Welcome. Edgartown News was born from the simple fact that I have ink and Dektol in my veins and I need to write and photograph more than I need air or food, and from my love for this little town where I grew up and raised my family, the town I have left a few times but can't quite shake for good. Here you will find wanderings and musings, photographs and commentary; the people, places, and happenings - past and present - of a small island town: my home town.
Saturday, July 11, 2020
An early morning roam-about on the bike, toting the new TG6 and the Lumix (for learning and comparison purposes); foggy beginnings with hints that the sun would be breaking through (and it did, turning out sunny and hot).
Sunday, July 5, 2020
So I rode my bike to the beach to meet my family who had located themselves just beyond the Big Bridge, and of course I had to stop and take a few quick snaps of the lively bridge scene. What fun! (shot with my little Olympus Tough TG4 beach camera, not a bad little camera at all)
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Happy Fourth of July, everyone! Edgartown is doing its best, though, admittedly, it's not quite the same. We'll just call it a sabbatical, take a deep breath and regroup next year . The weather's not that great, anyway. Meantime, here are a few vignettes from around town. [updated to say the weather broke into a crystal clear late afternoon and evening after all]
No porch music today but we'll be back, bigger and better than ever, next year.
A flag garden.
This is the only parade we're gonna get this year - Edgartown selectmen Mike Donaroma, Margaret Serpa, and Art Smadbeck stepped off from the school at 7am sharp, making the loop down Main Street, out to the Harborview and back again, in honor and memory of Ted Morgan. All they needed was Chief McNamee with his bagpipes (but they told me they did sing a song when they got to the Harborview).
Thursday, July 2, 2020
So I'm not seeing a lot of difference between the Corona lock-down of March, April, and May and the lock-down to avoid the tourists and traffic that we Islanders are forced into every June, July, and August. This is the time of year when Islanders go nowhere, except between the hours of 6:00 - 8:00 a.m. (the only time it is even barely tolerable to go grocery shopping, tying in nicely with covid-19-designated geezer hour), and mostly live on spaghetti, tuna fish, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I am hunkered down at home, mostly in the back of my house due to the traffic on Main Street being faster and louder than ever, and the massive (truly obscene and completely out of scale for this neighborhood) new house going up across the street (my third straight summer with major construction going on next to me, but this one takes the cake). I do get out on my bike most afternoons and ride up to the Bend for my swim, and if I manage to get up early enough I'll take a walk or bike ride through town before it gets busy. Today was such a morning, and here are the results (and this bright summer's day will also get me back on my bike this afternoon for my swim).
Early morning light, Edgartown Harbor. Today will definitely be a swimming day.
Steaming out to the fishing grounds.
Chappy Ferry, doing her back-and-forth thing.
George Joubert, prepping horseshoe crabs for the conch pots. Did you know that horseshoe crab blood is used to treat cancer?