Parents and children of all ages are invited for a Spooktacular afternoon on Sunday at the Vineyard Haven Library from 2 to 3:30 pm. Enjoy games, treats, and spooky music while dressed in your Halloween finery.
Next Tuesday afternoon at 1 pm parents and children are invited to the library for a Disney animated classic film with a G rating. Popcorn will be served.
Wendy Williams Kraken will tell you about the Curious, Exciting and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid at 7 pm on Tuesday at the library. The title alone ought to attract you. The cephalopods, known to us as squid, octopus, and cuttlefish, who were once thought monsters of the deep are presented as charming and kindly brainiacs of the sea. Wendy is an author and journalist, and she knows what she is talking about.
Check out the Art in the Stacks at the library. The featured artist for November is Jo Scotford Rice. Her work will be on display during regular library hours. Jo’s experience includes teaching art on the Island.
Can you imagine the fun of “Being Elmo”? This Saturday at 7:30 pm get an interesting look behind the scenes at the magic of Sesame Street. Few know Elmo’s creator, Kevin Clash, who began building puppets at the age of 10 and performed on Baltimore’s Harbor Front. He dreamed of working with master puppeteer Jim Henson. This film is a delight for all ages. Admission is $8 ($5 for film society members) at the historic Cornell Theatre. This documentary won a special award at the Sundance Film Festival.
It was a last-minute reprieve. Lynne Benson says the Heath Hen Yarn & Quilt Shop has been sold to Jan Paul. She plans to continue the 40-percent off sale. Stop in to meet her.
Saturday at 3 pm meet with Liz Villard for a haunted history tour of the Tisbury Village Cemetery, on Center Street. Reservations required; call 508 627-4441, ext. 110.
Next week Mark C. Wilkins will discuss his book “Cape Cod’s Oldest Shipwreck: The Desperate Crossing of the Sparrow-Hawk.” The ship went aground in 1627 on Cape Cod, although the passengers had expected to land in Virginia. This talk begins a series of shipwrecks lectures in connection with the new exhibit, Martha’s Vineyard Shipwrecks, at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. The program begins at 5:30 next Thursday evening in the museum library.
Are you ready for more about a special Vineyard cat? Anna Lowell Tomlinson’s cat Lucius has a new book: “My Day and how I spend twenty-four hours.” The story is written by Lucius the cat, who is featured in delightful watercolor sketches, created lovingly by Anna. I especially like the sketch facing the title page and the one on the back cover. Any cat lover will be entranced by this book, priced reasonably at Bramhall & Dunn, Edgartown Books, and the Animal Shelter. All proceeds go to the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard. As I told Anna, her timing is wonderful. I found the earlier book was an excellent choice for Christmas presents.
Those literary scarecrows are a grand addition to Main Street. Even I can figure out who most of them are. Paul Karasik of the Charter School says there is still time to build one. It costs nothing to enter, but each scarecrow enters the builder in a drawing for a new iPad. Call Paul at 508-693-4059.
The Island Food Pantry is now open for the winter at the Stone Church. Hours are 2 to 4 pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Also offered are Clothes To Go on Wednesday and Friday and also Saturday from 9 to 11 am.
The weekly Edgartown Suppers are starting. Free delicious suppers begin at 5 pm on Monday through the winter at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.
Mark your calendar: The M.V. Chamber Music Society will hold their annual Thanksgiving Concert on November 26 at 7:30 pm at the Old Whaling Church. Tickets are $20. For information call 508-696-8055.
Many familiar Island Faces will be featured in a new exhibit next summer at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. The chosen ones will be the winners of a portrait contest. Capture your Island portrait in a painting, drawing, or photograph and submit it before February 29 to firstname.lastname@example.org, or bring it to the Museum on a cd or flash drive. The entry fee is $25. The Museum will award cash prizes for the winning portraits of the juried contest. Entry forms and details are on the Museum’s website www.mvmuseum.org.
Happy anniversary wishes go out on Sunday to Bill and Marie Connelly.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go to Lillian Colligan and Kaylee Donnella Kuehne. They party on Saturday. Sunday belongs to Sally Leslie-Mitchell.
Heard on Main Street: The goblins’ll get you if you don’t watch out.