Edgartown: What are you thankful for?


It is that time of year to stop and give thanks, and then lay into a month of all-out gluttony. This year, I am grateful for this place that we call home. I’m thankful for the sun rising over Cape Pogue and setting out past Great Pond. For beach days that start early in the morning and continue past twilight. I’m thankful for scallops and oysters fresh from the bay, for whole bellied fried clams and calamari and melting mint chocolate chip ice cream running down chins and dripping off of sunkissed elbows.

I’m thankful for four-wheel drive vehicles, both recreationally and practically, wheels cutting tracks through sandy shores or spitting up rainwater covering Nor’easter flooded roads. I’m thankful for brick sidewalks, wooden benches, white clapboard, cedar shakes, a Main Street so idyllic and timeless, rich with history and abundant with promise. I’m thankful for the lighthouses, those GPS beacons of yore welcoming weary sailors to safe harbors. I’m thankful for those who volunteer their time and services to keep us safe. I’m thankful for friendly smiles and warm hugs and sloppy dog kisses and that it is finally appropriate to listen to holiday music on the radio.

Barbara Phillips and her unstoppable crew of Marcia Valenztas, Donna Montesion, and Dawn Gompert recently spent a fun filled weekend in Boston. The ladies visited the Frozen Ice bar in Faneuil Hall, dined in the North End, and of course, enjoyed the highlight of their trip: seeing Stevie Wonder at the Garden.

Congratulations go out to Marshall Highet, who has recently published a young adult science fiction book, Spare Parts. Check out this tale of creatures from different worlds coming together. Watch for book signings as early as this weekend.

The Edgartown School PTA invites you to wear your Eagle pride on your sleeve quite literally. Hoodies and t-shirts (long and short sleeved) will be on sale for the next few weeks to increase school pride and raise money for the PTA. Visit edgartownpta.com to stock up for yourself and those on your holiday shopping list.

Check out the Felix Neck Fall Festival, Friday, November 28, from 11 am to 3 pm, a tradition held annually the day after Thanksgiving. Now in it’s 24th year, the festival features hayrides, face painting, wreath making, crafts for kids, live music by the Flying Elbows, and live birds of prey from New England Reptile and Raptor. For more info call 508-627-4850. Felix Neck is also seeking volunteers to help with the festival.

Another Thanksgiving weekend tradition is the annual Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society performance that will take place Saturday, November 29, at 7:30 pm at the Old Whaling Church. This year’s concert will feature the music of Bartok, Brahms and Schumann performed by Stephanie Chase (violin), Scott Woolweaver (viola), Scott Kluksdahl (cello), and Delores Stevens (piano). Tickets may be purchased at the door on the evening of the concert on in advance at TicketsMV.com.

Birthday wishes go out to John Morgan, who celebrates November 29; to Ryan Ruley, November 30; and to Willie Bailey and Mark Smadbeck, December 1. Have fun, and gobble gobble.