Due to the Fourth of July holiday, our deadlines for news this week were early. My apologies if your news didn’t make it in. If it’s still applicable, I’ll be sure to put it in next week.
I feel like I’ve got all my ducks in a row heading into summer. I’m working. Amelia will be working now that her dance intensive is over. Riley is working for the Edgartown Police this summer, as his enlistment into the Marine Corps was delayed until the fall. We’re starting to find our footing in our summer schedule. I am sad to say that I will be missing the Fourth of July Parade for the first time ever this year, as I’m scheduled to work. But 50 years or so of a parade is a pretty good record.
Make sure your kids keep reading this summer. It actually helps prevent some of the “summer regression” that can happen to students over the summer, and of course, opens up new and exciting worlds for them. To that end, they can head over to the library and sign up for the summer reading program. Each time they read a book, or listen to one being read to them, they go in and tell a librarian a little bit about it. After they complete three books, earn a prize. After six books, earn a bigger prize.
When they reach 10 books, receive the biggest prize, which includes the summer reading T shirt and bag, plus they’re entered to win the grand prize for their age group. They will also get their name announced on air at 88.7, WMVY. Continue to read, and for every 10 additional books read, they get their name entered in the grand prize drawing again. Here’s the direct link for information: edgartownlibrary.org/children.
Happy birthday to Jessica Hernandez on June 30, dance teacher extraordinaire Daryl Owens and Megan Anderson on July 2, Katy Phelps on July 5, and Greer Thornton on July 6.
Please join the congregation at the Edgartown Federated Church on Sunday, July 7, at either the 8 am or 9:30 am service, in welcoming their new minister, the Rev. Dr. Charlotte Wright. Pastor Charlotte served as the minister at Chilmark Community Church for the past two years, and she has been an on-Island elementary school substitute teacher. She will help them during their transition, and the process of finding a new settled pastor. All are welcome at Federated Church, 45 South Summer St., Edgartown. For more information, call 508-627-4421, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I realized this morning how much I have appreciated getting out of school a little bit earlier this year. I feel like I’ve really gotten to enjoy the island a bit before jumping right into the Fourth. That said, as I write this I am heading into day three of a 10-day work week, and I’m guessing these will be crazy days. Trial by fire in my first summer in the restaurant biz. I never worked in the industry growing up here because I realized how hard it was, and I didn’t feel it was in my skill set. Now that I’m doing it, I still wonder if it’s in my skill set, and I have even higher regard for those who have done it for years. It’s kind of like a big live game of pinball. I would encourage teens and young adults to learn the skills, because you can take them anywhere. And it’s fun to get to meet so many people, or on especially lucky days, see the locals you don’t always get to see. I’m very grateful that fate put me where I am.
There is so much happening on this island right now. Wow. From kayak tours and kids activities at Felix Neck to yoga seemingly everywhere, to concerts, there really is something for everyone. For an amazingly detailed list, check out the Things to Do section of The MV Times.
Funny how things can trigger an unexpected memory. As I typed the paragraph above, I had an instant thought of The Grapevine newspaper, back in the day. Specifically I thought about the Valentines section every year, and how much I enjoyed reading all of the Valentine wishes. I was even known to put a few in myself. Of course this memory is funny now, given that I strongly dislike Valentine’s Day. And then this thought made me think of high school, when we could send carnations or candy canes to our friends and crushes. This of course led to thinking about all my friends and cherished memories of high school. I’m so glad that I’m still in touch with many of those friends 30 years later.
I guess that’s it for this week. Have a wonderful fun-filled Fourth. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and I’ll see you on the other side of the busy week.