Edgartown: Can it be summer already?


OK. I’m willing to admit I’m sick of winter. I realize it has been a very mild, easy winter, and though I am a New England girl born and bred, my soul is now and will forever be a warm-weather girl. So even though winter has really only been a couple of snowstorms and a total of maybe two weeks of cold, yucky weather, I’ve had enough already. The temperatures can rise and the flowers can bloom and you won’t get a single complaint from me. I promise.

Please join the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center (MVFC) on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 4 until 5 pm for an incredible parent-child activity. Nichole Shank, the amazing, clever, creative, and all-around wonderful art teacher at the Edgartown School, will lead this one-of-a-kind art adventure. RSVP to Kim at 508-687-9182 or mvfamilycenter@hotmail.com.

The MVFC will host a CPR certification, led by Scott Gertsman, on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 am until 12 pm in the M.V. Community Services boardroom. Earn your CPR certification during this three-hour course. Preregistration is required by calling 508-687-9182.

Also on Feb. 18, from 2:30 until 4 pm, you can head over to the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services’ Chicken Alley Thrift Shop for an exhibition of Gene Baer’s recycled Meals on Wheels Container Art.

Join the Island Wide Youth Collaborative on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 6 pm until 7:30 for an evening of writing, drawing or collaging, using recycled materials such as magazines and newspapers. Materials and dinner will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own notebooks and journals – blank or used! This group is open to ages 18-26. While drop-ins are welcome, preregistration is encouraged by calling 508-693-7900, ext. 400.

Happy birthday wishes go out to Kristen Jenkinson, who celebrated on Feb. 12, Erik Bruguiere on Feb. 16, and former Edgartonian Jerry Fritz, who will celebrate on Feb. 17.

Be sure to catch the classic musical “Guys and Dolls” at the PAC this weekend, presented by the always talented MVRHS Performing Arts Department. Performances are on Thursday, Feb. 16, Friday, Feb. 17, and Saturday, Feb. 18, with a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 each, $8 for children, students, and seniors. Always one of my favorite plays, I can’t wait to see the classic characters of Nathan Detroit, Nicely Nicely Johnson, Sky Masterson, and Miss Adelaide come to life on the PAC stage.

Staying on-Island and looking for something for your kids to do over school vacation week? Felix Neck is offering up four days of fun and exploration for kids in grades K through 5. Kids will search for tracks and signs of Vineyard creatures, and learn how different animals survive the season. The schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Feb. 28, Animal Instincts; Wed., March 1, Day and Night; Thurs., March 2, Habitat Quest; and Fri., March 3, Wild Nature. The cost is $62 a day for members and $72 a day for nonmembers, and kids can go for one day or all four! Registration is required. Visit the website at massaudubon.org.

Felix Neck is also having a sale this Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 am until 5 pm. Go by the shop at Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary for sales up to 50 percent off! From books and birdfeeders to T shirts and toys, they have everything to satisfy your naturalist needs.

I wanted to share a great fundraiser going on for the Edgartown School garden. Do you know about our garden? It’s amazing. Melinda Rabbitt DeFeo is our coordinator, and she does an awesome job. The kids plan, plant, and care for the garden year-round, learning so much as they go. And the best part of all? We get to enjoy the benefits of the harvest in our wonderful cafeteria for school lunches. We are spoiled.

So as our school garden sleeps, the Edgartown School Farm and Garden program invites you to support our upcoming garden needs by ordering your seeds through our High Mowing Organic Seeds FarmRaiser! You can shop online by visiting their website at

bit.ly/2MVseeds. Just click the Enter Market button to easily place your order online! You can also access the FarmRaiser and get timely program updates via the school’s Facebook page, Edgartown School’s Farm and Garden.

Here’s another great way to support the school’s fundraising efforts. Amerigas will give the school 2 cents for every gallon of propane purchased with their company. What do you have to do? All you have to do is put your propane receipt in the box in the central office, after making a copy for your records, and that’s it! The PTA handles the rest, and the school can make up to $2,000 a year this way. These funds help pay for school functions, grants, and so much more each year.

We had a great, albeit too brief, visit with my brother, Bobby, this weekend. He was in Providence for a trade show and then scooted down here for a quick overnight stay. He lives in Ohio now; we don’t see him often enough, and I really enjoyed the time with him, as did Pop and the kids. I felt a real sadness when he left this time. I must be getting schmaltzy in my old age; I miss having my siblings closer. I miss the days of my youth when the whole extended Goodwin side of the family lived on the Island and we roamed the streets together. I often wish that we could travel back in time and visit the wonderful memories of days gone by. I’d always come back, because I love my kids and am grateful for all that I have. But I’d still love to go back and relive so many days gone by.

Have a great week.