Our very best birthday wishes go out tomorrow to Christine (Luce) Gaskill. She will celebrate her 94th birthday tomorrow.

Richard Waterhouse, Director of the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, will talk about Victorian graveyard symbols this evening at 5:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. He will show specific examples found in cemeteries around the Island in a fascinating talk on Graveyard Symbolism. He will also describe the research that went into his recent book on sacred symbols of Atlanta’s oldest graveyard. The program is in the library.

The very popular Sunday hours resume at the Vineyard Haven Public Library beginning next Sunday, Oct. 16. The library will be open from 12 noon until 4 pm throughout the winter, except for holiday weekends. The Friends of the Library will present special programs once a month on Sunday afternoons at 2 pm. Visit the library website for details, vhlibrary.org.

Saturday is the Mini Book Sale from 1 to 3 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library, with bargain bags and free items. Proceeds benefit the children’s programs. Learn Indian Cooking on Tuesday at 7 pm. Uma Datta is an experienced caterer and cooking teacher. She will show how to cook using Indian spices and recipes. Class size is limited. Sign up at the front desk.

You can also play Mahjong at the Vineyard Haven Library on Saturday, the 29th, from 2 to 4 pm. This is the traditional Chinese version using Henry Snyder’s rules. Beginners are welcome.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society presents “Losing Control” on Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Cornell Theatre. This is an original comedy about a neurotic graduate student at Harvard who is determined to apply scientific principles to her love life.

We just returned from a lovely weekend off-Island. At our age it seems unusual to go off for a few days when it is not for a medical visit. We were pleased to see the beginnings of autumn colors in Rhode Island where we visited places we lived half a century ago and the area in East Providence where my husband grew up. We also enjoyed several new restaurants and an old favorite, the Grist Mill in Seekonk. And of course we took a little time to see the Water Fires in Providence, the last for the season. It was a very pleasant experience on an evening in the 60s as we sat on a wall near the warmth of the fires.

But there is nothing like the pleasure of catching the earlier ferry at the last minute, just when you are ready to come home.

We pulled into our driveway to be greeted by the glistening car that had been thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned by some young friends. I don’t think my husband’s car had ever been that clean, even when it was new a dozen years ago.

Happy anniversary to Allen and Doris Mayhew, who party on Friday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Heather (Chapman) Angelastro and Dr. David Finkelstein. Tomorrow wish a happy one to Phil Reynolds.

Heard on Main Street: God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the world. And then He made the earth round.

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