Edgartown: Sweater comeback


This weekend marked the end of the summer season for real, according to the calendar. That said, on my run around town last night I noticed that Mother Nature has not gotten the message. The window boxes and gardens throughout town are magnificent. They are just thriving, and friends have posted pictures of their weekend hauls from their gardens. I’m not a proponent of climate change, but I sure do love all of nature’s beautiful displays that are reaping the benefits of warm temperatures and rain. The change in temps on Sunday and Monday foretell that change is coming, though. Sweaters and light jackets are making a comeback.

The Edgartown eighth grade annual auction will be Oct. 19 at 6:30 at the Loft in Oak Bluffs. We have amazing auction items for both the silent and live portions of the auction. We will be offering some light bites as well, and this year, Joanne Cassidy and her band the Vine Shakers will be rocking the house for dancing and fun. Tickets are $30, and you can contact me if you’d like to purchase one. Or 10. Or you can buy them at the door. Come support the eighth grade’s trip to Washington, D.C.

Did you know that you can register your Stop & Shop card at the store so that the Edgartown School PTA can get points from your purchases? Those points turn into dollars for the PTA, which means grants and events for the school. To make it extra-convenient to sign up, just click this link: stopandshop.com/school-rewards/.

In other school news, mark your calendars for the junior high musical, “Willy Wonka Jr.” Curtains will open at 7 pm on Nov. 2 and 3 in the Edgartown School gym. This year’s production is under the direction of music teacher Laura Walton and Ken Romero. There’s a tremendous amount of talent in our school, so I highly recommend you fit a performance into your schedule.

Be sure to check out the winning art and design work now hanging at the Vineyard Haven Mocha Mott’s from MVRHS students Olivia Schroeder, Jonathan Chivers, Owen Metell, Davin Tackabury, Jenna Joseph, Julianne Joseph, Jena Griffin, Aidan Nunes, Simone Davis, Felix Colon, Hemily Nascimento, Josue Dos Santos, and Frank Cray. These were the winners from last spring’s 2018 Vineyard Conservation Society’s “Art of Conservation” contest. The theme was “Habitat.”

Happy birthday wishes go out to our fabulous Spanish teacher, Laia Roig. And a happy anniversary to Tom and Amy Sullivan. These two are always so happy and celebratory that I found it hard to pin down the exact date, but it was somewhere around Oct. 5.

Connect to End Violence, the domestic violence and rape crisis program of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS), will hold its annual Domestic Violence Awareness Walk on Saturday, Oct. 13, in an effort to help raise awareness about Domestic Violence Awareness Month. All proceeds benefit the Connect to End Violence program. Registration starts at 10:45 am, and costs $5 to sign up in advance, or $10 the day of the walk. It begins at 11 am at Edgartown Park and Ride Lot, and is two miles through downtown Edgartown. Bring the whole family; water and snacks will be provided.

Morning Glory Farm’s annual Pumpkin Festival is on Oct. 13. Fill your day with pumpkin games, hayrides, live music, the fabulous trebuchet, and much more. Things start at 11 am and close up at 3 pm. Admission is free.

Tom and Mary Mandosa of Edgartown are looking forward to lots of fun and excitement, as they will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Barcelona, Spain, along with the Italian Riviera, French Riviera, Florence, and Lake Como. I’m jealous. And I hope they will share amazing stories upon their return.

Jamie and Amelia flew out to Denver for a family wedding this past weekend, where they met up with Riley for a few days. I’ve got to tell you, I miss that kid like crazy, but never more than this weekend, when I knew they were lucky enough to be with him and when so many college kids came home for the weekend. College in New Mexico has its good qualities. Weekend visits home isn’t one of them. Hopefully he’ll get to come home for Thanksgiving.

This, of course, gives me the opportunity to congratulate Jessica Harmon and Blake Ipson, who were married on Oct. 6. Jessica is the granddaughter of Shirley and Phil Craig, the daughter of their daughter Kim. I’m sure it was a wonderful celebration. Here’s to many years of happiness.

It was a very slow news week this week. With people traveling and businesses being busy, who had time to send in news? If you have anything to share next week, I generally write the column on Sunday night to meet my Monday deadline. Until then, I wish you all good health and a wonderful, fall-colored week.