Town Column : Edgartown
I hope that everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Over the holiday, the town was filled with visiting relatives and folks with summer homes here. On Wednesday afternoon, traffic was backed up on Upper Main Street and Stop and Shop was buzzing with people, reminiscent of summertime.
Felix Neck held its Fall Festival on a beautiful yet windy Saturday, after rain on Friday led to its postponement. Staff and volunteers worked incredibly hard to make such a special day for so many people, and I think they deserve special recognition. There were a multitude of crafts to choose from that required substantial advanced preparation, including wonderful wreaths that came with an assortment of decorative accents to choose from, bird feeders made from logs, and critters created out of recycled materials.
If you did not make it to the Fall Festival, you may want to stop by and visit the shop at Felix Neck and check out all of the wonderful improvements that have been made - both inside the nature center and outside.
The Martha's Vineyard Commission has scheduled its last public hearing on the Island Plan on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 pm at their office in Oak Bluffs. The latest version of the plan, which includes revisions based on public comment from last summer, is available online at islandplan.org. The final Island Plan report is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Congratulations to Jim Athearn, chairman of the Island Plan Steering Committee; Ann Floyd, Steering Committee member; and all of the other people from town that have contributed to making the Island plan such a valuable planning tool for our Island's future.
Be sure to check out the holiday raffles at the front desk of the Edgartown Library. There are three winter baskets being raffled off: one for the mystery/adventure lover, one for fans of romance novels, and one for the children. Each basket has lots of good books to read, a blanket to snuggle up in, and assorted treats.
The library is also raffling off two original pieces of art. One is a gold-framed scenic oil painting of a classic Vineyard house by Donna Blackburn. The other is a contemporary mixed-media work with a gold fillet frame by P.G. Gravelle.
The raffles will benefit the Edgartown Library Foundation. Tickets are $2 each or six for $10. The winners will be announced at 4:45 pm on Saturday, Dec. 12, during the Christmas in Edgartown weekend.
The 12th Annual Nutcracker Gala will take place this Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm at the Performing Arts Center at the high school. Fourteen professional dancers from the Atlantic Coast Ballet company will perform, along with Island children from the Martha's Vineyard School of Ballet. Clara will be played by Sarah Pertile of Edgartown in the Saturday show. Edgartown children performing on both days include Grace Hall, Ava Thors, Kaya Maloney, Victoria Scott, Hannah Murphy, Genevieve and Eleanor Hyland, Reese McCracken, Caroline and Cassidy Kelleher, Annabelle Shevelin, Ruby Mercier, Evelyn Davis Brewer, Julia Murray, and Samantha Patnaude. Edgartown parents Laura Hall and Pam Thors are also performing.
Please keep in mind that the Massachusetts two-week deer shotgun season lasts through Saturday, Dec. 12. People walking in the woods should wear bright colors and proceed with caution, particularly at dawn and dusk, when the deer are most active.
Best wishes to Edgartown resident and rotary club member Harvey Hines, who is celebrating his birthday on December 5.
Make every day special.