Town Column : Edgartown
With school starting this week, I will miss having my boys home with me, but I have no doubt that they will enjoy being with their friends and being challenged in the classroom. I am sure many parents have these same mixed feelings, whether their children are heading off to high school, returning for another year at the Edgartown School or the Charter School, or off to a great preschool such as the Rainbow Place.
I admit I am concerned about my children catching the flu when they return to school. Even without the flu present, it seems like every year one or the other of my kids gets a cold within the first couple weeks of school. I am happy to hear that the school system may offer the H1N1 vaccine. Between now and the time that the vaccine is available, it is especially important that we help each other by not sending our kids to school when they have a fever along with other flu symptoms.
I was talking recently about gardening with Jackie Korell, co-owner of the Katama General Store, and the subject of the squash bread I made last year with my son Lukas's giant winter squash came up. She asked for my recipe, and suggested I put it in the column. So here it is:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Ingredients: 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 ¼ teaspoons ground nutmeg, ¼ cup butter, 1 cup sugar, ½ cup honey, 1 egg plus 1 egg white, and 1 ¼ cups puréed cooked squash (fresh or canned will do). Sift together the first six ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. In a large bowl, mix butter, sugar, and honey until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and egg white. Add squash and beat smooth. Fold in dry ingredients. Put into a 9- by 5-inch greased loaf pan or into lined muffin trays, two-thirds full. Bake until brown (cooking times vary) and leave in the pan for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. As a variation, you can try adding chocolate chips with the other dry ingredients.
If you didn't make it over to take a tour of the Edgartown Lighthouse over the summer, you definitely missed out on a fine historical experience and one spectacular view. It is my understanding that the lighthouse closed for the season on Labor Day, but wouldn't it be nice if it could be opened for Christmas weekend in Edgartown.
The Boys and Girls Club is holding its 25th Annual Fall Golf Tournament this Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Edgartown Golf Club. Registration forms are available on their website (mvbgclub.org) or can be picked up at either the Boys and Girls Club or the Edgartown Golf Club. On Sept. 14 at 4:30 pm there will be a dedication and changing of the name of the club facility to the "Anthony H. Meyer Club House." Tony, a tremendous supporter of the Boys and Girls Club, passed away in July. There will also be an announcement concerning Tony's funding of an endowment fund and a junior golf program.
Make every day special.