Edgartown: So much goes into running our little town

The Edgartown school 7th graders skied at Gunstock, in NH, last week. – Courtesy the Edgartown School

It is nice to see the pink and red heart decorations beginning to peek through all the snow out there, as we prepare for Valentine’s Day. It is cold and treacherously icy outside, but there’s nothing like a little bit o’ love to warm things up. So make sure you share some good vibes with a loved one this weekend, whether it be a significant other, a best friend, or your mom. Let’s all feel the love.

Mike Poirier and Emily Phillips have a lot to celebrate this Valentine’s, as they just recently eloped. The two tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Jan. 28, with a ceremony presided over by an 85-year-old female volunteer with a diamond-stud nose ring. Best wishes to the two of you.

Stephanie Teller had a very special birthday this past Sunday, as daughter and son-in-law Sara and Doug Moses welcomed baby Henry (“Hank”) Douglas Moses to the world. That makes two grandchildren for Stephanie, as Hank joins sister Eloise in this happy tribe, and that would be another great-grandchild for Tommy and Estey Teller. Congrats all around.

I have once again been helping out with the Annual Town Report, assisting with the editing of our town’s summary of the goings-on of yet another calendar year. It really is fascinating each year to read the reports regarding everything from harbor emergencies to wastewater maintenance. There is so much that goes into the smooth running of our little town, and it’s interesting to check out all the little intricacies thereof.

As always, my favorite report is Barbara Prada’s Animal Control summary, where each year she shares a couple of entertaining anecdotes regarding our furred and feathered fellow citizens. A highlight for 2014 was a macaw who ended up in a tree, and each time the owner asked the bird to come down, he replied “OK!” but never budged. If you read nothing else in the Town Report, read the Animal Control page, where in addition to our parrot friend, you will be acquainted with Chilly the sheep and Tyson the dog and the wacky hijinks in which they engaged.

Speaking of sheep, Featherstone will be featuring these creatures in “I Love Ewe: Year of the Sheep,” a show that celebrates the Chinese New Year. Whether it’s something you wear or something you admire, the gallery will be transformed with the presence of these sweet animals. Artists from all mediums have been invited to be a part of the show, and with so many sheep lovers on the Island, they expect a fantastic turnout. During the opening reception, Sunday, Feb. 15, from 4 pm to 6 pm, you can partake of everything from spinning demonstrations to sheep cupcakes. Sheep are creative and gentle creatures that bring us warmth and inspiration during these cold months, so come get warm and check it out. Hey, you never know — maybe you’ll see Chilly there! The show continues through March 11. For more info, visit featherstoneart.org.

In other animal news, Island Alpaca Co. was so excited to be part of the Edgartown Library’s story time on Friday, Feb. 6, which featured a visit by the popular storybook character Llama Llama and a reading of stories from a number of Llama Llama’s favorite books. Island Alpaca Co., home to 70-plus Alpaca, brought along Bosco and Atticus Rex, who received a warm welcome from all those in attendance, and were introduced as Llama Llama’s second cousins. A good time was had by all.

Join Tracker Home Decor during the week of Feb. 7th–15th to see the design team’s favorite LEE picks, and receive 30% off their retail shop plus 30% off all special orders from LEE Industries. Highlights of the week will include the LEE Loves Tracker Cocktail Party, Friday, Feb. 13, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. Sip and shop, and perhaps win a prize drawing from a local Island vendor. If you can’t make that, Saturday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 am to 2 pm, Tracker has teamed up with the Art Cliff Food Truck! Stop by for a Valentine’s Day lunch. Ten percent of event proceeds will benefit Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

Bring your hearts to the Linden Tree.

Please join Sense of Wonder Creations’ young people this Saturday, Feb 14, Valentine’s day from 10 am to 2 pm and after to place your homemade heart on the Linden tree on Main Street in Vineyard Haven (next to Capawock), with your heartfelt hopes, dreams, or prayers for your family, friends, the world or anyone that you know who is in need.

Then, it is up to you and universal love to make your valentine promise come true.

See you on Saturday.

P.S. make it waterproof if possible, or we can help with that.

Write Pam Benjamin with any questions: psb@senseofwondercreations.org.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Stephanie Vincent, Drew Smith, Steven Dunayer, and Steve Saxonis, who celebrate Feb. 12; to Melissa Lewis, Feb. 14; to Tim Starzyk, Feb. 15; to Mr. Ed Jerome, Feb. 16; and to Barbara Paciello, Feb. 17. Hope you all have a great day.