Edgartown: When in Rome…

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— Shelby Regan

Well, the holiday weekend was a bit of a washout, wasn’t it? Just like Memorial Day weekend, the 4th of July brought us cold, wind, and rains. I hope that it proved good for businesses, as people weren’t going to the beach. Social media posts indicated that restaurants were a bit overrun, perhaps, due to crowds and still being somewhat short-handed. I remember working at a restaurant over the 4th of July a couple of years ago. Even with full staff, it was overwhelming. I hope everyone survived the weekend, none the worse for wear.

I laid low all weekend. Besides the weather, I couldn’t bear to face the crowds. I was a wee bit sad that the parade didn’t happen though. I don’t believe I’ve ever missed the parade. There are just certain events that we Islanders seem to do and for me, that was one of them. I don’t favor fireworks so I don’t mind that there were none of those, but the parade is such a wholesome, fun time, even though the crowds overwhelm me. Seeing pictures of my brother and his family at their parade and band concert on the green in Ohio made me a bit sad that we didn’t have them. But the crowd in Medina, Ohio, is a wee bit smaller than the crowd would have been here and I support the town of Edgartown’s decision to hold off for this year. Not to mention that given the weather, it might have all been called off anyway. Next year hopefully the parade will be back, bigger and better than ever.

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Greer Thornton on July 6, Brianna Sstrelecki and Heidi Wild on July 7, Melissa DeOliveira, Betsy Harrington, and Scott Ellis on July 8, Anna Dillon on July 10, and Courtney Corwin on July 11.

Jamie Craig has officially retired, filling his last shift on Monday, July 5, after some 29 years in uniform. Between policing and military time, he’s spent quite a bit of time serving his community and country. Thank you for your service, Jamie. Enjoy your retirement. Clothing choices are now entirely up to you.

If you need anything at the Edgartown School, such as your student’s report card, remember that the main office is open mornings Monday through Thursday. They open at 8 am and close at 1 pm.

I’ve been thinking of writing a list of things that Islanders would like tourists and visitors to know. Kind of a nice version of “these are our pet peeves.” We generally know certain things, like don’t block the end of Chase Road by Al’s if traffic comes to a stop. Let people turn in or out while the traffic isn’t moving. Another would certainly be don’t walk in the middle of the street. This isn’t Disneyland. And don’t stop in the doorway at Stop and Shop. It seems like I had a list of a hundred things the other day. What would you put on the list? I think about how I behave when I vacation somewhere. I’m sure I do similar things that drive the locals nuts. But I try really hard to think ahead when I travel and not do the things that can sometimes drive us all crazy in the summer here. But we all do it. Our job is to inhale deeply and exhale out and try to find our own grace and acceptance. It’s not always easy but it goes hand in hand with living on our little Island. Summer is officially in full swing now so we best buckle up!

A big shout out and thank you goes out to everyone who came to work in the Edgartown School garden last week. Current and former students, retirees, teachers, assistant teachers, parents, grandparents, and others from 2 years old to 70 years old showed up to work with Melinda and Mark Defeo and Gina DeBettencourt to get the garden in order as we head into summer. Our garden program under the care of Melinda has grown and blossomed over the years, as all good gardens do. If you would be interested in helping the garden program continue, please feel free to contact me and I can steer you in the right direction.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I hope you have a wonderful week. Stay safe. Find some time to relax. Have some fun. And remember to breathe.

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