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The 13th Edgartown House Tour & Tea was a smashing success!!
Benefiting the Preservation of the Historic 1828 Federated Church Meetinghouse
By any measure, the 13th Annual House Tour was a smashing success, and that's despite Covid restrictions! Wednesday, August 4 was a drizzly cool day, but that didn't dampen the spirits of the 250 guests who filled the Meetinghouse to hear a fascinating lecture by our Church Historian, LIz Villard. In addition to sharing details about the houses everyone would be seeing on the tour, Liz captivated the crowd with information on Edgartown's rich history, little-known stories about the town, its architecture during the 19th century, and much more. Following the lecture, our guests toured five houses, one new one and four 19th century homes. In between houses everyone stopped off at the Tea for refreshments on the Parsonage lawn, organized by Pam Butterick. Vineyard Sound a cappella choir serenaded. Three artisans had their wares for sale: Sioux Eagle’s jewelry, Barbara Reynold’s photographic items and Courtney Weinblatt's woven African basket/purses.
For the first time, we used Pay Pal for advance sale ticket purchases, and over 100 people used this method, streamlining the check-in process considerably. Many, many Federated Church members and friends worked hard on this event, including 24 bakers, 6 Tea servers, Elaine Pace's team of 26 docents. and 4 ticket sellers organized by Dianne Durawa. A huge thank you to everyone who helped, especially Anne Vose who spearheaded this important fundraising event, working tirelessly over the last few months to ensure its success. A delightful, fun, and enjoyable day. The financial tally will be presented at Church on Sunday, August 8.
Frederick Douglass Historic Speech
Due to Covid restrictions, Frederick Douglass's speech 'The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro' is available to stream. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Edgartown Library, it will be posted on their website, as well as on this site. This powerful and moving speech is read by members of the church and the community from the pulpit of the Federated Church, designated a part of the African American Heritage Trail in 2018. Join us to hear the words and message of the abolitionist's famous and powerful speech.
The church youth is meeting regularly, doing all sorts of fun and engaging activities. Beach clean-up, paddle boarding, pizza-making, and more. Join in. Bring your friends! For more info, email Betsy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Community Dinner Fundraiser
Our last one was such a smash success, we're hoping to have another! Goldie's Rotisserie Food Truck provided a fabulous take-out dinner, followed by a Zoom gathering featuring a fascinating presentation by Minister of Music Peter Boak. Proceeds benefitted Island Food Pantry. Stay tuned for the next one!