Town Column : Edgartown
I hope everyone enjoyed the Fourth of July festivities. Like everyone, I was saddened by the horrible news of the fire at Café Moxie and the Bunch of Grapes and it put the day into perspective for me, I think. I'm not a big Fourth of July celebrant. I'm not a fan of the crowds and chaos, particularly while trying to keep track of two small kids. But I woke up this year determined to enjoy the day. I had my bumps, certainly, but the news from Vineyard Haven reminded me that enjoying a summer day, a parade, and fireworks is far from the worst thing in the world. My thoughts go out to the owners of the Bunch of Grapes and Café Moxie.
On Monday, July 14, Balance is hosting a great fundraiser: Ben Taylor and David Saw with special friends and family, for the benefit of the MSPCA. Tickets for dinner and the show are $100 each. Doors open at 6 pm for cocktails, dinner is at 7 pm with the show to follow. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call Balance at 508-696-3000 or the MSPCA at 508-627-8662.
The Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project will host a double fundraiser this summer with all of the proceeds going to feed and educate the poorest country in our hemisphere. The first event is a tennis tournament on July 17 through July 19 at the Martha's Vineyard Resort (formerly the Jack E. Robinson Racquet Club). The tournament is open to all ages and levels and the entry fee is $50 per player. To register, contact Margaret Penicaud at 508-693-0368.
The second fundraiser is on Saturday, July 19, the group will host their 6th annual Haitian Art Sale from 5 to 8 pm, at the same location. Admission donation is $15 per person. The Art Sale will feature live music by Boston musicians from the Haitian community, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. Framed art and metal sculptures will be displayed and a silent auction will include items generously donated by various Island businesses. Raffle tickets will be available for an opportunity to win an original Haitian art quilt. For more information contact Margaret Penicaud at 508-693-0368.
I've got more information on the class reunion for the class of 1988. Lisa Hathaway Moscato is spearheading the effort on behalf of the class and is being helped by Nancy Corwin Dillon, Becky Donnelly, Phaedra Bendavid and a number of other classmates. The reunion will be held on Sept. 20 at Lola's, with a brunch the following morning. If you want to be part of the fun, email your contact information to Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonight, the Federated Church of Edgartown is hosting a Summer Chowder Supper at 6 pm, to benefit the Island Food Pantry. The menu includes chowder, salad, dessert, and a beverage at a very affordable price of $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Vineyard Sound will perform after dinner.
The Island Food Pantry also benefits, along with domestic projects of Heifer International, from a concert tonight at 7:30 pm, at the Old Whaling Church. The concert features Lia Kahler, mezzo-soprano, Olga Lisovskaya, coloratura soprano, and Peter Hutchings on piano, performing a variety of music. The cost is $15; $10 for seniors and students.
By the time you all read this, Riley will have attended his first Red Sox game. He and Jamie are headed for Fenway on Wednesday and Riley is one expected little boy. Having received great tickets from a friend, they are bound to have an unforgettable trip, regardless of who wins the game. I'm a little jealous myself but Amelia and I will find something to do here instead. Amelia likes her "girl time" with Mom and I must say, I'm quite fond of it myself.
That's what I've got. Have a great week.