It is the week each summer that Edgartonians appreciate for various reasons. With the out-of-town trifecta this week of Illumination Night in Oak Bluffs last night, the Ag Fair in West Tis beginning today, and the Oak Bluffs fireworks tomorrow, some look forward to a bit of out-of-town entertainment, while the rest of us look forward to the quiet. Maybe, just maybe, this weekend, you will only have to circle the block twice to find parking, and the wait at your favorite restaurant might be a little more bearable. Perhaps I'm being optimistic. I might just leave town myself to partake of the revelry, in which case you are welcome to my parking space.
Very exciting news comes this week regarding resident daredevil Jeffrey Donaroma. Mother Janice reports that Jeff has culminated a summer of piloting lessons by completing his first solo flight. I was down at Right Fork Diner at Katama Airfield recently, where a scrap of a pilot's shirt is hung when he or she completes this milestone. I had never heard of this tradition. According to the Google machine, the tradition dates back to pre-radio times when the flight instructor would sit behind the student and tug on his or her shirt tail to get the student's attention. Thus, the symbolic cutting of the shirt tail. Congratulations, Jeff. Can't wait to see your shirt tail proudly displayed at the diner next time I have a craving for pancakes.
If you missed the event honoring Walter Cronkite, which took place at the Old Whaling Church last month, you can catch the telecast on MVTV August 16 and August 23 at 8 pm. Mr. Cronkite was a great friend to our town. While most remember him at work, reading the nightly news, many of us in Edgartown remember him at leisure, out on the water sailing the Wyntje.
The Edgartown Firemen's Association will be holding their second annual pancake breakfast Sunday, Aug. 22, from 8 am to 12 noon. For the kids, they'll offer fire safety books and balloons, and of course giant red trucks to climb up and crawl around on. You can get an inside look at the new addition to the museum, which houses the antique Mac fire trucks. There will also be DJ music, a jaws of life demo, and of course, pancakes, which this town can't seem to get enough of lately.
Get the lead out for a good cause on August 21 at the Camp Jabberwocky 5K Walk/Run and 1/2-mile Frabjous Fun Run (kids and wheels welcome). There will be tee-shirts, prizes, and give-a-ways. For information and registration, call 860-460-0406. Registration for the 5K closes at 8:15 am and for 1/2-mile 10:15 am. Register now!
I was down picking up niece Addy from camp last week at The FARM Institute, where she gets to learn about and pet the animals, and another person in our group was talking about the CSA and the delicious grass-fed beef, and I was realizing there is a lot more to this organization than I was previously aware of. I have since discovered The FARM Institute offers daily tours at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2 pm for a small fee. Call Cathy Verost at 508-627-7007 for more information. I'll see you there.
Explore the trees of Edgartown on August 24 during a repeat of the popular Polly Hill Edgartown Tree Tour. Join collections and grounds manager Tom Clark from 10 am to 12 noon for an informative and fun walking tour of the many glorious mature trees of Edgartown. As one past participant noted, "I will forever after see the town's trees with new eyes and greater appreciation." To pre-register and for carpool and meeting location, contact Karin Stanley at 508-693-9426.
I will be celebrating my birthday Monday, Aug. 23. I figure it is only fair to include this, as I have outed so many of you on your special days, and will continue to do so. Linley Day sadly is not included on all calendars, though it should be. Please celebrate by eating some cake in my honor. Pancakes are acceptable, and heaven knows you can find plenty of those in this town, most likely while supporting a good cause. So go pancake it up!