Town Column : Edgartown
Raise your hand if you received a phone call last week from a friend or family member off-Island who heard about our recent shark infestation. Okay - so that's everyone, right? I don't know about all of you, but my family has been pulling out every single Jaws quote we know - which is pretty much all of them - and laughing a lot this week. Not that we don't take the shark sightings seriously, but, as Jamie said when he heard that someone said they had seen a shark in the water at South Beach, "Isn't the water where the sharks are supposed to be?" It's scary and exciting at the same time. I've always wanted to see a shark, but perhaps I wasn't specific enough about it being from a good distance and from a big boat.
At 5 pm on Sunday, July 20, a Choral Evensong in celebration of the lives of Bishop John Burgess and his wife, Esther, will be held at Trinity Church in Oak Bluffs with the combined church choirs from St. Andrew's, Grace and Trinity Episcopal. The preacher will be the Rev. Darryl James.
Vineyard Nursing Association will hold its annual clambake fundraiser at the Field Gallery on Wednesday, July 23. The event has a live and silent auction and features acoustic bluegrass with Don Groover and his band Train Wreck. Vineyard Sound will also perform. The clambake is provided compliments of Martha's Vineyard clambake Company. Tickets and information, available at vineyardnursing.org or by calling 508-696-0785.
The Edgartown Public Library will benefit from an upcoming fundraising event with best-selling author and sports commentator Michael Holley, author of "Red Sox Rule." Mr. Holley will speak on Saturday, July 19, 2008 from 5 to 7 pm at the library. Tickets for the event are $100 each, with the proceeds going towards the new library. For information and tickets, please call 508-627-7389 or 627-6469.
Bob Brown let me know this week that his mom, Amy Brown, had triple bypass surgery on Thursday at Brigham and Women's in Boston. Bob has been in Boston with her since last Tuesday and his brother, Scott, was to have arrived on-Island from Florida this week for a couple of months to help with her recovery. She'd like to thank everyone for their prayers and support and is looking forward to navigating the streets of Edgartown again in her red scooter very soon.
Paul Carrick, from Boston, will be visiting his mother, Carol Carrick, Wednesday through Saturday. He also plans to talk to Francine Kelly at Featherstone regarding an exhibition of his fantasy paintings at Featherstone this fall.
Photo by Lynn Christoffers
Happy birthday to Courtney Brady, who celebrated with dinner out with her family on Sunday, July 13. I ran into Courtney's daughter, Glenny and her family and Courtney's son, Tom, on Main Street as they began their walk back home from dinner. Although the birthday girl herself had already gone home, it was great to see Glenny, my childhood friend, and catch up again, at least briefly.
Other birthday wishes for this week go out to Emily Mello on July 8, Anna Dillon, who celebrated on July 10, Shirley Craig, whose big day was July 13, Nancy Corwin Dillon, on July 15, and my godmother, Nancy Mannering, whose birthday is today. Finally, happy birthday wishes also go out to our friend Paul Brewer, who celebrates tomorrow. If you see him, be sure to wish him a great day.
On July 20 at 2 pm, the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library are holding a gathering at the Vineyard Haven Library honoring author Phil Craig. There will be remembrances from Shirley Craig, James Craig, William Tapply, Cynthia Riggs, Sue Mercier, Jan Pogue, and John Walter, as well as a selection of appetizers and sweets from Phil and Shirley's cookbook, "Delish."
That's all I've got. Have a great week. Swim carefully. To quote Quint, "You go in the cage, cage goes in the water, sharks in the water. Our shark."