Edgartown: What money can’t buy

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Wow. It looked like we were revisited by summer crowds this past weekend, didn’t it? I didn’t get out to see much of the goings-on over Christmas in Edgartown weekend, but I heard story after story of the traffic and crazy parking and people everywhere. I recently started working at Copper Wok in Vineyard Haven, and we were slammed on Friday night and plenty busy on Saturday night as well. It seemed like foot traffic at the Edgartown School Craft Fair was a little low this year, especially given all the cars out in the parking lots, but it was still a success. On behalf of the eighth grade, thank you to Fran Agnoli for managing all the vendors for this fundraiser, and generally organizing the whole craft fair part of the event. It is a thankless job, I’m sure, but we at the Edgartown School are most grateful.

Do you know who else we’re grateful for? Gina DeBettencourt. Not only does she provide us with an amazing lunch program, she helps out with every fundraiser for every grade when food is needed, not to mention other special events like the Honor Roll breakfast, Open House, and who knows what else. She is always wonderful to have in our corner when we are working as class advisors, and we couldn’t do it without her.

Amelia and I picked out our tree today for our new little house. While the house isn’t very big, the ceilings are high, so we were able to find a tall skinny tree for the front corner by the window. Tomorrow we decorate. Then we keep our fingers crossed that Rizzo doesn’t care about trees and ornaments. Rizzo is our newly adopted English bulldog. So far, she hasn’t shown any interest in the large green object in the corner.

Edgartown Police Chief Bruce McNamee will be the guest speaker at the Edgartown Federated Church on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 11:30 am, following the morning service. This is the sixth in a series of Federated Church Community Partners programs, and an opportunity for Chief McNamee to introduce himself, and to talk about policing in Edgartown, and the Island. The police are there when we need them, and they are important to the church, from support for the Houses of Grace to frequently checking their buildings. You will be able to ask about current issues such as the opiate epidemic, traffic challenges in the summer, or anything else on your mind.

This is a free event, open to all in the Island community. For more information call 508-627-4421, or email officefederatedchurchmv@gmail.com.

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Dave Pizzano on Dec. 10, Cindy Andrews and Alley Ellis on Dec. 12, Alex Vasiliadis on Dec. 16.

Our town lost several longtime folks in the past couple of weeks, as Jean Hathaway, Gail Eliot, and my uncle Jimmy Goodwin all passed away recently. Jean was a true Edgartown soul who always tried to do her best for the town. Gail Eliot was a doctor who treated many during her tenure at the M.V. Hospital. And Uncle Jimmy was many things, mostly a character with a tale to tell. My thoughts go out to the families and of course, my love extends out to my cousins, Aaron and David.

Season’s Greetings IX is happening this Sunday at 1 pm and 6 pm at the PAC. The RISE Dance Company and RISE student body perform a dance spectacular that is bursting at the seams. The diverse program offers something for everyone, with favorites by Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Brian Setzer, Run DMC, and Pentatonix, to name a few. RISE parents join this year’s cast and will show off their moves with the much-anticipated annual audience favorite. Tickets are $20, $15 for students, and $5 for children 5 and under. Proceeds benefit the Rise Above Access Program, which provides scholarships for students with a financial need.

That’s all for now. Enjoy this amazing season. The lights and decorations around town are festive and bright. The charm of the small town never fades during the holiday season. Have a great week. Get your shopping done. But most of all, rejoice in family and friends and the pleasures that money can’t buy.