Edgartown: Bookstore event and piano concert

— Shelby Regan

School vacation week! I’m having a “stay-cation,” working on a yearbook, cleaning my house, cleaning my car, yard work, and such. It’s not as fun or amazing as the Caribbean or Disney World, but it feels safer to me and definitely will set me up for a sane final push to the end of school. When my home life feels organized and together, my work life feels less stressful too. Maybe I’ll even do a little cooking this week to pop in the freezer for the weeks to come.

Saturday, April 24, is Independent Bookstore Day and Edgartown Books will be celebrating the national event with books on sale, a raffle, balloons. Head on down between 10 am and 6 pm to celebrate and support our local bookstore.

The Edgartown School PTA is hosting some drive-in movie nights at the MV Ice Arena in May (which sounds far away but isn’t). On May 7, they are offering up “Jumanji — Welcome to the Jungle.” Doors open at 7 pm with a showtime of 8 pm. On May 8, the show is “Gnomeo and Juliet,” with doors opening at 6:30 for a 7:30 show. General admission for one car is $25 dollars. You can purchase tickets here. Please enter $25 when prompted at check out. Current PTA members receive a $5 discount — please enter $20, when prompted at check out. There are also front row seats available for $75, as well as snacks.

Here’s your reminder that all Edgartown School students will be back in school full days, every day, starting next Monday. The whole happy gang will be arriving and leaving at the same time. As we try to keep everyone separated per COVID protocols, remember that things can get a little congested at the school, as well as the surrounding streets. Fourth through eighth grade students are dropped off and picked up in the side parking lot, next to the big playground and big jungle gym toys, and kindergarten through third grade get dropped off and picked up at the front of the building. It is all hands on deck for these times, with school staff and police helping to direct traffic to try to keep things moving smoothly. There’s just no easy way to do it, so please be patient if dropping off or picking up. We’re trying to do all of this safely. Life wasn’t designed for a pandemic, that’s for sure.

Are you sitting down? Well, of course you are. Who reads newspapers standing up? May 13 is the Edgartown School Kindergarten Orientation Night. How did that happen so fast? If you have a child entering kindergarten next year, you may find this evening informative, even if it is (probably?) virtual. Check out the Edgartown School website for updates.

The Edgartown library is offering “The Living Room Readings: Poets Fan Ogilvie and Arnie Reisman” on Friday, April 23, at 7 pm. From their living rooms to yours, Fan Ogilvie and Arnie Reisman will read from their own poetry and share a few poems from other poets that they just can’t keep to themselves. Request the Zoom link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org for a front-row seat.

You can also enjoy some piano music on Sunday, April 25, at 7 pm, courtesy of the Edgartown library. After this long winter, we are all ready to celebrate spring. Resident pianist Adele Dreyer will perform a program of songs that epitomize the season of warming sun, budding flowers, gentle rain, and awakening love. Spring it on. Request the link at programs@edgartownlibrary.org.

The Island is buzzing this week, isn’t it? Wow. It’s like someone flipped a switch and folks arrived on MV. Stores and restaurants are opening up. People are exploring the streets and stores.

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Sam White and Barbara Binder on April 18, Jamie Craig on April 19, the irrepressible Laura Knight on April 20, Zoe Nugent on April 23, and Judy Murray on April 24.

That’s what I’ve got for you this week, folks. Stay safe out there. Wear your mask, wash your hands, keep your distance. You know the drill. COVID is still here and numbers continue to rise. Please keep your defenses up, for yourself, for your family and friends, and for our community at large. Have a great week.

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