Edgartown: Mark your calendars for Washington D.C. fundraiser

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Everyone is talking about the weather! How could you not? It’s not often that we get the snow and temperatures that we’ve been experiencing this week. I’ve seen and heard temperatures as low as minus 7 here yesterday, with wind chills much more painful than that. I saw that the temperature in the North Pole was even warmer than here yesterday. It has made for some amazing photographs and videos, many of which have been shared on Facebook. I give kudos to all those photographers, professional and amateur alike, who ventured out in the cold yesterday to take some of those stunning photos.

It seems that with the weather and the upcoming school vacation week, news is pretty quiet around here. I didn’t receive the emails and newsletters this week that I usually get each week. The winter doldrums have set in; many of us seem to be adopting our inner bear, hibernating whenever possible, waiting to either escape to warmer climates next week or just holding on, waiting to thaw out with spring.

Congratulations to all the brave runners and volunteers who took part in Saturday’s 20 Miler. Due to weather, the course was altered away from the water and the race was shortened to 15 miles. They anticipated more than 400 runners for the 19th running (no pun intended) of the event. It takes a certain kind of stamina and fight to run such a race on such a brutal day, and maybe even more so to man the water and aid stations. Edgartown’s own Peter Hatt was one of the top three Islanders to finish. Congratulations, Pete!

Felix Neck is running a few programs during vacation week next week. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, they will have Wild Things; Wednesday, Feb. 24, offers Take to the Skies, and Thursday, Feb. 25, is Adapt! The programs run from 9 am until 3 pm, and are for children in grades K through 5. Members’ cost is $60 per day, while nonmembers’ rate is $75 per day. Attend for one day, or all three. Registration is required.

I am very excited to share some news about the annual Edgartown Eighth Grade Auction. This annual event is our largest fundraiser each year for the eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C. This year, the event is happening on March 11. However, we’re making an exciting change this year, moving the auction to the Loft and having a night of dancing with none other than Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish! The silent auction will begin at 6:30 and run until about 8 pm. Johnny Hoy and dancing will start around 7:30. We’ll have a little break in the dancing festivities around 8:30 to share some fantastic live auction items, and dancing will resume around 9. It’s going to be such a fun night, and we are so grateful to all who have donated items to our auction, to J.B. Blau for opening up the Loft to us, and to Johnny Hoy and his band for helping us out as well. We couldn’t do this trip each year without the help and support of our community. We are offering some fantastic auction items, including fishing charters, Cape Air tickets, harbor cruises, Patriots tickets and hotel packages, rounds of golf at several of the local courses, and Taste of the Vineyard tickets. So mark your calendars for March 11 and join us for a fun night of dancing, the chance to win some amazing items, and support our eighth grade trip.

While mentioning the change in venue and design of the auction, I would be remiss if I didn’t extend a great big thank-you to the Harbor View Hotel for their many years of hosting our auction. It has been a wonderful experience each and every year, and they have supported us immeasurably. As more and more auctions have cropped up on the Island since this event started, it has gotten harder and harder to make each event feel new and exciting, hence the change for this year. We are most grateful to the Harbor View for their support over the years.

Have a great week. Temperatures are supposed to rise over the next few days. A mere month stands between us and the official start of spring. Light tomorrow with today.