Edgartown: full moon, emptying Island


I don’t know what had more of an effect on the quiet in town this past weekend — the fact that a lot of the tourists have gone, or that half the Island seemed to be at Gillette for the Kenny Chesney concert. I have never seen as many cowboy boots in one place as in my Facebook feed this weekend. Kurstin and Dayce Moore, Robbie Robinson and Galen Brew, and Diane Conover and her cowgirl cohort were among those in attendance.

Meanwhile, back here on the rock, we hardly needed reading lights, that moon was so bright and full. There is nothing quite as beautiful as a giant full moon reflected off the harbor, with every boat in silhouette, and the ripples glistening silver and gold, glitter and sparkle. What a show.

Well, rest assured, all who have left for their winter digs will be back this weekend for one last hurrah, as Labor Day weekend is upon us. The essence of this respite for hard-working men and women is felt so deeply here, with so many deserving folks ready to throw in the towel on another successful summer season. On to fall — a slower pace, more days off, hot days mellowing into cool nights, casting a line, and of course for this chick, watching football. Ah, fall!

The Friends of the Edgartown Library will sponsor their third Annual Pennywise Path 5k Walk/Run on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. Runners will gather at 9 am at the Edgartown School and be shuttled by bus to the start on Pennywise Path, which runs parallel to the Vineyard Haven Road. The route winds along the path, connecting with the bike path for the last mile through town to the school campus. The first 100 registrants will get a commemorative T shirt. Information and registration are now available at edgartownlibrary.org and at the library. The proceeds help support the programs of the Edgartown library.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) Connect to End Violence program has relocated to a new space in Edgartown. Connect to End Violence, which provides domestic violence and rape crisis assistance and supervised visitation services on the Island, is open for business at its new location. The new office phone number is 774-549-9667. For existing clients, the counselors’ individual phone extensions remain the same. If you are in need of walk-in services, or to make an appointment, please contact Connect to End Violence for directions to their new location.

Hey golfers! There are a couple of upcoming opportunities for you to put your swings to work for the greater good. First off, Edgartown Golf Club will host the 31st annual Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club Fall Golf Tournament, Saturday, Sept. 12, beginning at 8 am. For info on format and schedule details, visit mvbgclub.org/fallgolf.htm. Players and teams must register at Edgartown Golf Club or by calling 508-627-5343. For more information, please contact Peter Lambos at 508-627-3303 or plambos@mvbgclub.org.

And don’t put your clubs away just yet, because next up, the Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) invite you to participate in the Vineyard Charity Golf Classic, to be held on Monday, Sept. 28, at the Vineyard Golf Club. Registration that day begins at 7 am, and teams will tee off at 9 am. Registration, information, and sponsorship opportunities for the tournament can be found at mvcommunityservices.com/vcgc. Tournament prizes include a 2016 Toyota Highlander car from Falmouth Toyota as the Hole-in-One contest prize and a Boston-sports-themed raffle package. Other unique prizes will be given for longest drive, putting contest, and closest to the pin contests. Proceeds from the Vineyard Charity Golf Classic will benefit MVCS and a variety of nonprofits on Martha’s Vineyard supported by the Rotary. The tournament, hosted by the Rotary for 10 years, has raised more than $100,000 for Island charities and scholarships for youth.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Mike Poirier, who celebrates Sept. 3; to Wendy Harman, Sept. 4; to Lyra Paciello, Lisa DeToma, and Sarah Townes, Sept. 6; to Puppy Cavallo and Ashley Mundt, Sept. 7; and to Graham Murray, Sept. 9.