Town Column


By Gail Craig
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Posted March 29, 2007

Spring on Martha's Vineyard is always an interesting experience. You can actually watch my moods swing with the weather. The days that are sunny and warm, I have boundless energy and just want to go go go. The cold, gray days, on the other hand, just make me want to go go go......back to bed. There is a great line in a song by John Mellencamp that says "I know there's a balance. I see it when I swing past". Ah, the story of my life!

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that the Edgartown School held a family math night for the students and their families where everyone could play math-related games, have a snack and win some prices. What I didn't know at the time and have since learned is that Bill Brown, the manager of the Edgartown Office of MV Insurance Agency, arranged for the agency to donate the games/prizes for the event and that his wife, Linda Brown, was the organizer of the event. I would like to thank both of them for their efforts on behalf of the kids.

It is sometimes so easy to notice all the negative things about living on this Island and I am as guilty of that as anyone. But then you learn little tidbits like this on about the math night or you suffer some sort of loss and you realize that the good things in this community outweigh the bad because the good things - the closeness of people, the support, the caring, the fact that someone is usually there to catch you if you fall - those are the things that matter in life. Expensive groceries and lack of boat reservations, while certainly difficult, are more a matter of inconvenience. And I'll try to remember this the next time I'm in a standby line for three hours!

Barbara Lopes and Pamela Butterick have announced that they are trying to put together a 40th Minnesinger Reunion and concert/reception this coming summer and would like to hear from all current and former Minnesingers so they can put together a mailing list and solidify plans. One of the people they hope to include is Tom Mills, the founder and original director of the group. They are also hoping for volunteers from each decade to sit on the committee, perhaps host gatherings, etc. As a former member myself, I have already provided my information and promised to get in touch with "my peeps", including my sister and various friends, who were also in the group back in the day. I really miss singing and think this could be a lot of fun. Anyone who was part of the All Cape or All State groups through the years can surely remember how amazing it was to sing with a big group of talented people, rehearsing hard for a few days and turning out great concerts. It was always a lot of fun and now that we're all older, we can laugh at ourselves more and have an even better time. People can get in touch with Barbara Lopes at or Pamela Butterick at

My sister, Pammy, is now into her second of six to eight weeks at home, as she recovers from some major surgery. And if she doesn't start listening to her baby sister, not to mention her doctors, she's going to find herself there for a lot longer! But seriously folks, she's at home for a while to rest and recover from the surgery and she's already bored out of her mind, so if you have a moment, feel free to keep her in your thoughts and hope for a rapid recovery on her behalf. And if you would help me out a little by sending up a silent prayer/wish that she would listen to me for a change, I'd appreciate the help.

Congratulations to Ashleigh Poirier, daughter of Michael Poirier, who was recently named to the Dean's List for the fall semester at Lesley College, where she is majoring in human services. Mike sounded like a proud father when relaying the news to me. I remember Ashleigh as a little tiny girl, riding the trolleys around town when I drove them back in the day. I am truly amazed that she is now in college. Time flies.

Fran Resendes is home following her knee replacement surgery. She is doing well and can't wait till this second knee is shaped up enough to do the stairs to her sewing room so she can get back to her real passion - quilting! Also, she's ready to start driving and get out to all those Edgartown hotspots, such as the Stop & Shop, the bank, and the post office. It sounds like she should be rip-roaring, ready to go when spring really does hit the Island.

That's it for now. I'm off to that second cup of Joe and that shower to try and get some oomph on this gray day. The sun is trying to peek through so maybe, just maybe it will brighten up. You know that definition of insanity - the one that says something about repeating the same behavior and expecting a different result? That is me every spring. I always expect sunshine and 50 degrees in March or April every year, forgetting that spring on Martha's Vineyard is usually the last week of June, and then it turns immediately to summer and off we go. Okay - so that might be an exaggeration. At least I took down the outside Christmas decorations this weekend. That's a step in the right direction, right? And our vole is back digging up the yard, so can spring really be far off?

Have a great week and be sure to get me your news.