Edgartown: Take the trip

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I have a confession to make. April vacation was amazing. We don’t do the vacation thing very often. The last “real” vacation was Disney in 2011. But with two kids heading off to college in the fall, we knew this might be our last opportunity for awhile to go someplace as a whole family. School breaks likely won’t line up with each other for the next six years, and of course, there’s that whole paying for college thing during those same six years, so we rejoiced in what may well be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to Turks and Caicos. A week of sun and fun at the beach seems surreal to me now, almost like a dream. We snorkeled and explored uninhabited islands and rode horses in the ocean. It was a dream come true, and an extravagance that we don’t usually take part in, but we made memories that will last a lifetime. As the meme my cousin Jenny sent me this week said, “Life is short. Take the trip. Buy the shoes. Eat the cake.” I’m so grateful for the family time.

Happy birthday wishes this week go out to one of my favorite people, Zoe Nugent, on April 23. Zoe is a former student who is currently in college, and subs at the school when she’s here on breaks. It’s fun to have a former student as an adult friend now.

Other birthday wishes go out to Warren Gaines on April 23, and to Melissa Vasiliadis, Pati Nelson, and Judy Murray on April 24, and Pam Hurley on April 25.

Happy anniversary to Nelson and Joan Oliver, who celebrated 50 years of wedded bliss together on April 20. Fifty years together is no small feat. Here’s to many more years together.

Happy anniversary to Betsy Harrington and her husband Don, who celebrated 30 years together over school vacation with a lovely trip to Arizona last week. May they celebrate many more happy years together.

I’d like to send out a big thank-you to the Edgartown Fire Department for fighting a fire today on Schoolhouse Road. Our emergency personnel work so hard to protect and serve the town. If you know a firefighter, be sure to thank them this week for their efforts.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the family of Joshua Hathaway, who has terminal brain cancer. If you have been wondering how you can help, you can make a donation by visiting their site at gofundme.com/58b3g74. The family is very appreciative and thankful to all those who have donated so far.

Congratulations to Charlie Fenske, who will be attending MIT in the fall to study aerospace engineering. Charlie is the son of Caroline and Reiner Fenske, and as his mom shared, he first declared his intention to go to MIT when he was in first or second grade. Charlie and Riley have been fast friends through the years, and could usually be found out in a field shooting off homemade rockets. Charlie has gone on to win awards for his rocket experiments over the years. Be on the lookout for him in the news in the not-too-distant future. He is definitely going places.

More congratulations are going out to Kathryn, Nate, and Charles Vieira as they welcome new son and brother Corbin to the family on April 11. They’ve officially got their hands full now, and I bet Charles is going to be an awesome big brother. Best wishes to all.

May the 4th be with you. Mark your calendars. On May 4th from 5:30 until 7:30, the Edgartown School PTA is having a big night, including a Hero Art Event with Rob Surette, the real R2-D2, and a spaghetti dinner. The cost for the evening is $20 per family for dinner and tickets to the show, or $5 each for just the show. Check out amazingheroart.com for more details.

The Edgartown library is seeking artists — painters and photographers — to exhibit their work in the Program Room, with dates available in June, July, and August. The display wall is approximately 50 feet wide and 10 feet high, and the space has dedicated gallery viewing hours throughout the summer. Go to the library’s website to find its art exhibit policy and for the exhibition space application form.

Spring seems to be having a bit of trouble making up its mind about whether or not to show up this year. But this week seems to be getting warmer. Grass is greening up, and trees are starting to bud. People are out enjoying the sunshine, and beginning their gardening and yard projects. And the pinkletinks are as loud as I’ve ever heard them. It’s a wonderful time of year. Get outside and enjoy it. Have a great week.