Edgartown: Celebrations abound

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I’m writing this week’s column as I watch the presidential debate.That might not be a good idea. I might get more cynical as the night goes on! This election is nothing if not interesting, that’s for sure.

Celebrations abound this week. Happy birthday wishes go out to Eric Perry and Erin Hill, who both celebrated on Oct. 9. And happy anniversary wishes to Donna and Bob Enos, who celebrated 23 years of marital bliss on the 9th as well!

The Martha’s Vineyard Family Center is pleased to offer Infant Massage with Fae Kontje-Gibbs on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 12 pm until 1:30 pm. Fae is an Island mom and grandmother who has been working with bodies of all ages for over 30 years. She is a certified yoga instructor and bodyworker, and a licensed acupuncturist. Preregistration is required by calling 508-693-7900, ext. 283.

In celebration of the Martha’s Vineyard plates hitting the road, and to thank those who have purchased plates to support Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) and Island nonprofits that benefit youth and elders, MVCS and the MV License Plate Committee invite all MV plateholders to attend “Tour de MV License Plate,” a group caravan around the Island, on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Participants are asked to arrive at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) parking lot at 1:30 pm on Sunday, Oct. 16. The caravan will leave promptly at 2 pm from MVRHS, and end at MVCS for a barbecue and live entertainment by Tristan Israel and Paul Thurlow.

Did you know that Electronics Disposal Days, sponsored by Bruno’s Rolloff, are a fundraiser to support the programs and services of MVCS? I guess I knew that, but I didn’t know I knew it. Anyway, the next Electronics Disposal Day is Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 am until 2 pm at MVCS. Recycle your old and tired, personal or business air conditioners, cell phones, computers, copiers, dehumidifiers, fax machines, microwaves, monitors, laptops, printers, refrigerators, scanners, stereo equipment, televisions, washers and dryers, and scrap metal. Fees are between $2 and $30 per item. New this year: They will also be collecting nonperishable food donations during Electronics Disposal Day, for the Vineyard Committee on Hunger. Food items must be non-perishable, within the expiration date, not dented or opened, and be clearly labeled.

The Federated Church is having a potluck dinner, on Oct. 20 at 6 pm, at its Parish House on 45 South Summer Street, in Edgartown. This is a free event, open to anyone who would like to bring a dish to share. We would also appreciate it if you could bring a nonperishable food product for the Island Food Pantry. To sign up for the event, please call 508-627-4421, email at admin@federatedchurchmv.org, or stop by the Parish House during the week between 9 am and 12 pm, or on Sunday mornings. Please list your name, the dish you will bring, and your phone or email. You may also reach the church at its website federatedchurchmv.org; check under Events.

The Martha’s Vineyard Partnership for Health is offering a free series of eight sessions in “A Matter of Balance” every Monday, starting on Oct. 24 and running through Dec. 12, from 10 am until 12 pm. Participants will become more confident about managing falls, identifying ways to reduce falls, and learning and engaging in exercises to help increase their strength and balance. Preregistration is required. For location and information, email at ksamways@ihimv.org or call 508-627-5797, ext 114.

Are you proud of me for managing to avoiding political talk and not appearing cynical or bitter in this week’s column? One thing I think we can all agree on is that no matter who wins, it’s going to be really nice to have this election done with. It’s such a long, drawn-out, painful process, and we’re all so sick of it by the time the actual election happens. Maybe this election having been such a disaster will be enough to change business as usual in politics and help us turn things around.

Have a great week.