So, I saw something last week that I usually don't see in Aquinnah: a plane on Lobsterville Road. Granted it was a small plane but there it was. The plane had some mechanical difficulties and the pilot was forced to land on Lobsterville Beach. As I drove by the crew had gotten it off the beach and were in the process of taking the wings off so it could be loaded onto Carl Widdis' flatbed truck and get taken in for repair. So if you don't believe me just ask Carl.
I am loving the fall harvest time here up-Island and really all over the Island. I went to the Morning Glory Pumpkin Festival this past weekend with my family and it was as always a great time with yummy food (pumpkin doughnuts!) and lots of people. I brought my mom from off-Island and she seemed a little overwhelmed by the crowds but she recovered nicely with some pumpkin soup and a walk in the field to see the pumpkins catapulted through the air.
The bounty continues this weekend with a Farmers Market at the Ag Hall this Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm, and hot lunch will be served.
On Saturday night Slow Food Martha's Vineyard in conjunction with the Wampanoag Tribe is hosting a potluck dinner at the Chilmark Community Center at 6pm. Bring a dish for six people and your own place settings, utensils, and beverages. Wampanoag elders, Kristina Hook-Leslie and June Manning will discuss food unique to the Wampanoag and methods of food gathering used in the past.
Then if you are still hungry you can head down Island to the United Methodist Church of Martha's Vineyard for their 40th Annual Harvest Supper, which is billed as a full Thanksgiving meal. So you can practice eating too much on Saturday, in preparation for Thanksgiving next month. There will be 5pm and 6:45pm servings at the Stone Church in Vineyard Haven. For reservations call 508-693-1608 or 508-693-4424.Then if you are still hungry you can head down-Island to the United Methodist Church of Martha's Vineyard for their 40th Annual Harvest Supper, which is billed as a full Thanksgiving meal. So you can practice eating too much on Saturday, in preparation for Thanksgiving next month. There will be 5 pm and 6:45 pm servings at the Stone Church in Vineyard Haven. For reservations call 508-693-1608 or 508-693-4424.
The last pizza night (weather permitting) will be this Wednesday. Say it isn't so, Juli! Aquinnah is shutting down for the winter. This makes me sad. Thank goodness there is still some distraction ahead in the form of Halloween. On Saturday, Oct. 22, there will be a Halloween Costume Swap at the Oak Bluffs Library from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. How it Works:
1. Drop off your unwanted costumes at the Oak Bluffs Public Library anytime that week before 6 pm on Friday, October 21st.
2. For every costume you give, you will receive a ticket to gain entry to the swap.
3. Come to the swap and pick out your new-to-you costume. Of course if your child is like mine, Halloween costumes just become part of everyday life and get worn over and over, even in May.
On Sunday at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, there will be a benefit for Island Grown Schools. HELP! A Benefit Concert: The Daytrippers Perform the Music of The Beatles The concert is from 7 to 8:30 pm and tickets are available through ticketsmv.com.
On Tuesday, Oct. 25 starting at 4 pm Flatbread Company will donate a portion of their profits to the Plum Hill School.
There will be a Halloween party and dance held at the Old Town Hall on Friday Oct. 28, the party for younger kids (not teenagers) will be from 5 to 7 pm and then the dance for older kids (teenagers) will be from 7 to 11 pm. Come in costume please.
Eric Wodlinger, the attorney to the M.V. Commission, died quietly at his home Wednesday, Oct. 12 from a brain tumor. His family is planning a memorial service for November 5 in the Story Chapel at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge (mountauburn.org), at approximately 3 pm, followed by a reception at home. Eric's family has invited everyone that knew Eric to join them.
Congratulations to Jannette Vanderhoop who gave birth to a daughter, Oceanna Arroya Dias, on October 9.
Judging from the pictures I saw on Facebook, Cranberry Day was a lot of fun, with lots of berries, kids, and perfect weather.