Edgartown in the Christmas spirit

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The Minnesingers perform at their annual family concert last Sunday, always a much anticipated holiday event. Last weekend the group gave two concerts and also sang carols on the street. The Saturday evening concert was a benefit for the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust. Photo by Ralph Stewart

By Anna Marie D'Addarie - December 14, 2006

Christmas in Edgartown was a tremendous success by all accounts, thanks to the efforts of scores of volunteers and businesses led by the Edgartown Board of Trade. Islanders and visitors crowded Edgartown last weekend for a host of events, the most events ever for the popular weekend.

More important than bringing shoppers into Edgartown stores, Christmas in Edgartown promotes non-profit organizations such as Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the MSPCA and the Red Stocking Fund. A new event this year was a scavenger hunt that took children from place to place, picking up prizes along the way. Thirty-five children took part along with 20 adults. Look for the scavenger hunt to grow bigger each year as more businesses get on board.

The annual Christmas Parade may have been small by some standards, but it couldn't have been more fun. The Edgartown Board of Trade gave the Island a huge dose of Christmas spirit. Hopefully the joy will see us through the winter ahead.