Edgartown: Surviving the first week of school

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Well, we all survived the first week of school. It’s always dizzyingly happy and exciting the first week or two back in the classrooms. Kids have grown so much. They have tales to tell about summertime fun and excitement. They’re happy to see all their friends and teachers. And we’re happy to see them. But I’ve got to tell you, as one of the few teachers who teach all the kids in the school, I’m having a hard time quickly pulling 350-plus names out of the vault that I put my brain in for the past couple of months. But I guess it’s sort of like riding a bike, and the names come back fairly quickly. Luckily, I just remind the kids how old I am, and they show me kindness and patience. I’m happy to be back with my amazing peers and such great kids.

This is a pretty quiet birthday week, but extra-big, extra-special birthday wishes go out to J.B. Blau of Sharky’s, MV Chowder Co., Copper Wok, and Loft on Sept. 13. Did I miss any? J.B. does so much for this Island, and is a great example of who to be and how to show up in the world. Thanks for all you do, J.B. I hope you have a fantastic birthday. And maybe even the day off.

Felix Neck still has lots of opportunities to enjoy the sanctuary into the fall. They have yoga, labyrinth walks, birding walks, trivia, kayak tours, and more. Check out their website at massaudubon.org, or give them a call at 508-627-4850.

It’s Derby time. The first fish have been weighed in the 73rd annual Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby. For the next month, the news will be about who caught what where, and who is on those leaderboards. Good luck to all participating, and please, be safe out there.

For eight months, from October 2017 into May of this year, Edgartown library visitors had the privilege of watching a great Island artist at work as Margot Datz painted an ambitious mural across the entire east wall of the Children’s Room. She went straight from this project to another for the town of Chilmark, and then came summer. Now with the busy season over, the library is finally celebrating Margot and this wonderful cultural contribution to Edgartown, a colorful mural filled with beautifully detailed portraits of creatures from all the major oceans of the world. Please join the library folks on Sept. 21 from 5 pm until 7 pm, to help them thank Margot and to learn more about this amazing project.

The Edgartown Council on Aging will again be having their weekly fish distributions, donated by the MV Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby fishermen and women, on Wednesdays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 10. Doors open at 8 am. In order of arrival, each person receives a number. As soon thereafter as possible, fish will be cheerfully distributed to each as his/her number is called. Coffee and snacks are available.

Yom Kippur is next week, starting on Sept. 18 and ending on the 19th. This is an important holiday in the Jewish calendar, and is a day set aside to atone for the sins of the past year. I wish everyone of the Jewish faith a peaceful holiday.

The weather sure changed fast. When I stepped outside yesterday, I was instantly reminded of a trip we took out to Western Massachusetts last fall. The air was crisp, and it had that fall feel and smell to it. I enjoy fall very much, but I’m hoping for some warm-weather beach days still ahead. I haven’t given up on summer yet.

That’s the news for the week. Be sure to share exciting news and special events with me when you can, so I can share them with the readers. Have a great week.