Town Columns


By Gail Craig - October 19, 2006

As I write this, I am trying to figure out how I'm going to send it in to the paper. Because we are getting town water put into our development, a work crew is currently tearing out all the trees along the roadside. In so doing, they have also taken out my cable. It has been down since Friday and I feel like my lifeline to the world has been cut! You don't realize how much time you spend e-mailing or surfing the web until you can't do it. To anyone who has sent me information via e-mail in the last few days, I apologize if it is not included here in the column.

We spent Sunday afternoon over in Carver at King Richard's Faire, the medieval festival that they have every fall, complete with jousting on horseback, sword fighting, etc. Riley, of course, loved the whole thing, but was especially pleased with acquiring a weapon (fake!) at the end of the day. Amelia, aka the Terror of Tiny Town, enjoyed herself, but was much better behaved once she was allowed to buy a dress and crown of flowers. That way, as she wandered through the fair, with her face painted with hearts and swirls, everyone would say, "oh, you're so beautiful," which are Amelia's three favorite words. It was expensive and exhausting but fun.

The first annual Jack Spear MV Open, which honored the memory of Jack Spear and supported youth golf on the Island, was held at the Edgartown Golf Club on Tuesday, October 10. It featured 69 top amateurs and 23 professionals from the Cape and Islands. Pros from Edgartown Golf Club, Vineyard Golf Club, Farm Neck, and Mink Meadows all took part in the tournament, with Edgartown pro Jim Hackenberry finishing as the top Island pro, taking fifth place overall. Mark Hess would like to thank the many Island businesses that contributed to the event, helping to make it such a huge success. Ted Morgan did his usual great job of registering and greeting participants. Unfortunately, Sherm Burnham was unable to play, as he was too busy hand-digging tree stumps out of his backyard. And I would like to take credit for that last bit of news and say that it was a joke, but I can't. Sherm did indeed spend time doing that and Mark is the clever guy to figure out how to slip it into the column!

Jen Morgan, Projects Coordinator at the MSPCA, shared that they will be having a trick-or-treat event from 1 to 3 pm on October 28. Bring the kids and critters to the MSPCA for tricks or treats. Small prizes will be awarded for scariest, funniest, and best child and pet costume pair! The details haven't all been worked out yet and it is pretty informal, so drop by any time during the hours of 1 and 3.

Jonathan Ryan took part in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, raising money to help with finding a cure and raising awareness of this awful disease. Congratulations and thank you to Jon for taking on the walk, while attending classes, studying, singing, acting, and working.

Caitlin Bologna, formerly the smiling face behind the counter at Triangle Pharmacy and out at the little airport, is now living in North Carolina, working for Cisco Systems. She and her coworkers took part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes Friday to raise funds for juvenile diabetes. At last count, Caitlin had not yet reached her personal goal of $1,000, but she was heading in the right direction. If you would like to check out her web page, go to and type in her name.

For anyone interested in an update, Riley is indeed practicing his violin, and while he is not yet playing the Star Wars theme, he is having fun and he hasn't run us out of the house yet. Thus far, the sounds coming out have been bearable! I'll let you know how we progress and when you can expect his first public appearance, which, knowing Riley, will be on the corner of Main Street while passing the hat!

Have a great week and be sure to get me your news. My cable should be up again any day now!