Town Column : Edgartown
It's yet another Sunday night that I'm having trouble pulling my act together to write my column. I've got my mind on a million other things and can't seem to focus on the task at hand. Unfortunately, I also don't have much news, which doesn't make it any easier, I'm afraid.
Condolences go out to Julie Moffet, mom Judy Williamson, and her brother, Tim Williamson and their families for the loss of a father, husband and friend, Peter Williamson, last week. Peter was always a pleasure to bump into or visit with, smart, witty, and devoted to his family and the Island. We were lucky enough to see Peter at a party a couple of weeks ago and share a laugh or two with him. It's frightening and sad how quickly lives can change. Julie and Judy were both so helpful to my family and me when my mother was ill and when she passed and I have always been grateful for their love and support. It saddens me now beyond words to know that they now must go through the same grief themselves. I'm sure Peter has probably caught up with my mother, his brother Tommy, and various others who have already passed and, while I'm sure they are watching over all of us still, I'd bet that they are having one heck of a party filled with laughter as well. Peter will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched over the years.
Did you know that the Newes Pub at the Kelley House is going to start having trivia nights starting Feb. 5 and continuing through April? The fun begins at 7 pm every Tuesday night to help get you through the doldrums of winter. I may have to go myself once in awhile. I have a whole head full of completely useless information. Maybe I could at least put it to some use having fun. It doesn't seem to be earning me millions of dollars yet. But fun is good.
Kelly Hess just returned from three days of tennis camp in Florida. Two weeks ago, poor Kelly wrenched her back and couldn't stand up straight for a week. Finally, between physical therapy, muscle relaxants, and the chiropractor, she was finally on the mend in time to go to a Celtics game with Owen. Unfortunately, during her trip she contracted food poisoning, having her mighty ill for about 24 hours and very weak for several days after. She recovered just in time to venture off to Florida for the camp. Upon her return, she sounded quite chipper on the phone, having had a great time. She's planning on making it an annual event, hopefully without the sore back and food poisoning beforehand.
As usual, the Martha's Vineyard Big Chili Contest was a huge - and I do mean huge - success. They had a bigger tent this year, which meant, of course, even more people. It was completely and totally insane and everyone seemed to have a great time. The PA Club staff and volunteers do a great job as do Mike Delis and Mike Santoro and all of the rest of the security crew. While working the front door I was talking with some of the security staff about what a great function the contest is. Even though it is so big and there are so many people and there is so much drinking to go with the chili consumption, it is generally a smooth-running and very jovial situation and just a fun day. Problems are rare and if there are any, they are handled quickly. I have no idea how much was raised for the Red Stocking Fund, but I do know that it is one of our primary fundraising events each year and we greatly appreciate everyone's efforts to pull it off every year.
The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Martha's Vineyard will hold their Kickoff Event/planning meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 pm at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital cafeteria. Anyone interested in forming a team or thinking about having a team should attend! Team captain kits will be available along with information about organizing and motivating your team. The Relay for Life this year will be June 13-14. For further information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wish I had more news for you, but I guess it's been a slow week. Shocking for January on Martha's Vineyard, I know. Have a great week. Be sure to get me your news.