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Edgartown: Chappy, Safe Boating, 4-H Club, neighborhood convention and children’s activities

Welcome, May! I love the sun and the warmer temperatures. Sunshine just seems to make everything better. However, a few cold mornings have wreaked havoc on some of our plants, and I’ve heard stories of broken pipes on outdoor showers. Sigh. Spring is always a mixed bag here on MV

The Edgartown Preservation Committee met to continue reviewing the Trustees of Reservations’ applications to allow public vehicular access over the sand on Chappy’s beaches. One of the key outcomes of the meeting was that the committee made proposals for both Leland/Wasque and Cape Poge Refuge. The deadline for public comment on the drafts is May 8, with a review at the conservation commission’s scheduled meeting on May 15. For more details, check out last week’s article, “Trustees Chappy access plan goes step forward,” on

Join the Town Bar and Grill on Friday, May 3 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM for Town’s Birthday Bash to celebrate its fifth anniversary. They have live music from the Mike Benjamin Band, with passed apps. Mark your calendars and tell your friends; this is going to be a big one you won’t want to miss.

The Martha’s Vineyard Coast Guard Auxiliary will hold a “Safe Boating Class” at Coast Guard Station Menemsha on May 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., featuring updated material from 2024 and tailored to boaters navigating the Vineyard’s waters. The comprehensive course is intended for all boaters, beginners and experts alike, with topics ranging from boating laws and safety equipment to navigation, and what to do in boating emergencies. The costs are €50 per person, including all course materials. Students receive a certificate of safe boating education and paperwork for a Massachusetts boating license is processed. Students under age 16 who complete the course meet state requirements for a boater’s license. Space is limited and advance registration is required. To register, please send an email to [email protected] no later than Wednesday, May 1. Additional classes are offered throughout the year.

The Ag Hall will be hosting a Farm Animal Meet and Greet on Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. Visit with animals from local farms during this fundraiser for the Martha’s Vineyard 4-H Club. All ages are welcome. All money raised will support 4-H programming on the island. The costs are €5 for children and €2 for adults.

Vineyard Power: Going Solar is an event scheduled for Saturday, May 4 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM at the Oak Bluffs Library. If you’re thinking about going solar but aren’t sure how to go about it, Vineyard Power’s solar coach Luke Lefeber is here to help. He will look at some of the solar energy options on the island today. Learn more about the assistance Vineyard Power provides during this discussion and Q&A event. This is the eighth community climate discussion sponsored by the Oak Bluffs Climate and Energy Advisory Committee.

The May Meeting of the Neighborhood Convention will be held at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven on Tuesday, May 7 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Sharon Eckhardt will lead the worship service. The programme, a reading of ‘Time Flies’, a play by David Ives, will be presented by Myra Stark, Paul Doherty and Sofia Anthony. All are welcome. Bring a packed lunch. Dessert and drinks are provided by the hosts.

MV Salads is pleased to announce its first-ever story cookbook, “Made with Kindness: Tales and Tastes from MV Salads on Martha’s Vineyard.” Written by MV Salads owner Susanna Herlitz-Ferguson, the book is a “mix of heartwarming stories and delicious Mediterranean diet recipes that celebrate the joys of food, community and island life.” The book features photos of the island taken by local photographer Larry Glick. “Made with Kindness” is currently available on

Starting Wednesday, May 8, from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, join Haley and Kristen at the MV Family Center for a six-week arts and crafts group, where kids develop critical thinking skills and build self-confidence, self-esteem and sensory skills, while meeting new friends and have fun. STEAM learning benefits young children’s development and encourages children to explore the world around them. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. You can sign up by emailing Haley at [email protected].

Parent orientation for kindergarten at Edgartown School will be Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m. If you have a student starting kindergarten in Edgartown next year, this is a great way to meet the teachers and staff and learn more about the school.

Save the date! Monday, May 20 through Wednesday, May 22 is the annual Edgartown School Plant Sale, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the school garden. Buy plants grown by the students in the school’s beautiful garden. For more information, check out the link at

On Saturday, May 4, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, at the Edgartown Library, join professional artist and art educator Jennifer Burkin for a group acrylic painting class. You create your own painting inspired by the work and techniques of Henri Matisse. This is an opportunity to discover your creativity and develop your artistic skills. All levels, including beginners, are welcome. All materials are provided. Registration for this event opens on Wednesday, May 1, through the library’s website,

That about does it. I wish everyone who opens the season the best of luck and best wishes for the coming season. It’s amazing to see everything come to life. Nice week.

If you have suggestions for Edgartown Town Column, please email Gail Gardner, [email protected].