Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted September 27, 2007

We're launched into glorious fall weather, and beach-goers exult that "the swimming is still divine." It's generally the time of year when trips to other shores claim everyone's attention and travel planners are busy.

Now that the Island's summer visitor spree has subsided, it's time to put the house back into some semblance of order and, among other things, to take stock of what's still in the fridge, and maybe throw most of it out? We really don't need four different loaves of bread, from Osprey peasant to sourdough to Vermont to Wonder bread, all on hand to accommodate different tastes; nor do we need little wrapped odds and ends of cheddar, Swiss and Danish bleu cheeses, or four nearly empty containers of coffee ice cream; or the sauces, from barbecue to hot fudge. And while we're at it, there are assorted jars of things like red pepper relish, ranch dressing, herring in sour cream as well as some indistinguishable stuff, all of which has been taking up space since the late 20th century. Some people have more trouble throwing things out than others.

The library's new book discussion group will meet next month, Oct. 25, to talk about Jeffrey Eugenides's Pulitzer-prize-winning book "Middlesex." The library has extra copies of the book for those who have not read it and hopes that those who have read it will join the group.

The fourth annual Justin Lord Coleman memorial hike-a-thon will take place next Saturday, Oct. 6, starting at 12 noon. Hikers will meet at the Coleman residence at 150 South Road at 12 noon and have a choice of a three- or ten-mile walk along the Hancock Beach or continuing to Lucy Vincent Beach. Simultaneous walks will be held at Chapel Hill, N.C., and at Albuquerque, N.M., where Justin was born. For information about the Chilmark hike, please call Evelyn at 508-645-2261.

Kelly Kreyling was in town last week, visiting his mother, Evelyn Kreyling.

The roads were filled with visitors over the weekend, taking advantage of the beautiful blue-sky weather. Perhaps the greatest concentration of people could be found in the line of cars patiently waiting for parking spaces at Chilmark Chocolates. It was like August all over again.

Remember: I need your news to write a column, so please call or e-mail me and let me know what's going on. Have a nice week.