Edgartown: Outdoor activities

— Shelby Regan

I’m feeling a bit of writer’s block this morning as I sit down to write. That’s not good. I think it’s because I’m on the cusp of vacation and I’ve got some brain cells already vacating and others still trying to remember I have another day of school ahead of me. Must remain focused. Not easy to do after the amazing beach day yesterday. The water has warmed up so much and I spent several hours with my toes in the sand, body in the blue sea, and nose in a book, or in my case, a Kindle.

I hope all the dads, would be dads, sort of dads, and every other kind of dad had a good day on Sunday. I had pizza and gifts with Pop on Saturday night and also a short visit with him on Sunday. And of course brought his “granddogs” out both times. He spoils them rotten and I wouldn’t think of visiting without them. I love that I’m lucky enough to still have my daddy so close.

Friday, June 25, marks a very important day for the Gardner family, as the eldest of us kids will be celebrating a significant birthday. In my head, we’re all still kids running around Katama, playing kick the can, flashlight tag, and kickball. Somehow, in reality, we’ve grown up and even our kids are old enough that they aren’t even playing those games anymore. Sigh. Time does march on. At any rate, here’s to you, Gardner. A better big brother has never existed, in my humble opinion. Love you tons and happiest of birthdays to you.

Other birthday wishes this week go out to my niece, Gwennie, who celebrated on June 20,  Doug Pease on June 24, Jack O’Callaghan on June 25, Isabella Vasiliadis on June 26, and Helayne Cohen on June 27.

On Fridays from 10:30 am until 11:30 am at the Edgartown library, kids can get Crafty with Kerith. Join Kerith outside the library for a different craft every week, while supplies last. Please note some crafting materials (paint, crayons, scissors, glue) will be shared by the group. For details, email info@edgartownlibrary.org, or call 508-627-4221.

Saturday mornings offer up Barnyard Buddies at the Farm Institute. Spend your Saturday morning exploring the farm and meeting the friendly animals in this program for families. Some examples of activities could be egg collecting, feeding the goats, or a farm story time. Every program ends with a visit to the Friendship Garden to help water and care for the plants growing. Pre-registration is required. This activity is best suited for ages 2 to 4. Parents or caregivers with an additional child who is an infant and can be placed in a carrier are free and do not require pre-registration. Activities change weekly. This is a weather dependent program and will not run in inclement weather. Tickets are for one adult and one child. Member Adult/Child Pair: $15; Nonmember Adult/Child Pair: $25. Email lbrown@thetrustees.org, or call 508-627-7007.

Do you play clarinet, sax, drums, or a brass instrument? The Vineyard Haven Band is looking for musicians to play with them this summer. They rehearse from 7:30 to 9 pm every Monday night at the Sailing Camp Park at 177 Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs. Concerts take place each Sunday at 8 pm, alternating Owen Park in Vineyard Haven and Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs, plus a few other special event concerts here and there. Contact director Julie Schilling at 508-693-2352 or show up at the Sailing Camp. The Vineyard Haven Band is one of the oldest continuously operating bands in the United States.

Not much else to report this week. I already miss my students. Lucky for me I’ll be back at it in a couple of weeks for summer school, with a much smaller group. I’m really looking forward to it and already planning like crazy. And learning. Fifth grade math is about where my brain shuts down, so I definitely need a refresher course myself.

Have a great week. Keep your wits about you. It’s already crazy busy on our wee bit of sand in the middle of the ocean. Sometimes I think we might sink. And I definitely worry about how crazy July and August will be this year, since June is already off the charts. Yikes. I may just buy a kiddie pool for my backyard and try to stay away from society this summer. Stay safe.

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