Town Columns


By Gail Craig - November 16, 2006

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. The weather has been amazing, warm and sunny with no coats required! Now that is the kind of winter I can live with! All Novembers should be like this!

My apologies to those who noticed there wasn’t an Edgartown column last week. Well, I apologize to everyone but Sherm. I just can’t keep up with which weeks he’s reading and which weeks he is protesting. On the other hand, I do include Marty Mard in the apology, as I’ve heard through the grapevine that he is a faithful reader, if for no other reason than to catch up on what Sherm is up to.

Happy belated birthday to Joshua Brown, a Halloween baby who celebrated his fourth birthday on Oct. 31.

Happy birthday wishes also go out to Darren Morris, who celebrated on Nov. 2, Popsicle, who celebrated on Nov. 7, and Meaghan Morris, who celebrated on Nov. 14. Polly and Robert Maciel of Waterboro, Maine, were in town recently. While visiting, they helped their granddaughter Kayleigh Bollin celebrate her second birthday. Polly and Robert also celebrated their own joyous event, as their children Robyn & Simon Bollin and Jesse & Amanda Maciel gave them an anniversary brunch to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Oct. 24. Emmalee Maciel was happy to see her grandparents too and show them her "new” bedroom in the house they have moved into in North Tisbury, while Kayleigh showed them her "new” bedroom in her new house in West Tisbury. Congratulations and happy birthday to all.

There is a toy drive drop box in the front hall of the Edgartown School throughout the month of November. If you want to help, you can drop off new, unwrapped toys, which will be donated to the Red Stocking Fund for kids in need, from newborns to teenagers. Other drop-off locations will hopefully be announced next week. If you would like to sign on as a toy drop-off location, please let me know.

The Martha’s Vineyard Harley Riders had their annual Toys for Tots ride on Sunday, riding their motorcycles around the Island, ignoring the weather predictions, collecting toys and money for the Red Stocking Fund. What an outstanding group of people these men and women are, putting their hobby and love of riding to such good use. We heard them well before we saw them. We at the Red Stocking Fund couldn’t do what we do without their help so a very heartfelt thank you goes out to the group.

The MSPCA is looking for dogs that were adopted from the Vineyard shelter to participate in this year’s Christmas in Edgartown holiday parade. All shapes, sizes, colors and ages are welcome to help us celebrate adopted animals everywhere! Owners can show off their special friends, while proudly prancing them down Main Street, as they don their Alumni bandanas! The parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10 am. Please call Jen Morgan, Projects Coordinator, at 627-8662, if you and your dog are interested in participating! You know who will definitely be a part of the fun. Yes, that’s right. Chester the dog will be marching, prancing, pulling, tugging, bouncing, whining, and proudly donning his alumni bandana.

The MSPCA also invites you to join them at the Adoption Center on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 12 noon to 3 pm for pictures with Santa. Bring your animals and the kids, and enjoy some refreshments, while the smaller critters sit with Santa in his sleigh and have their photo taken. Pictures will make great holiday cards and family keepsakes. A $15 donation is suggested. For more information, contact Jen at the shelter at 627-8662.

The Edgartown School PTO annual yard sale is Saturday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 am to 3 pm at the school. There will be something for everyone, so be sure to plan a visit into your busy weekend schedule.

Christmas in Edgartown will be the weekend of Dec. 8, 9 and 10 this year. Plans are well under way and it looks like the 25th anniversary of the event will be wonderful. The planning committee is looking for people to be part of the festivities, such as musicians and singers to carol through town, people to dress up as elves, town criers or anything else that will add to the fun. As always, we are looking for parade floats, celebrating the theme of "25” or just celebrating the season. Contact me if you would like to be part of the weekend fun or just the parade. The more the merrier.

That’s it for now. Have a great week and be sure to get me your news.