It's Halloween weekend and there are many activities and many places to don a costume and get a sugar high. First up is our own Halloween Party, which will be this Friday, October 28 at the Old Town Hall.
The party is a joint effort between the tribe's youth group and the town. From 5 to 7 pm there will be a costume party for the little kids, with snacks, crafts, and goody bags. At 7 pm there will be a potluck dinner and then a family dance until 11 pm. Please bring a dish to share and come in costume. There will be prizes for best costume and some great tunes to dance to. Younger children and their families are welcome to stay for both events, but we wanted to make sure that there was an option if parents wanted to get their little ones home and in bed in a timely way. This will be an alcohol-free event.
If ghost stories and gossip about dead people is your thing, on Saturday at 3 pm join Vineyard historian Liz Villard at Tisbury Village Cemetery, and discover the haunted history of Martha's Vineyard. Liz will share stories about many of the people buried at the cemetery. Cider and refreshments to follow.
The cemetery is located off Center Street between William and Franklin Streets in Vineyard Haven. The cost is $8 for museum members, $12 for non-members, and $6 for children under 15. Reservations required. Call 508-627-4441, ext. 110. The tour lasts about an hour and a half.
On Monday, Halloween itself, there are two more events for kids: the West Tisbury Library will hold a costume party with snacks and a hay ride from 3:30 to 5 pm, then from 5 to 6 pm you can head over to the Chilmark Community Center for their Halloween Pizza party and parade.
There is a change in day and time for story and craft time at the Aquinnah Library, it will now be from 4:30 to 5 pm on Thursdays. New staff member, Barbara Lampson will be leading it and she is looking forward to getting to know all the young folk of our town.
On Thursday, November 10, from 5 to 6 pm the book discussion group returns with "The Imperfectionists" by Tom Rachman. According to Publisher's Weekly, "...Rachman deftly applies his experience as foreign correspondent and editor to chart the goings-on at a scrappy English-language newspaper in Rome. Chapters read like exquisite short stories, turning out the intersecting lives of the men and women who produce the paper — and one woman who reads it religiously, if belatedly." You can pick up your copy at the library today.
Saskia Vanderhoop's Sassafras Earth Education will be holding a nature workshop for adults over four nights in November and December. The fee is $100. Go to sassafrasmvy.org or call Saskia directly at 508-645-2008 for all the details.
The Island Food Pantry has opened for the winter at the Stone Church on Church Street in Vineyard Haven. Its hours are 2 to 4 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Clothes To Go is also open there on Wednesdays and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 11 am.
Happy Birthday to Curtis Langer and Waylon Sauer who both celebrate birthdays this week. They may be seperated by many years, but they share a youthful outlook on life.