Edgartown Town Column

By Gail Craig - November 29, 2007
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For one brief shining moment in time on Friday, all was right with the world in the Craig household. Zeke Iammarino, Riley's best friend, confidante, creative and imaginative soul mate, and fellow Star Wars guru who now lives in Cambridge, spent a few glorious hours at our house. Speaking on behalf of Riley, I know that it made for at least one very happy boy!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday. Ours was fairly low-key but lovely as always.

The MSPCA has lots of events planned for Christmas! On Saturday Dec. 1, from 11 am until 3 pm, you can have your and/or your pet's picture taken with Santa. Also, during the Santa Photo Day festivities, they will be celebrating their first annual "Paws To Remember" tree lighting. Hot cider, refreshments, and treats for the animals will be available. Photos with Santa are $15 and you can buy a bulb on the "Paws To Remember" tree anytime during the holiday season in memory of a special pet for $10.

The MSPCA is also looking for alumni dogs to participate in this year's Christmas in Edgartown holiday parade. Each dog will get an alumni bandana to wear for the festivities. Last year, this was a huge hit in the parade and all of the owners and animals, including Chester and me, had lots of fun parading together. Line up for the parade is at 9:30 am on Saturday, Dec. 8, with the parade scheduled to begin at 10 am. Please call the shelter at 508-627-8662 if you and your dog are interested in joining the fun again this year.

The Hess household has been a mini-infirmary over the last week. Early last week, Kelly and Warner spent some time in the ER because Warner had an accident, in which a wooden stool fell on her big toe. Did you know that the big toe is the one toe that frequently does require treatment if broken? The good doctors at the hospital confirmed that the toe was probably fractured but that it didn't require a "boot" at that point but if it didn't get better within a few days, they should go see an orthopedist.

Warner made a quick recovery but on Friday, Kelly joined her on the injured list. While playing tennis against Tamara Buchwald, Kel reached for a return shot, felt a snap and couldn't stand up. She reluctantly left the court (she claims to have been winning to that point) and walked to her car hunched over, dragged herself into the car, made her way home, crawled up to her bed and broke out her dialing finger, trying to find a chiropractor open the day after Thanksgiving. Halfway through the list, she also called me, so I donned my super hero cape, my bottle of Aleve, and a bagel with cream cheese for the patient and headed over. We were able to get her an appointment at Vineyard Physical Therapy and after the appointment, Karen Kukolich sent us on our way with a take-home device to continue the electronic therapy on Kelly's back. As of today, Kel is standing upright like a human again, though it is unlikely she'll be playing tennis this week. And for those of you who are still wondering, I believe that yes, Kelly did win the shot!

Things will improve drastically on Saturday, Dec. 1 for the Hess clan, though, as they will be celebrating Warner's 7th birthday. Her actual birthday is later in the month, but Kelly and the kids will be traveling then, so they picked an earlier date for the party. And with everything going on this time of year, Dec. 1 was the chosen day. So happy extra early birthday, Warner.

Pat Rose reminds us to think of the Edgartown Library recycling program when disposing of those holiday bottles and cans. So far, $1,600 has been raised with the help of all those Island recyclers. The Library looks forward to reaching at least $2,000 before the end of the year. You may bring your contributions to the bin at the library, or call Pat if you need a special pickup, 508-627-3297.

The Island Theatre Workshop is dedicating profits from the opening performance of three medieval plays, "Miracles for Christmas" to the library expansion project fund on Dec. 7, at the St. Andrews Church. Chappaquiddick's own Abigail Southard will be among those singing an expanded musical program of old and modern tunes in this year's production. The performance space, St. Andrew's beautiful gothic sanctuary, will be just the right place to enjoy this wonderful seasonal material and to support our library. Watch for the times and dates for all the performances in the paper and on posters around town.

Don't forget all the upcoming events for Christmas in Edgartown Weekend, Dec. 7-9. And remember, we could really use some creative entrants in the parade this year! Line up is at 9:30 am at the Edgartown School on Dec. 8, and we step off promptly at 10 am.

I guess that's all I've got! Have a great week and be sure to get me your news.