Edgartown: Patience in the summer

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— Shelby Regan

We are in the last week of July. How did that happen? It has gone so quickly. I’ve been working a lot, with summer school in the mornings and working security in the M.V. campgrounds at night. I’m a wee bit sleep-deprived and struggling to remember what day it is. But then again, that sort of defines all of us Island folks in the summer, doesn’t it? As the expression says, gotta make hay while the sun shines.

We’ve had a few lovely beach days over the last week and a few days that have been a little less oppressively hot and humid. I find that I can’t handle the sun and hot weather as well as I used to, nor do I love the crowds at the beach. Less beach and more people makes for a tight squeeze during the peak beaching hours. So I’m good with early mornings or later in the afternoon and have even broken my old habit of always going to the same spot on the same beach. I’m a big fan of mixing it up a little each summer. This year, I’ve become a fan of the beaches in Oak Bluffs, as they’re easier to get to and I can generally find parking without the stress of racing there early.

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Caleb Enos, who celebrated on July 27, Vera Dello Russo on July 28, Debbie Jernegan on July 29, and Ashley Medeiros on July 30.

Summer school is wrapping up in Edgartown this week. Each town and program runs a little differently, so our program ran during the morning hours, four days a week, for the month of July. It’s the first time I’ve ever taught summer school and I’ve had rising sixth graders. I have loved every minute of it. I’ve had seven kids and I’ve just really enjoyed my time with them. They might not feel the same way in return, but it has really given me even more insights into teaching and once again, I’m thinking of changing career paths in the education world. We’ll see. Thank you to the parents and families who shared your kids with me this summer. I’ve learned so much.

I took a break from writing my column this evening to go out and mow Pop’s lawn. On the way out there, three kids, maybe mid-to-late teens, were riding their bikes out to Katama. The first young man was flying, the second two a little slower. And in the pit of my stomach I thought that it just didn’t feel right. I stayed back a bit, uncomfortable passing them. And don’t you know, that first kid took an incredible tumble right in my lane of travel. I pulled over to check on him, as did other folks, and he was able to shake it off and get back on his bike, but boy, was I grateful that I chose to sit back and watch things unfurl for a bit. I shudder to think what would have happened had I opted to pass them. So this is just a reminder that waiting that extra minute or two isn’t going to slow you down much, but it could mean the safety of others. Try to leave a little early when heading out somewhere, breathe deep, and stay patient. There are a lot of people on this little Island right now and lives can change in an instant.

The Edgartown library is offering Get Crafty with Kerith on Friday mornings from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. 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.

The Amity Island Running Club 5K is on Sunday, August 1, at 9 am. Lace up those running sneakers, and join Amity Island Running Club for their annual 5K and fun run Registration begins at 7:30 am, and the fun runners’ kickoff is at 8:45 am. 5K runners and walkers begin at 9 am. The race begins at the Farm Institute in Katama, and continues along Edgartown Bay Road, past South Beach and back along the bike path to the finish line at the Farm Institute. In-person and virtual options available. Click the website link here to register, or visit amityislandrunningclub.com.

Kate Taylor is performing next week on August 3 at the Tabernacle, in celebration of her new album “Why Wait!” Featuring Peter Asher, Albert Lee, and Leland Sklar. Ticket prices vary and are available at katetaylor.com.

That’s all I’ve got and it’s way past my bedtime. Have a great week. Stay happy and healthy.

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