I know summer is over, but there is a truly remarkable amount of activities to attend this weekend: you would think it was the week of the Fair.
First up is Marianne Neill's show of her recent paintings at the Chilmark Library. There will be a reception on Saturday from 3 to 5 pm, and the show runs until October 29.
Fall classes with Sassafras start Saturday with their Saturday Squirrels program. For the complete lineup, go to sassafrasmvy.org or call Saskia Vanderhoop at 508-645-2008.
This will be the last weekend of programs at the Aquinnah Cultural Center until next year. On Friday, you can take a tour of the Vanderhoop Homestead from 11 am to 4 pm. On Saturday, there will be a Traditional Wampanoag game day, also from 11 am to 4 pm. This event is open to all ages and since it is the last one of the season let's make it a good one. Before you head over for game day you can stop by the Aquinnah Shop for one last breakfast (or lunch) of the season. This will be their last weekend.
Then down at the Beach Plum Inn there is the Second Annual Martha's Vineyard Yoga Festival starting tomorrow, Friday, October 7. Go to mvyogafestival.com for all class information; tickets are also being sold through ticketsmv.com. One of the highlights of the festival will certainly be the Raw Food Evening on Saturday at 7:30 pm with raw food chef Jill Pettijohn. This is a fundraiser for the Island Food Pantry and tickets are $100, available through the Beach Plum Inn, 508-645-9454.
I think that that's everything that's happening up-Island, but there are some down-Island events that are definitely worth a mention.
The Art of Chocolate at Featherstone Center for the Arts. Need I say more? There is a preview party on Friday, October 7, from 7 to 9 pm. Tickets are $50 each. The Festival continues on Saturday and Sunday, from 12 noon to 4 pm. There will be live music and lots of yummy, yummy chocolate.
The 4th annual Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Walk, sponsored by M.V. Community Services, is happening on Saturday. Registration starts at 10 am, and the walk begins at 10:30 at the Edgartown Park & Ride lot. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 the day of the walk. Bring the whole family; water and snacks will be provided. Walk two miles through beautiful, historic downtown Edgartown. For more information or to register: 508-684-8074, ext. 101, or email email@example.com (rain date October 15). This is a great cause.
Might I suggest doing the walk and then going to the Chocolate Festival? You will feel much less guilty. In fact you will feel most deserving of treats.
Lastly, there will be a series of short plays at the Vineyard Playhouse on Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 pm starring, well, me, and some other fine Island actors. Whew! That's a lot of stuff to do.
If all this activity gets you a little stressed out you can go to the monthly blood pressure clinic which will be held on October 13 from 1 to 3 pm in the Aquinnah Town Hall — free and open to all.
Halloween is coming and to prepare there will be an Island-wide Halloween Costume Swap on Saturday, October 22, at 10:30 am at the Oak Bluffs Public Library.
See you at the house tour, game day, Aquinnah shop, yoga, Sassafras camp, art opening, domestic violence awareness walk, chocolate festival, or play.
Or maybe just hanging out at the library avoiding the last crowds of the season.