Town Column


By Gail Craig
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Posted May 17, 2007

The Craig family was dealt a blow last week with the passing of Phil Craig, husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend. While we begin to adjust to the loss, I would like to thank the many wonderful people who have supported us during this time. So many friends have come out to lend a hand, make food, watch kids, listen, or just offer up a shoulder on which to cry and we feel truly blessed.

I must offer a special thank you to Ken Comstock, Phil and Shirley's close friend since their time at B.U., who arrived on the doorstep from California two weeks ago and was a true Godsend for all of us in Phil's last days. If a man's friends are a true testament to his being, Phil was clearly a remarkable man. Ken is kind, loving, gentle, supportive, and up for any task at hand. His actions over the last few weeks have been a touching tribute to friendship and goodness and I have learned a lot from him about what true friendship means and what it is to be a truly good person. His example will hopefully help me be a better friend in the future.

Maureen Hourihan has written a trilogy of plays, Slow Train Coming, in tribute to her father's struggle with Alzheimer's, which will be presented this Friday and Saturday at the Vineyard Playhouse at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. For more information, call the Playhouse at 508-693-6450.

On Wednesday, May 30, Tom Dresser celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Come to the Katharine Cornell Theatre to remember those songs from the summer of love. For more information, or to send your memories in advance, e-mail Tom at or call 508-693-1050.

A free exhibit of new and antique hooked rugs will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 10-4 at the new Ag Hall in West Tisbury. This exhibit will show many examples of the work of rug hookers on Martha's Vineyard and will also include demonstrations of rug hooking.

The Vineyard's American Cancer Society fourth Annual Relay for Life will take place at the Regional High School track, starting at 3 pm on Friday, June 1, and continuing until 12 noon on Saturday, June 2. Corrine Hatt will be at the Edgartown Post Office on Wednesday, May 23, from 9 am until 3 pm selling Breast Cancer Awareness stamps and collecting donations for the Relay for Life. May is Breast Cancer Awareness month at Post Offices throughout the country and they have generously allowed Corrine to combine their campaign with collecting for the Relay. Corrine shared that she is looking forward to it so she can visit with her former colleagues and customers at the post office, as she really misses being there. It will be nice for all of us to see her smiling face again too and hear stories of life as a Grandma!

Congratulations to Dale Morgan, who recently underwent surgery to restore his hearing. Dale has spent most of his life never having heard his family's voices, or music, or so many other sounds we all take for granted, though he was apparently proficient at lip reading. I applaud his brave choice to undergo the surgery, which was a huge success. Dale can now hear everything he's been missing. While it must be wonderful to hear voices and music, I couldn't help but wonder if it is difficult to adjust to all the other surrounding noise out there - engines, horns, screeching tires, lawnmowers. But Dale's folks, Ted and Floss Morgan, say it is all absolutely amazing and that Dale is thrilled with the results.

There will be an Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, May 29, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Edgartown School to benefit Samantha Cassidy. A donation of $5 per person or $15 for a family will get you a delicious treat. Refill your bowl for only $1.

She-figured Dance and the students of Jil Matrisciano present "Shorts and Suites" Choreography Workshop at The Yard on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, at 8 pm. The performance is a diverse program showcasing the talents of the members of She-figured Dance and a select group of dance students that have been working with Ms. Matrisciano for the last eight weeks preparing short works of choreography.

Members of She-figured Dance that will be performing are Daryl Owens, Claire Baione, Jennifer Guercio, and Jil Matrisciano. Lori Cunningham, director of MV Dance Theatre will also perform with the professionals. Student dancers are Jaime Billings, Chelsea Brennan, Daneille Cleary, Jill Grzesiuk, Anna Markwica, Tessa Permar, Samantha Rabin, Christina Reppert, Marguerite Smith, Taylor Stone, and Kirsty Watt.

Tickets for the event are $15 general admission or select seating for audience members that choose to purchase a Scholarship Ticket priced from $25 to $50. All proceeds go into the She-figured Dance Scholarship with Ms Matrisciano matching up to $500 raised to give back to students who have demonstrated excellence in participation in the workshop. To reserve tickets, call 508-560-8306. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

Happy birthday to our friend Lukas Fenske and to our little Amelia Rae, who share a birthday on Sunday, May 20. Both kids will turn the magic five years old, setting them up for kindergarten in the fall, following in the footsteps of their respective big brothers, Charlie and Riley, who are first grade buddies.

The public is invited to attend the ZBA meeting on Wednesday, May 23, at 7 pm at the town hall to discuss the library expansion project. This public hearing is perhaps the last bureaucratic stop before the project moves forward with fundraising efforts. While the 22-space parking lot is the "official" item up for discussion, the project architect, library director, development committee members, and trustees will be on hand to answer any questions that may still exist. You can also visit the library's web site to view the plans and learn more at or stop in the library to see the model of the project and collect an informative handout.

That's the news for now. Have a great week.