Town Column : Edgartown
I hope everyone was able to enjoy some of the Christmas in Edgartown events this past weekend. It was very kind of Mother Nature to clear the skies on Friday night for Donaroma's annual Evening of Enchantment. It was beautiful, as always. With my busy schedule this year, the parade suffered a bit from lack of organizational effort. However, a couple of people have claimed a willingness to take on that task next year. After ducking out of the Chowder Contest early, I spent much of the remainder of the weekend sorting and organizing toys and games with Meaghan Morris to prepare for the annual chaos that takes place for a week at Grace Church. As a result, I didn't make it to many of the other events, but I have heard from many that it was a delightful and successful weekend.
The Intergenerational Program between the Chilmark School and Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation has put together a beautiful calendar. It's just back from the printers and looks great. The students in Jack Regan's second/third grade class have been visiting their Windemere buddies for four years. Windemere received a grant from the Permanent Endowment Fund to purchase cameras for the students. The students take photographs of their lives and share them with their Windemere buddies. The calendar shows the students and residents together as well as the photographs that have been taken by the students in the program over the last four years.
The calendars are for sale at the Chilmark School, Windemere Recreation Dept, Chilmark Chocolates and Peacecraft. If you have questions, please call Betsy Burmeister at Windemere 508-696-6465, ext. 722.
David Howe, of Framingham, was the winner of the Federated Church Choir Raffle for the "Island Daylilies" Quilt by Herb Ward. Mr. Howe bought the winning raffle ticket at the Oak Bluffs Harbor Festival. The choir would like to thank everyone who supported this fundraiser, which raised $3,000 for their 2009 Choir Trip to France and Switzerland.
Jeanne Staples will be returning to Haiti in early January to continue work on the Peacequilts project, and is asking for help from Island quilters and sewers. The project needs donations of 100 percent cotton scraps or yardage with a special emphasis on small geometrics, solids, Bali prints, plain muslin, bold colors (avoid calicoes), cotton batting (Quilters Dream or similar is preferred), embroidery floss (DMC preferred - it's like gold in Haiti), buttons, dressmaking shears, needles, thread, rotary cutters, replacement blades, etc. Donations can be dropped off at the Vineyard Haven Library or Heath Hen Quilt and Yarn Shop at the Tisbury Marketplace. For more information, call Jeanne at 508-274-1104.
My apologies to anyone who submitted information for publication in the column recently if your news or item didn't make it in. With all the running around and chaos of the busy holiday season, a couple of requests slipped through the cracks. Either I missed your emails or didn't catch your phone messages in time. I have a word limit each week and I sometimes have to pick and choose what to include.
Now it's time to put our heads down and drive forward through the chaos of the next couple of weeks. There are only 10 days left until Christmas. Yikes.
Have a great week. Be sure to send me your news and maybe some New Year's resolutions.