Edgartown: Teddy Bear Suite

— Shelby Regan

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and that you were able to enjoy it safely with a few loved ones. I have very much enjoyed having a mini vacation this week and a little break from reality. We had a great Thanksgiving with immediate family, which isn’t new for us. That’s pretty much all we’ve done for years anyway. We got our pies from Amelia’s workplace, Pie Chicks. I prepped a lot of the side dishes on Wednesday, and that made for a very easy Thursday dinner. Friday and Saturday were spent cleaning the house, doing chores and errands, and decorating for Christmas. Oh yeah, and I took a quick swim at State Beach on Friday too. The water was chilly, but the air was pleasant. The ocean and beach just feed my soul, and being able to sneak in one more quick dip was magic. I’m feeling quite relaxed honestly. And I quite like it.

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Penney Townes, who celebrated on Nov. 30, Valerie Buckley Lavigne and Alex Schaeffer on Dec. 2, and Thayer Whipple, Justin Donahue, and Ellie Parece on Dec. 4.

People are really beginning to decorate for the holidays. I love our little Island when it’s dressed up for Christmas, Hanukkah, and other winter holidays. Walking around earlier tonight, I enjoyed houses being festooned with lights, and we ventured on a walk that took us through Ocean Park as the lights were dancing with music. It was lovely to see. In fact the whole walk was amazing, between the sun going down and the moon rising over the Inkwell and decorations going up, it was quite joyous.

If you traveled or had large gatherings over the holiday, professional recommendations are that you assume you may have COVID, and to stay home and get tested three to five days after you were together with others. TestMV is doing a great job testing everyone who wants a test. The results take several days usually because there are so many getting tested, but it’s an important step in stopping the spread. It’s not foolproof and we could get COVID 15 minutes after we get tested, but it’s helpful. You can call 877-336-9855 to book a test or sign up online here.

For those of you hoping to find some of the usual events to get you into the Christmas spirit, there are holiday shows around at various galleries and such. Of course, with the current COVID situation, things are always subject to change. Your best bet is to check the “Things to Do” section of the MV Times for the most up-to-date information.

Edgartown is celebrating the 10th Annual M.V. Teddy Bear Suite with an all new Teddies Around Town, part of Christmas in Edgartown. Elf on the Shelf is joining forces with Teddies Around Town to make a fun, safe, and meaningful scavenger hunt with a cause. Elves will be Bears this year, and they will go from hiding on the shelves to hiding in storefront windows, since we all have capacity and safety to consider. Participants simply need to get a bear in their window before Small Business Saturday. Details on how it works: The scavenger hunt begins at Point B Realty at 19 Winter St. in Nevin Square, where kids can pick up a riddle sheet and a stamp. It is a suggested donation of $5 per participant, which goes to Point B’s annual fundraiser for the M.V. Boys & Girls Club. Riddles will take kids around Edgartown, from window to window, seeking bears of all shapes and sizes. Kids will stamp their own riddle sheets when bears are found to keep it 2020 friendly. The hunt ends back at Point B Realty, where each participant gets a fuzzy prize. This event is on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6, and again on Dec. 12 and 13, from 11 am until 1 pm.

And of course the Teddy Bear Trot is still on, albeit as a virtual run. The Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club, in conjunction with Amity Island Running Club and Point B Realty, are happy to be sponsoring the Virtual 6th Annual Teddy Bear Trot 5K and Virtual Fun Run, part of the 10th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Teddy Bear Suite, as well as the Christmas in Edgartown festivities. All ages and levels are encouraged to participate, and dress as festive as possible. Dogs and strollers are welcomed. Please take photos and submit them with your race results. Learn more about both events here.

That’s about all for this week. I hope people decorate extra brightly in the days to come to cheer us all up. My house is ready, except for the tree. We are waiting for Riley to get home on leave to decorate the tree this year. Ocean Park is magical, with lights and music. You might want to take a look. And the many volunteers are getting things ready in Edgartown, too. It’s so uplifting during challenging times. Enjoy the lights. Wear your masks. Wash your hands. And stay safe.

If you have any Edgartown Town Column suggestions, email Gail Gardner, ggardnermv@gmail.com.