Town Columns


By Gail Craig - November 30, 2006

When I was a kid, I remember dreading Sunday evenings, gearing up for the week ahead, heading back to school after a couple of days of freedom. Little did I know that my folks probably dreaded it at least as much. Sundays can be so crazy with everything that needs to be done for the week ahead, trying to get back into the swing of things. It's especially hard after a vacation. The idea of setting an alarm to get up tomorrow morning after five days off is tough.

Because inquiring minds wanted an update on the Craig household, here is the latest. Riley is coming along swimmingly on the violin. He has advanced to using the bow and has begun to play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." He is also reading like a champ now. Where we used to have to force him to sit down and read, we now can't stop him! I keep finding him curled up in a chair with a book! Amelia continues to spend just about every waking hour either dancing or annoying her brother. She is quite good at both. And last but not least, Chester the Dog is getting fat and has begun to grasp the full meaning of the word "spoiled." As I write this, he is on one end of the sofa, Roxie is on the other, and Wagger is in the middle.

Phil and Shirley Craig have returned from a three-week adventure to Turkey, where they particularly enjoyed Cappadocia, with its interesting people and geography. Though they missed Halloween, they did return in time to host Thanksgiving, which was a marvelous feast, as always.

James Hagerty, son of Barry Nevin and Robert Hagerty, was home for a few days to enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends. Following the visit home, James, presently serving in the Marine Corp as a platoon leader, has returned to Quantico, Va., to complete his training over the next few weeks.

The Hess Clan headed off to Philadelphia to enjoy Thanksgiving with family. During their travels, they took in the Philadelphia Zoo, which is America's first zoo and is home to over 1,600 animals. Everyone had a great time but Kelly and Mark were happy to return home. Wade Boggs and Frost Bottom were equally happy to have them back, too.

Don't forget photos with Santa at the MSPCA on Saturday between 12 and 3 pm. Bring your critters! While you're there, check out their commemorative brick program. You can buy an engraved brick, in honor or in memory of a special pet or person, and it will be permanently displayed in the walkway at the MSPCA.

Okay folks, the clock is ticking. Christmas in Edgartown is only a week away now. The parade is threatening to be VERY SMALL this year, as I've not heard from too many participants yet. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised on Saturday morning at 9:30 and there will be a huge number of floats and performers lining up at the school to parade joyously through town, but I'm beginning to have my doubts. Three years ago, when the parade was cancelled by the town and a few of us pulled together a pseudo parade at the last minute, I heard from a lot of people. Folks in this town were upset that the parade wasn't going to happen and wanted to be a part of it in the future. Well, now's your chance! It's the 25th anniversary this year. Let's make it big! Call me or e-mail me for details or with your ideas.

If you want your Christmas in Edgartown event mentioned next week or have news to share, be sure to get in touch with me by Sunday night. My deadline is Monday morning.

That's it, folks. A quiet news week, I guess. Have a great week. And remember, if you don't send it, I can't write it!