Another Derby season has officially passed, with newly minted boat and truck owners taking off with their sweet rewards. Sounds as though there weren't as many fish to be had this year, but you would never know that to look at the Leaderboard — or my Facebook feed for that matter. Several new fisherpeople made their marks, including Brooke Avakian and Amelia Ball, reeling in something to slap on the measuring block.
I've received even more info via Barbara Prada about the Class of 1971's 40th reunion weekend, which took place the first of the month. First off, a correction: her sister Chris's last name is Eissenstat, not Eissentat. (My apologies for the mistake.) Chris made the trip up from Frederick, Md., to partake of the festivities. The Prada sisters hosted a little neighborhood/class reunion dinner at their house the night before the reunion. Cindy Enos Bonnell and Nancy Leighton Henry (classmates of Chris's) and Jane Carroll Joyce joined Ursula, Chris, and Barbara for dinner. Nancy Lane Long (another classmate), her friend, Sam, and Sue Carroll joined up for dessert. Jane, Sue, and Nancy Leighton were the Prada's neighbors growing up, and Cindy is their cousin. The girls' fathers, Bob Carroll, Sam Leighton, and Richard Prada were all the same age and all grew up together, and so, in turn, did their daughters. So great to keep these friendships and traditions going.
Changes are afoot at the Boys and Girls Club Second Hand Store. New manager Kevin Ryan has called to get the word out that the store will be changing their days and hours of operation. They will now be open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am to 3 pm. Abby Leighton is now over at the Club working on programming. For more information, call Kevin at the store, 508-627-5683.
It's that spooky crow-scaring time again. Paul Karasik, Development Director at the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School is getting the word out about this year's Scarecrow Festival. Scarecrows will go up in front of businesses Island-wide this weekend, October 22-23, but there is still time to contact Paul to sponsor or build a scarecrow. This year's theme is Literary Scarecrows. It costs nothing to enter but each scarecrow built entitles the builder to enter a drawing for a brand new iPad. Interested builders can contact Paul at 508-693-4059.
The Edgartown Council on Aging will have a special meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 4 pm in the Fred B. Morgan Jr. Meeting Room on the first floor of the Edgartown Town Hall; at which they will take, hear, and consider Edgartown residents' opinions, comments, and observations regarding the proposal of the town Library Building Committee to relocate the Edgartown Council on Aging to the Carnegie Building where the town library is presently located. Those who do not or cannot attend this meeting may submit comments in writing to the Edgartown Council on Aging by mail, addressed to The Anchors, P.O. Box 1295, Edgartown, MA 02539, or by dropping them off at The Anchors, 10 Daggett Street in Edgartown. Comments may also be submitted by email, addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for all comments, written or otherwise is 4 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 15.
The United Methodist Church of M.V. will resume their weekly Edgartown Suppers beginning Monday, Oct. 24 in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church (Edgartown Liturgical Arts Center). Doors open at 5 pm. Dinners are free; all are welcome.
The Island Food Pantry is open for the winter starting October 17, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2 to 4 pm at the Stone Church (Christ Mission Life Center). Clothes To Go is also open there on Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as Saturday from 9 to 11 am.