Town Column : Edgartown
The Fourth Grade Theatre Project performances were held last Saturday at the Vineyard Playhouse. In front of a full house for both the matinee and evening shows, the children in the two fourth grade classes put on two very entertaining plays. The entire production was well done, from the wonderful performers (that did not appear the least bit nervous), to the props, costumes, lights, and sound.
Jack Murray, who played the humorous Fluffy the Skunk, had his parents, brother and sister, and grandmother in the audience to cheer him on. After the evening performance, cast, crew, parents, grandparents, and friends enjoyed a celebration with wonderful baked goods and refreshments provided by parents and teachers.
I would like to acknowledge the great job adult actor Aaron Duclos did working with the children to make the play so entertaining. He played three roles in the two short plays, a fisherman, a veterinarian, and a pack rat. I met Aaron while he was working as a waiter at The Wharf Restaurant, and he has always been so friendly and a pleasure to come to know. Aaron is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and has acted since childhood.
The Edgartown Beautification Committee is working to improve the appearance and character of the town's parking lot between Espresso Love and the Main Street Diner. Committee member Kathy Pogue said that Mahoney's Garden Center is donating trees for the space, and medians will be added between parking spaces. Kathy also said that the town will put up lanterns for accent lighting in the parking area, like those found along North Water Street.
Janna O'Shaughnessy, Edgartown School PTO treasurer, reported that the Edgartown School has already earned $350 from the Stop and Shop A+ Bonus Bucks Program in just three weeks in October. You can start earning money for the school's educational needs as soon as you register your card online at stopandshop.com/aplus. You can also register your card over the phone by calling 877-275-2758. The A+ programs ends on March 18.
I have some news of my own to report. Last week, I completed 15 months of coursework for a Professional Certificate in Editing through University of California Berkeley's online program. I enjoyed being a student again, and learning online was a great experience. I am now editing a wonderful book on the effects of U.S. economic conditions on families and children, and I look forward to working on other such interesting and challenging projects in the years ahead.
Gail Craig continues her professional development coursework online as part of her computer teacher position at the Edgartown School. I give Gail a lot of credit, juggling her studies, full-time work, and being a great mom to Riley and Amelia. Gail celebrated her birthday on November 13; her good friend Meaghan Morris had her birthday the following day. Best wishes to the both of you.
Forget Wal-Mart. The Friday after Thanksgiving Felix Neck is holding its annual Fall Festival from 11 am to 3 pm, with this year's theme being "Where the Wild Things Really Are." The day's activities will include hayrides, scarecrow making, nature crafts, pony rides, food, guided walks, and music by the Flying Elbows. In addition, from 12 noon to 1 pm, Luanne Johnson will talk about otters and their habitat. Make every day special.