DAR completed the annual decorating of the graves of revolutionary and civil war veterans with flags for Memorial Day. No one remembers exactly how long they've been doing this but they think the tradition goes back for over 75 years. Additionally, on June 7 at 12 noon, the chapter is holding a rededication ceremony at the Place by the Wayside on the West Tisbury Road. The monument at the Wayside commemorates where Reverend Thomas Mayhew bid farewell to the Indians to return to England and never returned. Tea Lane Nursery completed a landscape renovation and the Martha's Vineyard Sea Coast Defense Chapter invites everyone to join them for the ceremony.
The Edgartown Tennis Courts behind the Boys and Girls Club will host an Adult Tennis Camp on June 20 and 21. Local tennis instructors will be on hand to offer players of all abilities their tips for improvement. The cost is $99 for both days and the instruction will run from 9 am to 12 noon each day. For more information, please call Kelly at 508-560-0525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a registration form.
The Martha's Vineyard Women's Network is offering a very important and useful seminar and luncheon, Preventing Identity Theft, featuring speaker Jim Taylor, Senior Regional Director for Wells Fargo. The event, to be held on Thursday, June 12, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Lola's, is hosted by Gail Farrish, MBA, CFP Senior Financial Advisor, Jennifer W. Marlin, CFP® Associate Financial Advisor, and Margo Urbany-Joyce, Associate Financial Advisor. Seating is limited, so reservations are required and can be made by calling 508-627-7777.
Happy birthday to Kristina Ivory, who turned 21 on May 27. Kristina, who works in the children's room of the Oak Bluffs Library, was going to celebrate by taking a special trip with her mother, Kathy. Perhaps, on their return, they'll share some of their adventure with me for the next column.
As I'm sitting here typing this, I'm fighting off Wagger the Cat, whose latest hobby is walking across my laptop while I'm typing. It's a most annoying quirk in his personality and yet I feel guilty constantly pushing him away. Explain that one to me.
That's all for now. Have a great week.