I have to tell you, as I was writing the date on this column, I accidentally typed 2015. I guess I’m getting my practice in for next week, but let’s try not to get ahead of ourselves. That said, Merry Christmas, everyone! As I write this and look at the weather predictions, it looks like instead of an idyllic white Christmas, we are gearing up for a muddy one. Santa will be facing a water park of chimneys, and Mrs. Claus will definitely have some serious laundry to do come Friday. Well, I hope that you all find yourselves next to a roaring fire, or at least the cable Yule Log channel, surrounded by those you love, with a cup of good cheer in hand. And for those of you who have your own sleighs to navigate to points beyond, be safe!
What a proud moment it was for our town Sunday night, when our own Edgartown Police honor guard took the ice at the Garden for the National Anthem before the Boston Bruins game. Old Glory, the flag of the Commonwealth, and our very own Town seal were presented and flanked by Michael Snowden, Dayce Moore, Michael Gazaille, Willy Bishop, and Chris Dolby. My brother, Chris, was mere feet from Rene Rancourt, as he serenaded the land of the free and home of the brave. (Two fist pumps, for those keeping track.) And, of course, the Bs got the win. Hats off, guys!
It has been a week of latkes, chocolate, cookies, ravioli, and nog, making me most thankful this holiday season for the ladies at the Evolve Pilates studio: Laura Alexander, with her amazing mat and reformer classes, and Griffin Hughes Douglas, who brings the pain on the TRX straps. Thank you both very much for balancing the extra calories with lots of fun and just the right amount of torture. Readers, if your New Year’s resolution is to get fit, go check this place out. I’m a believer.
The Edgartown Library will host a children’s New Year’s Eve party December 31, from 1 to 3 pm, complete with noisemakers, party hats, popcorn, and a screening of the classic Peter Pan movie starring Cathy Rigby. So bring the tykes to their celebration before you scoot off to yours. The library will offer several other vacation activities for the kids over the week ahead, including movies, crafts, and games, so check the website, edgartownlibrary.org, or call 50-8627-4221 for more info.
The Harbor View Hotel will once again host their annual New Year’s Eve Celebration, December 31, beginning at 9 pm. The event will feature two bands — the Sultans of Swing and the Mike Benjamin Band — as well as fireworks, snacks, and a midnight champagne toast. Visit harbor-view.com for more info, including room specials. And be sure to say Happy Birthday to the fabulous Elizabeth Rothwell while you’re there.
A guy walks into a bar — so begins many a joke told by Wharf court jester, Bruce E. Bruce Farland, who I hear has just celebrated a birthday on December 21. I hope your rear is still recovering from that paddle with which you are always so quick to bless others on their birthdays — all jokes aside.
Another one I missed last week was Cooper Avakian, who turned two on December 20. This future NHLer celebrated with a Thomas the Tank Engine-themed bash, surrounded by friends and family.
This week, we have Charlie King, who celebrates December 25; Seth Butynski, Kevin Foran, and Matt Dello Russo, December 27; Abby Leighton, December 29; and Alex Avakian, December 30. So wish these folks a very special Happy Birthday. They’ve been upstaged.