Town Column


By Gail Craig
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Posted June 7, 2007

May and June truly have to be the busiest months on this island. I know that I'm not alone when I say that my head is spinning from trying to keep everything straight in our chaotic schedule! And I've sort of been working somewhere around 50 percent of capacity, at best probably, because I've been sick for the last week, actually taking to my bed on several occasions. This is just not the time of year to be down and out! Today I feel like I've finally turned a corner toward improved health again though and managed to get the house in order and finally turn over the garden, ready for planting.

Saturday night brought with it "Transitions," a dance performance at the Edgartown School by the Martha's Vineyard Dance Theatre Company and School, which was excellent. The Edgartown performers that I recognized included Alley Ellis, Amy Fligor, Caroline Fournier, Anna Markwica, and Jeffrey Enos, under the direction of Lori E. Cunningham and Jil Matrisciano, and they were all wonderful to watch. The production also included performances by children under the tutelage of Anna Markwica, including Edgartown girls Amelia Craig, Ellie Dolby, Sarah Taylor, Julia Crocker, Caroline Moffett, and Elizabeth Williamson, which was great fun to watch as well. And I apologize if I left anyone out of these lists! I'm working from memory, which isn't too good these days. Thank you to Lori and MV Dance Theatre for allowing our girls to join in your performance.

I know that I am biased, but I have to say that I am amazed by Anna Markwica. She really is an exceptional young woman, who stepped up to teach several groups of young would-be dancers when their dance school closed down last year, even with all of her own dance training and performing, homework, college applications, babysitting, and any of the other multitude of things that she does. Amelia and I, and I expect most of the other parents, are sorry to be losing her, as she will be graduating in a couple of weeks and heading off to BU in the fall, but we wish her luck with her future endeavors. Thank you, Anna, for taking good care of our girls and encouraging their love of dancing.

The Edgartown Council on Aging asked that I share that on June 29, the Anchors will be having a summer salad luncheon at 12 pm, during which they also honor June birthdays. They ask that everyone call ahead to register and to let them know if you will be celebrating a June birthday.

Also at the Anchors, on June 8 at 9:30 am, they are having an open forum with coffee and goodies to discuss ideas for future activities, groups and programs. They invite everyone to come and share your thoughts!

The only birthday wish I have for this week is for our four-legged friend "Chester the Dog" Mulroney, who turned 3 on June 2. Chester, who is currently sleeping on my feet, has now been part of the Craig family for some eighteen months and except for a penchant for escaping under the fence and running free with increasing frequency, he has settled in nicely.

Happy anniversary to Meaghan and Darren Morris, who celebrate 10 years of marital bliss today, June 7. Congratulations!

Last week's ice cream social to benefit Samantha Cassidy was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who donated ice cream, toppings, supplies, time, energy, and strong wrists to pull off such a great event. Friends and family were amazed and extremely grateful for the huge response and outpouring of support from the community as well as the school.

Tomorrow night is the annual Rainbow Place production "The June Jamboree" at the Old Whaling Church. Cindy, Becky, Heidi S., Kalle, Heidi C., and Sarah always have something new and exciting in store for the audience and I can't wait to see the latest performance. I am going to miss this whole crew so much next fall when Amelia heads to kindergarten. I can't imagine a better group of teachers to leave my child with, and I am grateful for their wonderful care and support over the last few years.

I wish I had more to share, but I guess, like me, everyone is too busy to fill me in on their news.

Have a great week.