By most accounts, Christmas in Edgartown was very successful. Kicking the weekend off to a great start despite the weather was Donaroma's Evening of Enchantment, which was beautiful as always. The parade went off without a hitch on Saturday morning, business was good around town, the chowder contest was packed even with a bigger tent, the tree lighting and carol singing in the Village Green was well attended, and the kids' treasure hunt on Sunday was very popular. It was truly a weekend to put everyone in a holiday frame of mind.
I would like to send a big thank you out to everyone who joined in the parade, particularly Rick Mello for the use of The Black Pearl, Debbie Grant and Mike Cassidy for the use of their golf cart and trailer, and most of all to Bob Brown, roadie, soundman extraordinaire, and all around great guy who came through for me at the last minute when I told him I needed music for the parade. I told him on Friday I had holiday music on my iPod but needed some sort of portable speakers. As always, he was able to hook us up with a great sound system and off we went! I really must take sit down with him someday and find out how one makes the progression from working with Alice Cooper to the Edgartown School. I bet it's an interesting tale! Thank you to everyone who helped make the parade a success. Next year, I hope to learn the word "no" when it comes time to organize the event, but I think I say that every year.
There will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 7 pm at the PA Club in Oak Bluffs to raise money for the Charter School's high school students who will be returning to Biloxi, Miss., to work on hurricane relief efforts in January. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and are available at the door.
The Edgartown eighth grade students successfully completed the "Challenge By Choice" Ropes Course last Thursday and Friday. These focused young ladies and men worked very hard on both the low and high elements out at the course. They truly took care of one another while taking on this new climbing adventure. This day is a wonderful chance for the students to work together as a team and class, practice problem solving skills, work on trust, while building personal self esteem. Those involved would like to extend thanks to Captain Robert Ogden of the Dukes County Sheriff's Department for providing the eighth grade with this experience as well as the Edgartown School Administration for participating and supporting this very important day!
Thank you to everyone who has been helping out with the Red Stocking Fund this week. At this writing, the Fund will be taking care of 325 kids in need this year, and that number is likely to increase due to last-minute applications before Christmas. This is about a 20-30 percent increase over last year. As it looked as though we would be running short of toys this year, I sent out a mass e-mail over the weekend, asking people to donate toys if they could and the response was outstanding. It's amazing what this community will do when called upon to help others. Thank you to the donors, wrappers, heavy lifters, shoppers, everyone who made a difference for these kids in need.
Condolences go out to Susan Sellers, who lost her mother, Gloria, unexpectedly last week. Susan called me as she was heading down to Washington, D.C., for services to give me the news and to talk a little about her mom. Gloria, an artist like her daughter, was 81 years old and still a force to be reckoned with until her passing. Strong and independent, she could often be seen riding around Washington on her scooter or at The Kennedy Center, where she spent time helping out and immersing herself in the culture available to her in Washington. Susan reminisced about how much her mother enjoyed her visits to the Island and supported Susan's artistic pursuits, so proud of her artistic talents. For any of Susan's friends who may be wondering, donations may be made in memory of Gloria to Saint Paul's Parish, 2430 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20037 or to the charity of one's choice.
That's it for now. Have a great week and be sure to get me your news.