Edgartown: Howdy, neighbors!


It seems like forever ago now, but how about that no-name bomb cyclone storm last week, huh? I’ve experienced hurricanes that were less scary. That was crazy. Sad to say, a tree fell on the roof of my porch, and caused some damage. And after going out in the wind and rain to check out the damage, I’m sad to say, some carpenter ants hitched a ride on my jammies as I came in. That was not my best night. I didn’t get a wink of sleep. But it could have been so much worse, so I remain grateful.

Federated Church will be holding its annual Bow Workshop on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 3 until 6 pm in the Parish House, 45 South Summer St. Please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the Festival of Wreaths Bulletin Board in the Parish House, or call 508-627-4421. No previous experience needed. All are welcome.

The Edgartown library staff and a whole slew of kids got a big treat last week when Michelle Obama arrived at the library and visited with them. Several of my students were there, and were so excited to share their news in school today. What a treat to have them as our newest community members. Maybe the Obamas and Pop will ride bikes together out there in Katama.

I had a friend the other night tell me they were so tired of all the “fests” around here lately. Last weekend was Ladyfest. A fall festival here and there. A pumpkin fest or two, and various other fests. Well, now we’ve got another one. The M.V. Food and Wine Festival is this weekend. This is the 12th annual Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival, featuring dozens of special events and unique-to-the-Island experiences. Events actually start on Wednesday, and continue through the weekend. For more information, check out the website at M.V. Food and Wine.

There is a nature photography workshop with Michael Blanchard on Saturday at Mytoi on Chappy, from 12 pm until 2 pm. You can join the fun and learn some new skills, whether you use a smartphone or a camera. The cost is $20 for Trustees members, $25 for nonmembers.

Congratulations to all who fished the Derby this year. Weather wasn’t great, with at least two enormous storms, though knowing fishermen, it probably didn’t keep anyone home. The fish weren’t as big as past years, and they were challenging to catch, but from what I’ve heard, a good time was had by all. As always, it was awesome to see so many of my students’ names on the juniors’ board. They did great.

Happy birthday to Mary Morano, who celebrated on Oct. 21, and Stacy Wallace on Oct. 22, and to my fabulous and very funny cousin, Jennifer Corwin Van Gelder, who will celebrate this coming Saturday.

I’ve finished two more graduate classes this week, and began two more on Tuesday. In seven weeks, I’ll be more than halfway to my second master’s degree. Right about now, between momming, teaching, schooling, bookkeeping, and restaurant work, I think I may just have bitten off a bit too much. But I’m going to keep putting one foot in front of the other, and be grateful that I’ve got the opportunity to do all of this. I’m a lucky gal.

That’s all for now. Have a great week.