Edgartown: Technology

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I have mixed feelings about technology. Weird coming from a tech teacher, I know, but much as I love it and see the positives that come from it, I also can clearly see the downfalls. Excessive screen time, inability to practice actual face-to-face interactions, probably some physical ailments down the road that we have yet to fully understand, bullying and abuses that take place online on social media and via text are just a few of the negatives we face. But I have to admit, I love the online interactions that I do share with people near and far. I love keeping in touch with family and friends far away, who I would likely never speak to. I love catching up with friends from times gone by. And this weekend, I adored seeing all of the posts about people’s dads in honor of Father’s Day. So many pictures and posts honoring dads, those who are still here, those who have left us, those who have taken on the role by raising children who were not originally theirs. I saw some beautiful tributes. To all you dads out there, no matter how you may have gotten the title, thanks for all you do.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Gayle Poggi, who celebrated on June 16, Halley Smith on June 17, Sara Poggi and Kerry Branca on June 19, and my niece, Gwen, an honorary Edgartown girl who unfortunately won’t be able to be here this summer, who celebrated on June 20.

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Edgartown Library will be held at the library on Thursday, June 29, at 5 pm. Reflections on working in the new library will be presented. A reception will follow to thank outgoing trustees Denise Searle, Carl Watt, Deanna Ahearn Laird, and Bob Avakian, and welcome the two new incoming trustees, David Faber and Chris Scott. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. All are welcome!

The Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club will host its annual “Blooming Art Show” from June 22 through June 25 at the Old Mill across the Mill Pond at 690 Edgartown–West Tisbury Road in West Tisbury. This celebration of fine art and floral arranging is the Garden Club’s major fundraiser of the year, and is a favorite annual summer event. Across the country, major art museums favor this type of exhibit because of the interesting interplay that is established between the fine art piece and the floral arrangement that is created in response to the artist’s work. The meaning of each piece is altered by the juxtaposition, and this added complexity enhances the interest in the individual works as well as in the paired relationship. Alone, each piece would create for the viewer a very different experience; together there is a special energy of connection. The pairing alters perspective, and this synergy makes “Blooming Art” a must-see event for lovers of art and gardens. The opening reception is on Thursday, June 22, from 5 until 8 pm, and costs $50. The show is then open to the public for a $5 fee on Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, from 10 am until 3 pm, and then again on Sunday, June 25, from 12 pm until 3 pm.

Boston-based entertainer Jungle Jim will launch the summer reading program with an event for kids at 11 am on Saturday, July 1, at the New Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. Jungle Jim will present a program with a Minecraft theme, featuring a mix of balloon artistry, magic, comedy, storytelling, and improvisation, with young volunteers taking part. Admission is free. This event is jointly sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Beginning on Sunday, July 2, and ending on Sunday, Sept. 3, the Edgartown Federated Church will have two services each Sunday. The first service will be at 8 am, and is an abbreviated service for those who like to get an early start to their day. The second service will be at 9:30 am, and will be a traditional service, complete with music from the Federated Church Choir under the direction of Peter Boak, minister of music. Starting Sept. 10, they will revert to one service only, at 10:30 am. For more information, call 508-627-4421, email admin@federatedchurchmv.org, or check out the website, federatedchurchmv.org.

On June 29 from 7 until 9 pm, at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society hall, the public will have an opportunity to learn about the developing climate that is bringing changes to our weather, with serious implications for food production and for our coastal structures and infrastructure in the near future. The speaker will be Eric Walberg, the senior climate services program leader at Manomet science center in Plymouth. Mr. Walberg will discuss the likely changes to weather patterns, and extremes that have serious implications for our farming community, as well as the projected rising sea level, and increased coastal storms and the risks that they pose to the built coastal environment. The program is sponsored by the Conservation District, the Polly Hill Arboretum, the Agricultural Society, and Island Grown Initiative. It is free and open to the public.

The Martha’s Vineyard Family Center invites families to attend Baby’s First Year Reunion on June 25, from 10 am until 12 pm at the M.V. Family Center. This will be a great opportunity to reconnect and introduce parents to Baby’s First Year friends! Baby’s First Year Reunion is for all families who have attended Baby’s First Year since July. Expectant parents and all parents of babies 0-12 months are also welcome! Refreshments will be provided.

Every summer, the Friends of Sengekontacket sponsor a program entitled Saturdays on Senge. Each Saturday in July, beginning July 1st, from 9:30 am until 10:30 am, the organization conducts a nature excursion on the Pond led by a Felix Neck Wildlife naturalist. Topics in the past have included mollusks, birds, and shells. Children ages 4 and up are encouraged to attend with the only requirement that a parent is with them. There is no charge for the excursion. If interested, participants should plan to be at Little Bridge in Oak Bluffs at 9:30 am.

As I write this, the countdown is on to the end of the school year. It seems like we just started a few days ago, although I’m plenty tired and my creativity for lessons has already peaked for sure. It goes so fast. It seems to go faster each year. Thursday is a half-day here in Edgartown, and then we are done for a couple of months. So be on the lookout for kids on bikes and wandering around with fun on their minds. You might even find a few teachers experiencing the same phenomenon over the coming weeks! Have a great week.