Wind and rain and frost, oh my. That was some wacky weather this weekend, I'm just glad we were spared the snow because a parka just didn't fit with my Halloween costume. A big thank-you to Christy Moreis, Nonie Madison, Lisa Vanderhoop, Irina Gerhard, Betty Joslow and all who helped with and came to the Halloween party last Friday. The DJ was a welcome addition and many of the younger kids tore it up on the dance floor.
The costumes were very creative, (you should have seen Clyde Smith's robot!) and it seems like the Star Wars obsession is waning slightly: not every family had a Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker like last year. The cutest thing was seeing Aretha Brown's one-year-old, Fiona, as a baby skunk and Heidi Vanderhoop's son, Erick, as Elmo. Everyone seemed in the Halloween spirit and it was a really great party. Thank you also to Theresa Manning and Alex Taylor for organizing the trick-or-treating on Monday. After three days of parties and trick-or-treating, I am ready to put Halloween back on the shelf until next year.
Today, Thursday, the second discussion in Phil Weinstein's book group takes place at 4 pm at the Chilmark Library. The book discussed is E. M. Forster's "A Passage to India."
In Aquinnah library news, they have developed a brief "How are we doing?" survey for the whole month of November. They would love to hear everyone's feedback and comments. Please take a moment to fill one out. The survey is anonymous unless you have questions you would like answered, in which case please include your name.
The Beetlebung Festival of the Arts and Edibles will be held this Sunday, November 6, at 7 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. It will include performances by Emma Young, poet and printmaker, Jason Nichols, songwriter, vegetable grower and member of the off-Island group, You Won't. Chef Chris Fischer will be serving his fresh edibles, and Todd Christy will be brewing the coffee. There will also be some handmade items for sale. Admission is free but dinner and everything else is not.
The next blood-pressure clinic in Aquinnah will be held November 17 from 2 to 3 pm at the Town Hall. Free and open to all.
Beginning on Saturday, November 5, The Martha's Vineyard Museum is offering free or pay-what-you-can admission for Island residents through the spring. They have many fine exhibitions happening this fall, including one on M.V. shipwrecks. You can also see the 1854 original Fresnel lens from the Gay Head Lighthouse and a permanent exhibition on the Wampanoags. The Museum is open every Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm.
Tom Dresser is at work on a new book about the wreck of the City of Columbus off Gay Head in the winter of 1884. If anyone has artifacts from the shipwreck, or medals awarded for the bravery of the rescuers, or personal anecdotes from descendants of people connected with the wreck, Tom would love to talk to you. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.