Edgartown: Playing tourist


I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. I played tourist on Saturday with my college roommate. It was the first time we’ve gotten together in 27 years. Yikes. Time flies, and our kids are now the age we were when we first became friends. How does that happen? We had fun wandering around the Island and catching up, and promised to make the time between visits much shorter from now on.

My condolences go out to the Morgan family, with the sudden passing of Dale Morgan last week. Dale was such a nice man, and well loved by so many. My thoughts go out to his extended family during this difficult time. 

Please join in at the Federated Church on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 10:30 am, as they celebrate World Communion Sunday. A special program is being planned to remind everyone that part of the church family are Christians around the world. All are welcome to the 1828 Meetinghouse at 45 South Summer St. For more information, call 508-627-4421, or email officefederatedchurchmv@gmail.com.

Monday was Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish New Year. The festival includes prayer services in synagogues and the blowing of an ancient musical horn called a shofar, made from a ram’s horn. According to what I was reading, our Jewish friends and family also enjoy sweet foods as part of their celebration to symbolise the hope for a sweet and happy year ahead. I wish all of our friends a sweet and happy year ahead. 

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Samantha Hargy on Sept. 29, Erin Simmons, Sandy Joyce, and Tricia Willoughby on Oct. 2, and Kathy Verner on Oct. 5. And extra-special birthday wishes go out to my niece, Abby Gardner, on Oct. 6. If you see her running as she trains for the New York Marathon, or working at the Hob Knob Inn, be sure to wish her a happy day!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Darkness into Vineyard Light walk for suicide awareness and prevention on Saturday morning. More than 300 people took part in the event, and the photos I saw online were beautiful. I think the poetry of starting the walk in the dark and finishing as the sun comes up is touching. Money raised during the walk supports the Cape Cod and the Islands branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. To donate to this cause, offer to help, or receive help, please visit their website at namicapecod.org. If you feel depressed or have suicidal thoughts, or know someone who is, please get help. You are important. We must all also remember to check in on our family and friends. 

This Wednesday is the Curriculum Night for grades 5 through 8. By the time this goes to print, it will be over. But if you see this early online, and you have a student in those grades, events start with informational meetings about trips and fundraising in each class from 5:30 until 6 pm, with the curriculum information being delivered at 6 pm. I encourage you to go. The K-4 curriculum night is next Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 6 until 7:30, with a chance to meet the specials teachers at 5:30 in the cafeteria. Come see us. Learn what we teach your kids. 

I can’t believe it’s October. September flew by, and we are now firmly into fall. The Derby is half over. Swimming could be over for the season. But I still haven’t taken the board off the car. I’m not giving in just yet. And this week I head back into my nighttime job. I’ve taken a little time off from the restaurant biz while I got settled back into school, and now I think I’m ready to head back. But you won’t find me at the Copper Wok anymore, though I’m staying with the company. I’m moving over to Sharky’s Edgartown. Looking forward to being in E-Town for some fun and football. 

That’s all I’ve got for now. Have a great week.