The holiday weekend is upon us, and it is looking to be gorgeous — perfect weather for casting a line or tying the knot, which seem to be the two most popular pastimes around here these days.
The latter is the case for Jennifer Rankow and Timothy Klein, who will exchange wedding vows this Saturday on Cracktuxet Beach, followed by festivities including a pig roast and a one-man band. It is sure to be quite the event. Congratulations and best wishes to the couple for a lifetime of happiness. And congratulations to Norman and Margaret Rankow for being FINISHED with weddings!
Ellie Morgan Dolby, my eldest niece, turned nine last week, on September 28. NINE! Of course, not wanting to admit that was possible, I accidentally wished her a happy eighth birthday. Along with friends Avery Simmons and Colleen Carroll, and of course sister, Caroline, Ellie celebrated her day with a trip off-Island to Build-a-Bear, where she created a Dairy Queen Blizzard bear. The girls also enjoyed pizza and a trip to the candy store. Happy birthday, kid, now if you could please stop growing up, your "auna" would appreciate it.
Don't forget where all that glorious bass and bluefish from the Derby ends up. Until October 12, free bass and bluefish is available at the Anchors. Fish distribution starts at 10 am. People may come any time after 9 to sign up and receive their number prior to the 10 am distribution time. Fish will then be cheerfully distributed to one person at a time, as his or her number is called. For more information, call 508-627-4368.
The Dock Street (Rug) Hookers are displaying their rugs and other hooked items at the Anchors on Daggett Street during the month of October. They will teach anyone wishing to learn this craft on Thursday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm. All ages are welcome.
This year, open enrollment for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans is from October 15 through December 7. Help will be available in deciding which Part D Plan works best for you on Mondays from 10 am to 3 pm at the Library and Thursday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm at the Council on Aging. Please call 508-627-4368 to make an appointment. Carl Watt, the former volunteer Edgartown SHINE Counselor, will be providing this help.
Polly Hill Arboretum and Felix Neck will co-host a composting workshop October 14 and 15, with a session at Polly Hill October 14 from 4 to 5:30 pm, followed by a session Saturday, October 15 at Felix Neck from 10 to 11:30 am. Learn how to turn coffee grounds, tea bags, fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, yard waste, and even paper towels into black gold that will transform your soil into rich, fertile earth. Ann McGovern of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will lead a workshop that will cover the basics of composting, different types of bins, indoor worm composting, and how compost can eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides in your yard and garden.
Red worm prizes are available to the first 10 people to register, so call up 508-627-4850, learn about composting, and win yourself some worms.
The 4th annual Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Walk, sponsored by M.V. Community Services, will take place Saturday October 8. Registration starts at 10 am, with the walk beginning at 10:30 am at the Edgartown Park & Ride lot. Bring the whole family; water and snacks will be provided. Walk two miles through beautiful, historic downtown Edgartown. For more information or to register, call 508-684-8074, ext. 101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Halloween approaches, the M.V. Museum will welcome Richard Waterhouse, Director of the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit and board member of the Association for Gravestone Studies to discuss Victorian Graveyard Symbolism on Thursday, October 13, at 5:30 pm at the Museum Library. Waterhouse will touch on specific examples found in various cemeteries around the Island and describe some of the research that went into his recent book on Atlanta's graveyards. Visit mvmuseum.org for more information. Sounds like a spooky and educational good time.
The Edgartown Lighthouse will be closing on Monday, October 10 for the season. It will be open through the weeknd, from 11 am to 6 pm each day.