Edgartown: Health, happiness, and sunshine

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What a day we had on Saturday. Sunshine. Warm temperatures. Flowers blooming. Yup. I saw a yard full of purple crocuses while out for my run Saturday afternoon. I know that we won’t have days like that everyday for a while still, but everyday like that is a gift. Now, if we could cut back a little on the wind.

There are only two Sundays left for the free lasagna luncheons at the Federated Church in Edgartown, March 24 and 31. The lunch is served from 12:30 pm until 2 pm. The meal consists of a salad, a serving of lasagna, garlic bread, beverage, and something for dessert. Get out of the house and have a hot meal, and maybe make some new friends. All are welcome. For more information, call 508-627-4421 or email officefederatedchurchmv@gmail.com.

Congratulations to Sgt. Tom Smith, who retired last Friday after 30 years with the Edgartown Police Department. My understanding is that he got a call the next day from his sister, Paula, who was heading to England that morning, asking if he wanted to join them. His good-natured response: “Why not? I don’t have to work this week.” Enjoy your retirement to the fullest, Tom. It seems to be starting off well.

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Renee Viera on March 17, Zach Townes on March 19, Dan Townes on March 20, and Dwight Kaeka, who may not be from Edgartown but spends an inordinate amount of time with us at the Edgartown School, on March 23.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival is this week, from March 21 through March 24. This is “a weekend filled with community, art, music, special guests, workshops, and fabulous films. Watch winning films from Sundance, and dive into conversations with filmmakers and film subjects that spark debate and action. Enjoy farm-to-table meals, live music, and free educational programs for kids. It’s more than movies.” You can view the full schedule here: tmvff.org/fullschedule.

March 23 is a Night Out For Nonprofits at 7 pm at the P.A. Club. All the Island’s nonprofit organizations are invited to join under one roof, to give the community a chance to meet the amazing people who are providing incredible services to local folks. A suggested donation of $10 at the door will go to the Martha’s Vineyard Nonprofit Collaborative, who will use it as a grant for the benefit of all Island nonprofits.

The Rise Company Showcase is on Sunday, March 24, at 3 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center. This is the only time dancers from the 2019 Rise Dance Company perform their award-winning competition choreography on the Island. The Company Showcase is a crowd-pleasing presentation of the school’s intensive students, whose members range in age from 6 to 18. The Rise Dance Company leaves to compete in its final competition of the season at American Dance Awards at the end of the month. Tickets are available at the door, $20 adults and $10 for students. Doors open at 2:30 pm. For additional information, call Rise at 508-693-2262.

Congratulations to Victoria Scott, daughter of Chris and Pam Scott. She signed on to play tennis at Bates College. If any other families have college admission news to share, please feel free to email me at ggardnermv@gmail.com.

And so ends another week. I wish you health and happiness and more sunshine for the week ahead.