Town Column


By Gail Craig
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Posted August 9, 2007

These are crazy days! It seems like August should be a time to rest and relax but I always feel crazier than ever this time of year and this week is no exception.

While walking down Main Street the other day, I was stopped by Bess Stone who suggested that if I wanted news for the column, a young girl was selling lemonade and homemade dog treats a couple of blocks down on South Summer Street. I was running short on time, had lots of work to do and had nothing with me with which to write so I decided to skip it. However, I had another errand to run shortly thereafter and since I was only a block away, I decided to walk down and talk with her.

Adair Bartram
Adair Bartram.

As it turned out, the girl was Adair Bartram, daughter of Glenny (Dunlop) and Brent Bartram and granddaughter of Courtney Brady. As Glenny and I were childhood friends, I sat down to talk at length with Adair about her stand.

Adair, who is 7 years old, lives in Delaware most of the time but has been enjoying a lengthy visit to the Island this summer. Although Adair has run her business in summers past, this particular day was Adair's first of the season selling lemonade, limeade, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and homemade dog biscuits (complete with a bit of mint to help fight dog breath). As her older brother, Carter, was out sailing for the day, it seemed like a good afternoon to start up again. When I asked if Mom helped her with the baking, I was informed that it was in fact her dad, Brent, who helped her in the kitchen. Glenny, however, was her able-bodied assistant at the stand, along with her very cute and extremely well behaved dog, Dinah.

Adair shared a story with me about being overwhelmed by customers one day last year. Apparently, there was some sort of event next door at the Federated Church and when the event let out, Adair was overrun by hot and thirsty customers. Although she didn't have such an influx while I was sitting and chatting with her, business was steady. As part of her lesson in business, Glenny said that they discussed some of the financial responsibilities when in business and debated whether or not Adair should pay back the cost of raw materials for her business. However, Adair instead opted, with her parents' blessing, to donate 20 percent of her proceeds to the MSPCA. Clearly an animal lover, Adair hopes to become a breeder of rabbits when she grows up because as she says, "They keep getting run over by cars." Fiscally responsible, generous, socially aware, and, I might add, beautiful, Adair is clearly the whole package! It was a pleasure to chat with her and catch up with her mom as well.

The party to celebrate the life of Phil Craig was held Saturday afternoon at the Rod and Gun Club. The potluck event was truly a party that Phil himself would have enjoyed, with wonderful food, good beer and wine, a beautiful view, wonderful weather, and above all, excellent company. There were funny stories, musical performances, bagpipes, and much laughter and merriment, which would be exactly what Phil would want. There was a lot to do to get ready for the party and as always before such a function, nervousness about would there be enough food, good weather, and so forth, but it all came together without a hitch. It has been wonderful having friends and family around, reminiscing, laughing, catching up, sharing in the work, and enjoying each others' company. Shirley, Kim, and Jamie are much appreciative of the outpouring of support they have received over the last few months. Thank you to all who came to the party, shared a story, brought a dish, gave a hug, or any of the other million ways you have shown your support. As I've said before, this is a wonderful community to be part of when you suffer a loss. We Island folk pull together in ways that you just can't imagine until you need it.

Congratulations to John Stevens, the new principal of the Edgartown School. It will be nice to have someone at the helm once again, although I do believe the interim staff has done an outstanding job running things during these tumultuous months. I'm sure that Mr. Stevens will notice that, although in many ways the Island has stayed the same as it was when he grew up here, it has also changed a lot. While winter months are still slow and quiet, it's not quite the same as it was in 1970. Welcome back to the community, Mr. Stevens. And please prepare yourself for my son, Riley. You'll know him well very quickly as he tends to become very devoted to his principals, a fact to which Ed Jerome and Paul Dulac can attest.

The public is encouraged to attend the presentation of the Creative Living Award and the annual meeting of the Permanent Endowment Fund on August 9 at 6 pm at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. This year's recipient is storyteller Susan Klein, and she has promised to entertain the audience with one of her stories. Light food and drinks are served and the evening is always a good time. So head on over and learn more about the Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha's Vineyard and enjoy a fun evening at the same time.

That's it for now. Have a great week and be sure to get me your news.