Town Column : Edgartown
I hope that everyone is enjoying this time of year as much as I do. My kids just pulled up their last carrots from our garden. It always amazes me what can grow on the Island well into October. Heavy rains combined with many mild and sunny days have helped to prolong the growing season this year. Even many of the leaves have yet to turn their beautiful yellows, oranges, and reds.
The Edgartown School's Book Fair is off to a great start. Students in each classroom will have a chance to visit the Book Fair this week, and with parental permission, the children can pick out books for purchase. I visited the Book Fair last Monday, and it was nice to see PTO volunteers Anne Marie Donahue and Jean Crocker on hand to help the children.
School librarian Donna Lowell-Bettencourt said that "Lego Star Wars: A Visual Dictionary" was the most popular children's book. The Book Fair also has a large number of adult titles, including a very informative book that I bought for my family called "Eat This Not That!" The library and classroom teachers have created wish lists for those that would like to donate a book to the school. Donations can be made in someone else's honor or memory. The fair is open weekdays until Wednesday, Nov. 4, and is open to the community.
Melissa Pitt asked me to announce that the Federated Church Youth Group will be meeting for a movie and popcorn on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 4 to 5:30 pm in the Parish House at 45 South Summer Street. All 7th through 12th graders are welcome.
Cub Scout Pack 90 sold $900 worth of popcorn recently while stationed outside of the Stop and Shop. Cub Scouts Pack Leader Andrew Bradshaw said that $500 of the money received was for donations of popcorn to be set to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Great work Cub Scouts.
It's happy haunting weekend in Edgartown. There will be trick-or-treating at Edgartown stores from 12 noon to 3 pm on Halloween. Charter School scarecrows out front of many stores on Main Street have helped to decorate the town. From 4 to 6 pm, Donna Blackburn will be painting faces at the Edgartown Library. And from 5 to 7 pm, children can trick-or-treat at the Federated Church Parish House.
At 4 pm, the Edgartown School PTO is holding its annual Halloween party for the children. The PTO put out the following announcement: "Come join us for some ghoulish fun in a safe environment. Music is provided for all those dancing feet. Enjoy pizza and refreshments. Try your luck at the doughnut on a string game, or go fishing for a prize. Everyone is a winner. Bring the whole family and get your picture taken, if you're not too scared. Make a great picture frame to put your scary memory in. Bring in your pre-carved pumpkin on Friday in order to enter it in our Carved Pumpkin Contest. Be as creative as you can be. All the fun will start at 4 pm on Halloween day, rain or shine. The costume contest will begin promptly at 5 pm."
Make every day special.