Edgartown: Writer’s block


Writer’s block. Those are two scary words to utter. I’ve recently begun working on another master’s degree, and honestly, between discussions in two classes, writing papers, and developing proposals, plus trying to write a weekly column, I feel like words are eluding me. After I finish this column, I’ve got another paper to write and another online discussion to take part in. I don’t think I can come up with that much interesting stuff at the moment.

There will be a craft show and sale in the Tabernacle on Saturday, August 3, from 9 am until 3 pm, rain or shine. Crafts include everything from homemade jams to pottery, one- of-a kind jewelry, and local art. This event is now open to all island artists, so there will be much to see. 

Happy birthday wishes go out to Vera Dello Russo on July 28, and Debbie Jernegan on July 29. And last week, I left out our friend Jack Murray, who celebrated on July 20. How could I leave out the young man that Riley has known the longest in this world, having been nurserymates when they were born?

On Saturday, August 3, Tom Dresser will speak at the Carnegie on North Water Street at 2 pm on his new book, “A Travel History of Martha’s Vineyard.” He focuses on the historical aspects of the steamship, the train, and the trolley, and is happy to answer questions. The talk is open to the public, and books will be available for purchase.

This Sunday, August 4, is the Amity Island 5K, kicking off at the FARM Institute at 9 am. You can register for the race at bit.ly/Amity5K. I’ll be there. The jury is still out whether I’ll be running or walking, but it will be fun to see everyone. 

I don’t generally share too many GoFundMe pages, but sometimes one hits close to home. I’m a sucker for animals. Plus, so many people in Edgartown know Wilbur Bailey, I thought I’d share this news. Wilbur is Lucie Bailey’s dog, Bill Bailey’s “granddog,” and has often been seen in Bill’s van, at job sites, or on Main Street. Wilbur has been diagnosed with cancer, and requires expensive treatment. To that end, Lucie’s mom, Mary Bailey, started a GoFundMe to help cover some of the medical bills. You can learn more about Wilbur and donate to help Lucie pay for Wilbur’s care at bit.ly/HelpWilbur

Don’t forget the M.V. Book Festival this coming weekend. This three-day event is open to all, and has something for everyone. For a full schedule and details for the weekend, check it out at mvbookfestival.com.

The annual All-Island Art Show is on Monday, August 5, at the MVCMA Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. Artist registration is on the morning of the show beginning at 8:30 am, while the show runs from 10 am until 3 pm. In case of rain the show will be moved to August 6. More information regarding the show may be found at allislandartshow.wordpress.com or at the MVCMA office.

I think that’s about it for this week. I wish I had something profound to share with you, but honestly, I’m falling asleep as I type. August is upon us. How did that happen? Have a wonderful week. Stay cool.