Edgartown: Fragrant greens and silver bells


It seems we’ve gone straight from turkey comas to decking the halls without time to blink. I suppose that’s the way it goes when Thanksgiving falls so late in the month. Throw out your decorative gourds — it is time for fragrant greens and silver bells.

Several people got a head start picking out their Christmas trees this past weekend — among them, the DeOliveira clan was all smiles and ruddy cheeks, as veteran tree-picker Mateo and first-timer Luiza settled on their favorite.

Kevin Searle got himself a little Charlie Brown tree to decorate, which I don’t know how he’ll find the energy for after completing the marvelous holiday display on brother Glen’s Chase Road lawn. You’ve really outdone yourself this year, buddy! Kevin would like me to let everyone know that there is a box for canned goods on the premises for the Food Pantry, so once you’ve had your fill of oohs and ahhs, pay it forward with some grub for those in need.

With a toddler and an infant “helping,” decorating has held a particular challenge for Derek and Brooke Avakian. Son Cooper was clever enough to recognize a football-shaped Christmas ornament, and got in a good quarterback snap before discovering that small glass footballs are not for throwing. Oopsy!

The Jordans had a full house for Thanksgiving, with all the kids coming home. Collette, Philip, and Stevie arrived as expected, and then Jen surprised her folks after quite the journey from her home in York, Maine.

Watch for Edgartown residents Nils Aldeborgh, Caley Bennett, Erik Faber, Kayla Goldman, Jared Livingston, Darby Patterson, Sara Poggi, and Michaela Rivard, who will be performing in the MVRHS Minnesingers concert at the Whaling Church December 12 and 13 for Christmas in Edgartown. More on Christmas in Edgartown next week, of course, but be sure to mark your calendars so you don’t miss these talented singers.

Next on the agenda for Tom Dresser and Jerry Muskin in their Music on Martha’s Vineyard tour will be a fun event at the Anchors. Next Wednesday, December 10, from 11:30 am 12:30 pm, the two will host more than a book talk — they have invited Taffy McCarthy to play the guitar and sing. Tom will also speak about prominent singers and musicians who have performed at the Edgartown Whaling Church, from Tom Rush to Gale Huntington to Beverly Sills. Should be an entertaining event.

I’ve recently learned about the MV Prostate Cancer support group, which has been a great help to many men in our community during their battles with the nasty disease. The group meets at 4pm on the third Wednesday of every month in the Conference Room #1 of MV Community Services Building C. If you or someone you know might be feeling alone with this diagnosis give this group a try. Visit mvprostatecancer.org for more info.

If you haven’t checked out the MV Film Center in Vineyard Haven yet, ‘tis the season. This month, they’re featuring four holiday classics, new and old: Love Actually, Elf, and It’s a Wonderful Life on consecutive Wednesday nights in December, and a special Saturday matinee of Home Alone on December 20 at 1 pm. Live music, cookies, warm drinks, tree lighting, and more will take place in the lobby. Time to leave that trail of breadcrumbs and get out of E-town for a spell. For a list of times and other coming attractions, visit mvfilmsociety.com.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Thayer Whipple, who celebrates December 4; to Joanie Creato, December 5; to Polly Toomey, December 8; and to Galen Brew and Dale Morgan, December 10.