Town Columns


By Gail Craig - December 7, 2006

Ah, Saturday morning dawned with all that is good and bad about living on Martha's Vineyard. The kids and I decided to make a run to the Cape to visit with cousins Nancy Corwin Dillon and her daughter Anna, and Jennifer Corwin Van Gelder, her husband Scott and daughters Samantha and Joanna. However, we didn't have a boat reservation, nor did we have any cash. No problem! We were headed on an adventure! We'd hit the bank on our way to the boat, get in standby, read some books, play some games, sing some songs and hopefully get over sooner rather than later. Alas, the best laid plans, as they say.

The bank next to the post office wasn't open yet. So we headed downtown to see if that branch was (please!) open, which it wasn't. But, this is Martha's Vineyard so a solution wasn't far off! It was a mere parking space away, in the form of our friend Bill, who came to our rescue, at least partially. Although unable to provide a boat reservation, he did provide us with a little cash to get us on our way. Whenever I start to curse living on an island, my higher powers toss me a little reminder of the good things our insular living offers. Anyway, after a short wait for a boat, we made our way to Falmouth, where we caught up with all the cousins and had a very fun-filled day, culminating in a visit to Santa and a fun evening of lights, toasted marshmallows and Christmas carols, before catching the last boat home! The kids are getting to be old enough to do things like this more often. We really need to make it more of a habit.

Donaroma's Nursery wants to invite everyone to their annual Evening of Enchantment on Dec. 8. This year, they are adding a few new surprises and hoping for some magical weather to add to the ambiance (unlike the wind and rain last year). Guests are encouraged to use the trolley parking area behind Edgartown Pizza, as Donaroma's will be closing off their parking lot for the luminaries. There will be plenty of lighting from the parking area to help guide people along. The event is from 6-8 pm.

I hope most of you readers out there got to enjoy The Nutcracker this weekend at the Performing Arts Center. It was wonderful. Edgartown's own Rev. Jerry Fritz was a delightful Herr Drosselmeyer, counterbalancing a wonderful performance by his 12-year-old daughter, Katelyn, as Clara. We were also very excited to see Jeffrey Enos in the opening party scene, along with his significant other, Alison. Riley all but rushed the stage to see Jeffrey. The entire performance was excellent, very professional and a fun way to spend the afternoon. What a treat that we are able to have a local presentation of this classic story, highlighting local dancers, while giving them the opportunity to work with a professional troupe of dancers.

Thank you to Mark Hess, who recently exerted his usual two-day effort setting up one of my favorite Christmas trees in Edgartown, out on the driving range of the Edgartown Golf Club. Next time you're driving up around the Triangle, be sure to look across the field at the golf course to catch the beautiful view. For the record, the other tree that I look forward to each year is on the hill at Janet and Floyd Norton's home on the West Tisbury Road and, though I've not seen it yet, I am on the lookout for it.

Happy birthday to Warner Hess, who turns 6 on Dec. 10, and to Phil Craig, who celebrates his birthday on the same day. Finally, happy anniversary to Phil and Shirley Craig, who celebrate their anniversary on... you guessed it, Dec. 10.

Patricia Mello of Morse St, Edgartown, would love to receive cards during her stay at Harborside Healthcare. Notes and cards can reach her at: Patricia C. Mello, Harborside Healthcare, 359 Jones Rd. Falmouth, MA 02540, Lighthouse #10.

Christmas in Edgartown weekend is upon us. Friday night, the festivities begin, with Donaroma's Evening of Enchantment, the evening of shopping and the lighting of Edgartown Light. Saturday morning will bring the parade at 10 am and a number of other events around town, culminating in the lighting of the tree and caroling in what is becoming known as the Village Green, formerly known as shell path park. Sunday will have breakfast with Santa at the Wharf and other fun events throughout town. Schedules and maps will be available throughout town to help keep you informed of what's going on, when and where. Here's to a great weekend ahead. Be part of the festivities and spread some holiday cheer.

You may have noticed large red stockings hanging on many of business establishments in town. The purpose of these is two fold. They mark members of the Edgartown Board of Trade who are participating in Christmas in Edgartown. But starting this year, they are also for collecting items for the Red Stocking Fund and the Island Food Pantry. When you're out and about this weekend, you can drop off new unwrapped toys, hats, mittens, or batteries for the Red Stocking or a non-perishable food item for the food pantry. It's a great way to help people in need.

The Edgartown Library will be hosting a "stitch 'n' _itch" on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. This is just a social time with no formal instruction although two of the librarians (Donna and Kathleen) will be there to provide help if needed. Bring a project, have some fun, and maybe meet some new people.

In other library news, I encourage you all to stop into the library and see the amazing new model on display there of the proposed library expansion project. It's a wonderful rendering of the project, accurately showing the appearance of the expansion and how it fits into the neighborhood. And if you are part of a group that would like a presentation of the proposal, don't hesitate to let Felicia Cheney, the library director, know and she would be happy to try to accommodate your request.

I think that's about it. Have a great week.