Town Column


By Gail Craig
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Posted June 21, 2007

I'm finding it hard to believe that the 4th of July is only two weeks away at this point. Even with the warm weather and sunshine, I find myself ill prepared for summer. I guess with school out and the kids not enrolled in much in the way of camps or anything, I'd better get my act together! I figure I'll pull it all together right about the time school reopens in the fall!

While heading off Island last week for a quick shopping spree, I ran into Edgartown librarian and local artist, Donna Blackburn. As she had a substantial bag packed, I commented that she appeared to be going on a "real" trip, which indeed she was. It seems that Donna was heading off for a painting excursion in France. She is traveling with a group of other artists, staying in Vaison la Romaine, an old town rebuilt with the stones that the town-folk "recycled" during Roman times. Donna shared in an e-mail just today that "the quaint streets are wonderfully picturesque, and the people, both the towns folk and visitors from 'other parts,' are very friendly, and talk to us about our paintings," everyone trying the best with language barriers. It sounds like she is having a fantastic time and I can't wait to hear and share more next week.

Happy birthday to Owen Hess, who celebrated his 8th birthday on June 15. Owen celebrated the day with a group of friends playing miniature golf and eating cake and ice cream.

I attended my first Taste of the Vineyard Stroll last Thursday evening under the elaborate tents at the Daniel Fisher Property. I'm more the type of person to take advantage of a night like that by going elsewhere, enjoying the fact that most people have gone to "an event," thus leaving the rest of the town or Island quiet. But, the opportunity arose to attend and it was a very fun night! It was a treat to experience the food from so many local establishments, all of which was wonderful, and the band was outstanding, keeping the crowd dancing the night away. The atmosphere was extremely energized and fun. The event seems to have become a true kick-off for the summer season. I'm looking forward to next year.

School has come to an end for the year and with it came the end of all the sporting seasons. The families involved owe a big thank-you to everyone who worked so hard to make these sports programs a success, volunteering their time as coaches and organizers, teaching the kids the skills they need to improve, showing seemingly endless patience with all of the kids, regardless of talent or skill level. These parents/coaches are the unsung heroes of the Island sporting community and their efforts have not gone unnoticed by the parents.

Don't forget the fundraiser for Samantha Cassidy on Sunday night at The Outerland, featuring Joanne Cassidy and Friends. I got word the other day that Samantha had either returned to the Island for a couple of days or was scheduled to return shortly, following her first round of treatment. As if what she is going through isn't enough, poor Sam has been dealing with the chicken pox this week, which we all know is pretty unpleasant under the best of circumstances. Doors open at The Outerland at 8 pm, with a $20 cover charge. Go out, have a good time, and help a great cause.

The Edgartown Library is raffling off a Genesis Silver grill by Weber, generously donated by Ace Hardware on Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, and you have just three weeks to buy your tickets - they're $5 each or five for $20, payable to the Edgartown Library Foundation. I encourage everyone to buy tickets to support the library efforts, but I feel I should let you know that you'll be wasting your money, as I intend to win the grill myself, as our current grill scares the heck out of me every time I light it. It's a wonder I have any eyebrows left!

Remember that school is out so there will be lots of kids roaming around for the next couple of months. Please drive with extra caution!

Have a great week. Be sure to get me your news.