We are winding down our Island summer. The darkness of night creeps in sooner now, and I am surprised when I glance out the window and the light has already disappeared by 8 pm. The president's family vacation is over, and the house shook a bit Sunday night last as helicopters carrying them and their group left the Island. Now who are people going to blame all the traffic jams on? I wonder if traffic would move more swiftly if every driver were considerate and polite and not try to "get there first."
The Federated Church in Edgartown has announced that the Rev. Jerry Fritz will be retiring at the end of September. An interim minister has been named, the Rev. Terry Martinson. He will take over October 6, and he will participate in a special transitional service on Sunday, August 25. He and Jerry will share the pulpit.
On Thursday, August 22, "On The Vine," a four-day music and entertainment festival starring Ms. Natalie Cole and benefiting kidney disease research will launch. There is a three-day schedule. Thursday features Kahil Elâ Zabar known as one of the world's greatest jazz percussionists. Friday, August 23, The Elevation project which is a late afternoon happy hour event of music and art creation, and on Saturday, August 24, Linen and Love in Classic Black, an evening with one of America's most beloved entertainers, nine-time Grammy Award winner and kidney disease survivor, Natalie Cole.
The four-day entertainment benefit ends on Sunday with a pure jazz brunch for jazz lovers. The stellar talents are assembled by jazz percussionist Kahil Elâ€ Zabar featuring headliners trumpet great Roy Hargrove and saxophone sensation James Carter.
Relax and don't worry about planning a meal for this Thursday night. Just head for the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs and join in on their famous fish fry. You will enjoy fabulous sides as well as delicious fish and may either eat in or do a take out. It runs from 5 to 7 pm.
Just a reminder to please get your news to me by Sunday nights or at the latest 8 am Monday mornings if you want it in the column for Thursday. And the email address to send it to is Meganislandmegan@comcast.net.
Sincere condolences to the family of Tim Wey who passed way too early at age 33. I attended his service last Friday and it was so obvious how much he was loved and remembered with faith by his family and friends. We are so sorry for the loss of this young man.
Marge and Jamie Harris's apple trees have produced an overwhelming amount of fruit this year and they would love to share them with anyone who would like them. Marge says she is not exactly sure what kind but they are green and perhaps crab apples and would make wonderful pies or jelly. So if you are interested she said just come by their house on the corner of Wing Rd. and Franklin and help yourself. It is a barn-red house with a white fence and friendly people.
We send birthday smiles to Ginny Hall, Erin deBettencourt, and Leon Holt on the 23rd, Christine Anthony on the 24th, Ken Rusczyk on the 26th, Matt and Andrew Marchand and my grandson Chris Alley on the 28th.
Enjoy your week.