Now it really feels as if summer is over. The last holdouts have left, not to return until the spring and it feels like everything is closed. Which is not entirely true: while most of the up-Island restaurants closed this past weekend, Faith's Seafood Shack is staying through the end of the month, weather permitting. Also on the Cliffs, Stony Creek Gifts at the Cliffs and Pandora's Box in Menemsha are all open on the weekends. The Pandora's Box big fifty percent off sale started last Thursday evening and it was quite an event. One could describe it as a feeding frenzy, albeit a friendly one. And there were many friends there. I waited in line (for longer than I care to admit) with Amera Ignacio and we got caught up on our kids and how our summers went. I didn't leave with that much, but I did feel like I had gone through some kind of up-Island female bonding ritual.
Sassafras fall programs started this past weekend, but they still have some slots open if you would like to sign up. Go to sassafrasmvy.org for all the information.
Stop by the Chilmark Branch of the Bank of Martha's Vineyard starting this Friday to see Lisa Vanderhoop's exhibit. She will have prints and photos and her seadog calendars and Christmas cards available. The exhibit will be up for three weeks.
This weekend at Morning Glory Farm is the Pumpkin Festival. It's on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. I realize that this is not in Aquinnah but it has become one of the fall highlights for parents and kids throughout the Island, and I thought I'd mention it. Last year I saw Waylon and Amos Sauer exhausting their grandfather, Jeffrey Madison: they were dragging him all over the farm making sure they didn't miss a thing.
The next blood pressure clinic will be held on October 18 from 2 to 3 pm in the Aquinnah Town Hall. Free and open to all Aquinnah residents. If you have any questions, contact our town nurse, Mary McLaughlin, RN, at 781-534-2543.
David White, Artistic Director of the Yard, will be the speaker at the first of the MV Center for Living's winter cultural luncheons on Saturday, October 20, from noon to 2 pm at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. For reservations, call MVC4L Director Leslie Clapp @ 508-939-9440. Or you may purchase tickets from the June Manning.
Congratulations to Berta and Carla of Stony Creek Gifts! They received a beautification notification Award of Excellence from the Garden Society of Martha's Vineyard stating that Stony Creek's displays contribute to the beautification of Martha's Vineyard.
Jo-Ann Eccher and Derrill Bazzy are looking for volunteers for their son Jacob's home based Son-Rise autism program. They will provide training. The program runs seven days a week from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. They are looking for people who can give two hours twice a week plus attend a team meeting every month. They can also provide an externship to someone who is interested in working in the field of special needs/autism. If you are interested, call Jo-Ann at 508-645-3245 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now the weather has really turned fall-like and it's time to prepare for Halloween. If you want to help with the Aquinnah Halloween party, let me know!