Edgartown: Dodged the storm

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I have to brag a little bit this week. No, not about my kids. This time I’m so excited to share that I traveled last week. It doesn’t sound like much, does it, but I cannot stress enough how much I don’t like to travel. Don’t get me wrong. I love to arrive at new and interesting places. I just don’t like to travel there. It stresses me out. But we parents tend to do whatever it takes for our kids, right? So several weeks ago, I planned a trip to New Mexico to check out the University of New Mexico with Riley. And off we went last week, just the two of us. And it went smooth as silk. We escaped before the storm hit, made all of our connections, and even used Uber for the first time. We loved Albuquerque, and UNM was a really nice campus with many opportunities. And we returned safe and sound on Saturday afternoon, mildly sleep-deprived from an aptly named redeye flight. I’m so proud of myself for overcoming my travel fears and enjoying my first-ever one-on-one trip with the boy child. I definitely think we should do it more often. But not for awhile. I’ve about used up my traveling nerves.

Lucky Hank’s Restaurant in Edgartown will donate 10 percent of food sales to the Friends of the Edgartown Library on Friday, March 16, between 5 pm and 8 pm. This helpful organization helps support various programs at our wonderful library. Call 508-939-4082 for reservations.

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to our “Mimi” Casey, who celebrated 91 years young on March 11. Other birthdays this week were Rich Pease and Susan Schofield on March 13, Dennis Gazaille on March 14, Maureen Gazaille and Brenda deOliveira on March 15, and Jeff Majkowski on March 16. And of course, I have to give a big shoutout to Renee Habekost, who will be celebrating a significant milestone birthday on March 17.

This week is college scholarship deadline week. I’m so grateful to our guidance department at the high school for really streamlining the process, and frequent updates keeping us to a timetable. And I would be remiss if I didn’t offer kudos to the already busy teachers and other staff members who help with essays and write the ever-important reference letters for these kids. And of course, thank you to this amazing community, which offers literally millions of dollars in scholarships to our college-bound kids. The generosity and support of our community never fails to amaze me.

The company girls from Rise will be performing their competition pieces next Sunday at the PAC at 3 pm. They already competed these numbers once in February, and will compete again in April, and then head to the Nationals with in June. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Doors open at 2:30.

The annual Edgartown eighth grade auction is on March 23 this year at the Loft in Oak Bluffs. Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish will be providing music for dancing, and there will be silent and live auctions, with great items to win. The silent auction begins at 6:30 and closes down at 8:30, and the live auction will begin shortly after that. Dancing and fun will be mixed in there somewhere. So plan your night. Bid on an auction item or two, or 10. Dance your heart out. And as always, support a great cause by helping send these kids to Washington in May.

The MVRHS Minnesingers are gearing up for the 50th Reunion Concert at this year’s Spring Show on May 12 and 13. They are seeking photos of the Minnesingers over the past 50 years. These photos can be from concerts or trips, formal and informal. They would like to include as many photos as possible in a keepsake program and slideshow for this historic event. Photos can be emailed to Esther Teves at eteves@mvyps.org. Also, if you were a member and want to be part of this fun event, they have a Facebook page, MVRHS Minnesingers’ 50th Reunion. This page is for previous members only, so if that’s you, you may request membership to the closed group.

As you probably already know, I’ve been following the hiring process of the new police chief pretty closely. The process has moved along very quickly and the open-meeting interviews of the final three candidates will be held at 1 pm on March 19 in the meeting room at the Town Hall. I encourage anyone who is available at that time to go down and meet the candidates.

I wish you a wonderful week ahead.