Edgartown: Yacht Club races and summer soiree

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— Shelby Regan

We are at the halfway mark of July. How are you holding up? I could do with some dry, sunny days. I feel like everything is getting musty and moldy, including me. But we did get one beach day in on Saturday and it was quite perfect. The water was wonderful and I took full advantage of it, interspersed with some naps and reading in the sunshine. Looking forward to some more nice days at the end of this week, maybe? I’m finding the forecasts are not an exact science these days so we’re never really sure what we will get.

Happy birthday wishes this week go out to Elizabeth Dourian on July 19, Susan Shea on July 20, Shannon Morris on July 21, Nicole Barlett on July 22, and Chris Reardon on July 24.

Extra special birthday wishes go out to Jack Murray, who celebrates his 21st birthday on July 20, one day before my Riley’s 21st birthday on the 21st. It’s so hard to believe that we met Jack’s parents 21 years ago in baby class. We ended up in the hospital together in July of 2000 and have all been friends ever since. Getting to know the Murray clan, including their other two kids, James and Julia, is one of the many blessings of raising kids on this Island.

I was saddened last week to read about the death of Jon (Randy) Lima, one of my very first close friends. Although I’ve not seen or talked to him in years, the news is sad. We were friends for years as kids and I don’t know that you ever build friendships as adults that mean the same as those we build as children. My thoughts go out to Randy’s family.

This weekend’s drive-in movie offerings by the MV Film Festival at the YMCA are “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” on Friday night and “Jurassic Park” on Saturday. Both shows start at 8:15 pm, with gates opening at 7:15 pm. Check out their website for more details at driveinmv.com.

Amelia and I enjoyed a mama/daughter girls night out to the M.V. Sharks game last week. Always on our “to do list” each summer, I don’t think we’ve actually made it to a game in five or six years, maybe even more. Although the game ended up being suspended due to weather, we had a great time. We grabbed ourselves quinoa bowls to enjoy at the game, sat ourselves out in back of right field and enjoyed America’s favorite pastime. If you haven’t been, or haven’t been recently, I highly recommend it. You can check out their schedule and get more information on their website, mvsharks.com.

It’s Edgartown Race Weekend this weekend. Do you remember years ago when it was “Race Week”? I remember how busy the Island would get with everyone coming for that week. Now we’re always busy. As times have changed, so has Race Week. Now Edgartown Weekend, it is hosted by the Edgartown Yacht Club, and is a three-day event beginning with ‘Round-the-Buoy Races on Thursday and Friday, July 22 and 23, and the iconic and historical ‘Round-the-Island Race on Saturday, July 24. Classes are for PHRF, ORC and multi-hulls. Check out the Edgartown Yacht Club website at edgartownyc.org for details.

I am so disappointed to learn that Dr. Michotek will be ending his house calls practice here on Martha’s Vineyard soon. As Dr. Michotek shared with us recently, he has concerns about hospitalization issues when his patients must be admitted, as he doesn’t have privileges there. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of opinions of the situation, losing a great doctor who serves our homebound seniors is upsetting. Dr. Mike has served our family exceptionally well over the last few years, taking care of my dad and my mother-in-law, and I can’t imagine what we will do without him. Thank you, Dr. Mike, for your care and for filling a huge need in our community.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the annual MVCMA Craft Show on August 7, from 9 am until 2 pm at the Tabernacle. This event has quite the history in the Campground, with generations of crafters taking part in the annual show. Mothers and grandmothers have taught handcrafts to the next generation of crafters and they work on their art preparing to take part in this tradition. The show/sale happens rain or shine and admission is free. You can find some amazing items, including handknit items, crochet, pottery, origami, and jewelry.

Hospice and Palliative Care of Martha’s Vineyard will host its annual Summer Soiree at Farm Neck on Monday, August 9, at 5:30 pm. Per their website, they will celebrate 40 years of serving our Island community and they would love for you to join the celebration. They are also celebrating all donors who have supported the organization through the years. They are adapting to the realities of COVID with this in-person event and will be hosting the dinner and auction under the tent at Farm Neck and taking precautions to ensure the event is both safe and fun. Along with hosting the event outside, they will also initiate the safety protocols according to current health department guidelines such as food servers wearing masks and gloves, tables will be distanced, and hand sanitizing stations will be available. If you have been part of this event in the past and haven’t received an invitation, please purchase your tickets today. And if you haven’t been a part of the event before, fear not! You can still go and help support this important organization. Visit their website, hospiceofmv.org, for more details and to purchase tickets. COVID has, of course, limited fundraising efforts over the past year or more, so community support is more important than ever now.

I wish you all a wonderful week ahead. COVID numbers have risen over the last week so please be safe. Masks are still a good idea. Wash hands. Consider getting vaccinated if you haven’t already done so. And as with every summer, wear your sunscreen.

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