Edgartown empties as crowds flock to Illumination Night, the Ag Fair


It’s a good week to be in Edgartown, as the August trifecta of Illumination, Fair, and Fireworks all take place elsewhere, and I know I say it every year, but it’s a lovely respite for those circling the block to find parking.

I did get to do a little gawking last week, as the Obamas and their entourage arrived at Alchemy for dinner. It is very cool to witness all that is involved in preparing a block of town for the safe arrival of the commander in chief.

Actually, a funny thing happened on Sunday out in Katama: There was some sort of fundraiser involving visiting politicos, and cars were parked the length of Katama Road. Well, apparently more than one car of tourists thought that that was where they had to park for South Beach, and begun unloading beach gear for the long walk to the water. Luckily, someone was on hand to set them straight, and the families were pointed in the direction of the ample beach parking.

How about that mini park? The new landscaping and brickwork looks so nice, and it just gives a good facelift to all of Main Street, I think. I look forward to sipping iced coffee and dripping coffee ice cream in this pretty little sanctuary.

Mateo and Justine DeOliveira have been spending some quality time with family in Brazil. So far, Mateo’s favorite thing to do there is go to school. I suppose the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree for this son and grandson of fine educators. Meanwhile, back at home, Paulo and Luiza have been holding down the fort, continuing to charm all whom they encounter with their infectious smiles.

Pancake season has been upon us for a couple of weeks now, and though I missed the chance to announce a couple of other flapjack throwdowns, rest assured there is still a browned batter bounty to be had. Head on over to the Fire Station this Sunday, August 23, from 8 to 11 am for their annual Open House and Pancake Breakfast. I’ve been told they are the best.

You want to listen to some smooth tunes Saturday night? Then get on over to Flatbread, August 22, for “Reelin’ in the Years: The Music of Steely Dan,” as well as classic favorites, with numerous special guests. This night of musical mayhem should not be missed. Steely Dan is one of the most influential bands in pop music (as well as a personal favorite of a certain column writer, ahem). The all-star crew of musicians on tap — some of whom played with the original band — promise not to disappoint. Visit brownpapertickets.com for info and ticket purchasing.

Featherstone will host their sixth annual Potters Bowl, Sunday, August 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. You can buy a beautiful handmade bowl, and your purchase includes soup and rolls with which to enjoy your new piece of functional art. While you are there, check out “The Art of Ceramics: Free Style,” and “As I see it…: Paintings by Joanne Bergen,” which both open Sunday, August 23, from 4 to 6 pm. Visit featherstoneart.org for more info.

The Martha’s Vineyard Library Association has invited the Council on Aging to participate in a project of UMass Boston called the “Mass Memories Road Show,” so head to the Anchors, Friday, August 21, following lunch, 12:45. The public is encouraged to bring photographs and artifacts that “tell the story” of Martha’s Vineyard. Items will be digitized or photographed and added to a statewide online project (also made available for local use). Participants are invited to tell the story of the photo/object on video. Call 508-627-4368 to sign up.

Join the Kelley House as they celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Kelley House Gallery, Thursday, August 20, from 5 to 8 pm. View the works of a talented collection of photographers, all of whom have a connection to Martha’s Vineyard. Artists include Michael Blanchard, Tim Johnson, Steve Myrick, Gwen Norton, Josh Robinson-White, Ben Scott, Maria Thibodeau, Vineyard Colors, and David Welch.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Laura Townes, Katie Fahey, and Lynn Ditchfield, who celebrate August 21; and to Doug Heil and Harley Snowden, August 22.