Town Column : Edgartown
I hope everyone enjoyed Father's Day. The weather left a little bit to be desired, after all of the sunshine and warmth, but I'm sure many a father was spoiled just the same. Amelia and I had a sleepover at Pop's house and got up early to make him apple muffins. Then the kids took off for a few hours with Jamie, visiting the baby alpacas and then going out to lunch. I stayed home to clean the house and do laundry so Jamie could enjoy the time with the kids.
The volunteers at Windemere would like to invite the public to their benefit event, which takes place Friday, June 20, at the Ag Hall from 6 to 8 pm. Besides fun, light food and wine, there will be a silent auction, a live auction with Trip Barnes, and a raffle. There is no charge at the door.
I have one slight correction to last week's column. The way the birthday wishes were worded, it sounded like Owen Hess had a new Grammy Joyce and Great Aunt Janet. In reality, Grammy Joyce and Great Aunt Janet belong to Jackson and Julia Crocker. Sorry for the mix up.
Last week, the third grade classes of Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Knight held their biography nights, where each student dressed in costume and took on the persona of a famous figure from the Revolutionary War era, as well as performing plays and poems about the times. I had been a substitute in Mrs. Smith's class a few days before and had watched them rehearse throughout the day and I must say, I was nervous for them on Wednesday evening. But they did a great job, individually and as a group, and I learned a great deal that I had not known previously. Thank you to the third grades for their hard work, and an entertaining and enlightening evening.
Tomorrow marks the end of the school year and the start of summer vacation. The kids, who have pretty much been out of their minds for the last month or so anyway, have been even more excited with the summer weather we've been having recently. Tomorrow morning, school will likely be a mad house. Let the summer chaos begin.
Remember that with the recent move back to their North Water Street location, the Edgartown Public Library has changed their hours of operation. Although they are now closed on Mondays, they have actually increased their hours from 40 to 41. They are now open 10 am-8 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 am-5 pm on Thursday through Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.
In other library news, as of Thursday, June 5, the paving crew completed work on the stretch of asphalt outside the library, and even paved the driveway into the parking lot. There are also new sidewalks along North Water Street, making access to the library via foot, bike, car, scooter, skateboard, or any other method you can imagine, a breeze, for the first time in a long time.
Happy birthday to my niece, Gwen Gardner, who celebrates her birthday tomorrow. In my head, I had that she was turning 13, but according to my calendar, she's actually going to be 14. Yikes. Where does the time go?
Last Friday morning, Mrs. Mackenty's kindergarten class went on a fieldtrip to Donaroma's, which completely dispels the idea of Friday the 13th being bad luck. It was a wonderful and informative fieldtrip, the staff was super with all the kids, the flowers and plants were beautiful to see, and we all learned a lot. But the most fun came just as we were getting ready to leave when Cheryl Welch brought a handful of birthday balloons over to Shannon Dolby Smith. This provided the kindergarten with the opportunity to show off their singing talents as we sang her happy birthday. Shannon seemed as delighted by the event as the kids did. It's the sort of thing that can only happen in a small town.
Martha Smith and her Jack Russell terriers traveled to Glastonbury, Conn., over the weekend for a two-day dog trial, Russell Rescue and the Huntington Hunt Trials. Both dogs came back winners. Double D Angus took first place both days in both trials in the conformation events along with ribbons in other events, and Kenswick Dora the Explorer earned her share of ribbons along with a second place for Barn Hunt. It took Dora only 2.8 seconds to hunt down the rat in a barn set up full of hay.
Heather Smith and her terrier Jackie Noodle also attended and proudly brought home ribbons for her efforts. Russell Rescue is a national organization that assists with the adoption and rescue of Jack Russell terriers that are abandoned or abused. Over 250 dogs competed in the two-day event. Martha and Heather are now planning for the next trials.
That's all I've got for now, I'm afraid. One would think that the busier season would bring with it more news but sometimes the opposite is true. My news often seems to slow down as everyone gets busier.
Have a great week.