It was so much fun to see how Main Street was joyously celebrating Halloween. The scarecrows were only part of the decoration. Pumpkins, witches, and ghosts were everywhere. The window at Louisa Gould Gallery showed lovely glass pumpkins in various sizes and shapes. The winner above all others was Alley Cat. A brief notice at the bottom of the window reads "the moon waxes ... the transformation continues." The pretty manikin was slowly transforming into a werewolf over the preceding week. Great job, Daisy!
Little ones in full regalia accompanied by a parent or older siblings took advantage of the Halloween treats offered by the shops on Main Street on Monday afternoon. As expected there were wild animals, princesses, and scary small people all over town. Later some of the scarecrows moved to the porch of the Mansion House until Sunday.
I guess we were lucky that the wind damage last weekend was not worse. Once again we realized the advantage of living in what my husband calls the "tropics of New England." Our daughter in Colorado was annoyed that the news featured the 1.3 inches of snow in Central Park when her town got over a foot of wet snow with the expected loss of many trees. Islanders returning from visits to other areas in New England could not believe we weren't snowed in as well.
The Bradford pear trees have successfully survived and are beginning to show their lovely fall colors. Be sure to take a trip down Clough Lane in the next week or so to enjoy our best autumn foliage.
Those of you who knew Keith Gorman when he was working here at the M.V. Museum will be delighted to hear that he now has a beautiful new baby girl. Claire was born last month in North Carolina.
Best wishes for a quick recovery go to Donna Blackburn who is painfully recovering from a serious fall. We are happy to hear she is now home from the hospital. Cards may be sent to her at 363 West Tisbury Road, Edgartown MA 02539.
"The Double Hour" is a Euro thriller about a former cop who happily meets a girl in Turin. On a romantic getaway in the country, things take a dark turn. Viewers will be on edge until the final moments. This is an Italian film with English subtitles shown at 7:30 pm Saturday at the Katharine Cornell Theatre.
Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday at 2 am. Fall back and enjoy an extra hour's sleep. You can tell who forgot because they will show up extra early for church on Sunday morning.
We hope Ed Colligan is feeling much better. He'd be the first to tell you that help will be needed to put up the 425 flags next Friday morning at 7:30 to honor Veterans Day. They need all the help they can get and to take them down at 3 pm. You can fuel up this Sunday morning at the Legion Hall from 8 to 10 am with a full breakfast for only $7. For more, call Buddy at 508-693-6214.
You should know that the Island Food Pantry at the Stone Church is happy to accept donations anytime it is open: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2 to 4. Or leave unopened boxed or canned foods at any super market or library. Unfortunately, they have to remind people not to donate past-dated food.
Clothes To Go also accepts clean, gently worn clothing and shoes when open. The hours are Wednesday and Friday, 2 to 4, and Saturday 9 to 11.
The Peter H. Luce Play Readers will present a reading of short comic plays by David Ives at the Vineyard Haven Public Library. Be there at 2 pm on November 13, a week from Sunday. Leslie Stark will direct the selections from Ives's award-winning collection, "All in the Timing." This begins the free series of Sunday with Friends offered monthly at the library this winter.
Island residents have free admission to the Martha's Vineyard Museum on Saturdays this winter. You can see three fascinating exhibits in addition to the 1854 original Fresnel lighthouse lens, a carriage shed of vehicles and vessels, and a permanent display on the Wampanoags. The special exhibits present Martha's Vineyard shipwrecks, Eisenstaedt island photos, and Martha's Vineyard and the Civil War. The museum is open from 10 to 4 pm in Edgartown.
When I first came to the island, I went to all the annual meetings I could find. It is a fine way to learn what an organization is all about and who is involved. The annual meeting for Martha's Vineyard Center for Living is a week from today at 7 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center. A brief presentation will reflect on what's new since 2009 and the plans for the future. These plans are important for all, especially those 55 and up. All are welcome.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go to Emma Wajda and Maura Valley. Friday belongs to Lena Hanschka. Wish the best to Alice Marshall on Saturday. Parties will be on Sunday for Sam Myers and Marilyn O'Callaghan. Hugh Knipmeyer and Buffy Hanschka celebrate their birthdays on Monday. Happy birthday to Priscilla Dickson on Monday.
Heard on Main Street: Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.