Edgartown: Outdoor Activities – The Martha’s Vineyard Times

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I feel a bit stuck this morning as I sit down to write. It’s not good. I think it’s because I’m about to go on vacation and some brain cells are already empty and others are still trying to remember that I have another school day ahead of me. Must stay focused. Not easy to do after the amazing day at the beach yesterday. The water got so hot that I spent several hours with my toes in the sand, my body in the blue sea, and my nose in a book, or in my case, a Kindle.

Hope all the dads would be dads, sort of dads, and all the other kind of dads had a great day on Sunday. I had pizza and freebies with Pop on Saturday night and also a short visit with him on Sunday. And of course, he brought out his “big dogs” both times. It spoils them rotten and I wouldn’t think of visiting without them. I love being lucky enough to always have my dad so close.

Friday June 25 is a very important day for the Gardner family as the oldest among us will be celebrating an important birthday. In my head we’re all still kids running around Katama, playing kick the can, flashlight tag and kickball. Somehow, in reality, we have grown up and even our children are old enough not to play these games anymore. Sigh. Time is running. Anyway, over to you, Gardner. A better big brother never existed, IMHO. I love you tons and the happiest birthdays to you.

More birthday wishes this week go 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.

Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Edgartown Library, kids can have fun with Kerith. Join Kerith outside the library for a different craft each week, while supplies last. Please note that some craft materials (paint, pencils, scissors, glue) will be shared by the group. For more details, email [email protected] or call 508-627-4221.

Saturday mornings offer Barnyard Buddies at the Farm Institute. Spend your Saturday morning exploring the farm and meeting the friendly animals in this family-friendly program. Some examples of activities could be collecting eggs, feeding the goats or having a story hour on the farm. Each program ends with a visit to the Friendship Garden to help water and take care of the growing plants. Pre-registration is required. This activity is best suited for children 2-4 years old. Parents or guardians of an additional child who is an infant and can be placed in a baby carrier are free and do not require pre-registration. The activities change every week. This is a weather dependent program and will not work in bad weather. Tickets are for one adult and one child. Adult / Child Pair Member: $ 15; Pair adult / child non-member: $ 25. Email [email protected] or call 508-627-7007.

Do you play the clarinet, saxophone, drums or brass? The Vineyard Haven Band is looking for musicians to perform with them this summer. They rehearse from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday evening at Sailing Camp Park at 177 Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs. Concerts take place every Sunday at 8 p.m., alternating Owen Park in Vineyard Haven and Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs, along with a few other special event concerts here and there. Contact director Julie Schilling at 508-693-2352 or drop by the sailing camp. The Vineyard Haven Band is one of the oldest operating groups in the United States.

Not much else to report this week. I already miss my students. Lucky for me, I’ll be back in a few weeks for summer school, with a much smaller group. I can’t wait to be there and I’m already planning like crazy. And learning. Grade 5 math is all about where my brain stops, so I definitely need a refresher course myself.

Have a good week. Keep your mind on you. It’s already very busy on our little piece of sand in the middle of the ocean. Sometimes I think we might sink. And I’m really worried about the craziness of July and August this year, since June is already off the charts. Ouch. I might just buy a kiddie pool for my backyard and try to stay away from society this summer. Be careful.

If you have any suggestions for the Edgartown Town column, email Gail Gardner, [email protected]


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