Town Column


By Gail Craig
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Posted May 31, 2007

I've been waiting all winter for Memorial Day weekend and the start of beach season and yet, I still found myself sitting on State Beach three days in a row looking at the water, playing with the sand, and soaking up the sun, wondering how it got here so fast. I may have been unprepared - who wasn't with the hot temperatures we had on Friday and Saturday - but I still enjoyed it. I plan to take advantage of the cooler temps tomorrow by turning over the garden and maybe getting it planted. My vegetable gardens are never overly plentiful, but it's fun to do nonetheless and I enjoy passing the process on to Riley and Amelia. As long as we get lots of cherry tomatoes, they're happy. They love to just stand out there once the tomatoes come, eating them right off the plant. And how can you beat the taste of a real summer tomato right off the vine?

I hope everyone had a great long weekend. Hopefully, along with cookouts and beach fun, some of you also took part in Monday's remembrance events, paying tribute to all of those who have served our country. It's important to remember the real reason for the weekend.

The African Artists' Community Development Project is a Vineyard based non-profit that raises money via sales of Zambian crafts, for three Zambian children's aid organizations: an orphanage, a center for disabled children and a preschool. As part of these efforts, there will be a presentation and film of Marsha Winsryg and 17 year-old daughter Nora Karasik's recent trip to an orphanage near Lusaka and a home for disabled children in Livingstone, Zambia, where they held puppet workshops. The film will also be shown at the Charter School on June 14 at 7 pm. Additionally, Zambian crafts, such as baskets, fabric, jewelry and carvings, will be sold that night as well. Lastly, on July 8 at 4 pm and 8 pm and again on July 9 at 8 am the Spindrift Marionettes will present "Cupid and Psyche," a retelling of the ancient love story between god and mortal with original music. The Sunday matinee is an abridged version for children ages 4 to 11. The unexpurgated evening performances are for mature viewers. All funds raised at these events will benefit the AACD.

Happy birthday to Molly Hathaway Hargy, who turns the big 40 today, May 31! Amazingly, she doesn't look a day over 18. If you see her, be sure to wish her a big happy day.

Anyone in the Katama area early Saturday morning was likely to have had their morning surprisingly interrupted by the sound of a low-flying airplane. Many people in the area noted a red biplane "buzzing" homes and the little airport at a fairly low altitude. Rest assured, the plane in question was NOT the red biplane owned by Classic Aviators, which is housed and operates out of the Katama Airfield. Apparently the biplane responsible for the noise is nearly identical to Classic Aviators' plane but it is based off- Island. At this writing, it isn't readily apparent why they would buzz the airport and surrounding homes so early in the day, but Mike Creato would like to assure everyone one that it was definitely not his plane and that he will do his best to ensure that it won't happen again.

Congratulations to the hard-working staff, committee members, and trustees of the Edgartown Library. The library expansion project, which is now in full compliance with all town bylaws has received the green light and may now move forward, having cleared through a ZBA meeting last week. Fundraising efforts will begin in earnest soon, I'm sure, now that there is nothing else to really stand in the way of the project. If you haven't seen the new design, you should stop by the library to see the model that they have on display or visit the library web site at to see the drawings. It really is a very nice design and fits into the North Water Street neighborhood nicely.

I guess that's about it for now. Be sure to get me your news if you want to see it in print. As I've said before, if you don't send it, I can't write it!

Have a great week.