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Edgartown: What a welcome gift

Hooray, hooray, May Day. I sit down to begin this week’s column after an incredibly warm and beautiful first day of May. I was fooled into thinking sunny mornings meant warm temperatures last week, so I was careful when I went out this morning. What a welcome gift the warmth and sun were. I know I survived the winter. Flowers and flowering trees tell me. But my soul is not quite convinced yet. Alas, I don’t see much sun for the rest of the week.

The MV Cancer Support Group invites people whose lives are touched by cancer to attend its weekly meetings, which take place every Wednesday at 5 p.m. on Zoom. Meetings are open to patients, survivors, family members, friends and caregivers. The group also provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families. For more information contact details are

508-627-7958 or mvcancersupport.org. My mother was a member of this group at the time and found the support very helpful.

The final fundraiser for the eighth grade of Edgartown School in Washington, DC, a silent auction, will take place on Friday, May 6 and will begin around 6:30 p.m. at the PA Club. A $10 donation is suggested for entry, and there will be food cravings and our very own resident DJ, Darren Belisle, will make sure there’s dancing. Come, check out the merchandise, maybe make some offers, enter the 50/50 raffle and have a great time for a good cause. Auctions start at 7:00 p.m., final auctions at 8:30 p.m.

It’s a quiet birthday week this week. Happy birthday to Amy Coffey on May 2 and Sherry Sidoti on May 7.

Next weekend is the annual Pink and Green Weekend in Edgartown, renamed this year Mother’s Day in Edgartown. Celebrate Spring and Mother’s Day at an annual family festival in scenic Edgartown. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, pop-up shops, brunches and lunches, goodie bags, in-store promotions, snacks and refreshments, a dog show, plant sales, raffles, a race/ 5 km walk and much more. Click it Edgartown Mother’s Day Website for a list of events.

The Edgartown Library is offering “Mother’s Day Flowers: The Art of Flower Arranging” on Saturday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Learn the art of floral design by creating a bouquet for the special mom in your life with florist Louise Sweet. Louise has over 30 years of experience designing stunning floral arrangements for the finest Vineyard weddings. Registration is mandatory. Visit his website at edgartownlibrary.org.

Edgartown has lost another icon with the recent death of Paul Jackson. Is there anyone around here who didn’t know about his gardening skills? He always had such a beautiful garden. A family member recently posted a photo of several of the ribbons he had won over the years at the agricultural fair. Sadly, Chris Look, Conrad Kurth and Paul Ronhock also passed away recently. These last few months have been difficult for our small island. I’ve said this before, I know, but it’s so hard to be part of a small community where these losses are felt throughout the village. The burden weighs heavily on all of our shoulders when this happens. My thoughts go out to all their families.

The MVRHS Minnesingers will perform their spring show at PAC this weekend, Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. General admission is $15, $10 for students and seniors. Proceeds will be used to fund the group’s future travels.

It’s all for this week. Happy Mother’s Day to all moms, moms-to-be and all those who fulfill the role of mom. This year will be weird without my mom, without Don’s mom, and without kids at home. Have a good week.