Does everyone have their costumes ready? It's time for tricks and treats and spooky delights, pirates and princesses and pumpkin pie. Who will you be this year? I'm usually pretty on top of it costume-wise, but this year, I still have no idea!
First, it's a matter of figuring out where to celebrate this weekend. Will it be the masquerade ball at the Harbor View or the annual Atlantic costume closing party on Saturday night? Or keep it low-key and check out Scary-oke at the Wharf?
Got to get it all out of my system, because Wednesday night, Halloween proper, is all about the kids as far as I'm concerned. I hope I'll get some reports this week on awesome costumes so I can keep you all in the loop.
If you're looking for a fun and educational way to get in the spirit (mua ha ha!), Liz Villard will be leading graveyard tours this Friday, October 26, and a second one on Monday, October 29, beginning at 5 pm. Learn the Island's history through the gravestones of those who lived it. Liz is offering a discount for all the islanders who have told her "I would really love to do one of your tours, but I am too busy in the summer." Just bring an ID with an Island address for the special price. For info, call 508-627-8619.
Travel correspondent Hilary Grannis made the trip north this past weekend to Paul Moreau's New Hampshire house on Lake Winnisquam with Bill Jacob, Cheri Mason, and Jane Ford for Jane's last weekend with her Island friends. Jane is moving off Island for a new and exciting chapter in her life. Best of luck, Jane.
Enjoy the stylings of repertory ensemble, the Long Point Five at the Council on Aging, Saturday, November 3 at 5:30 pm. The group comprises Jim Athearn on trombone, John Schilling on the trumpet, Julie Schilling on the clarinet, Bud Larson on flute, and Jeri Larson on keyboard. The Five will kick out the music of Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, George Gershwin, Stephen Foster, and Argentine Tangos, and more of your favorites. Call 508-627-4368 to sign up.
Forget the old pillow case! Get ready for Halloween in the Edgartown Library children's room, Friday, October 26, from 12 noon to 4 pm, where the young'uns can make their own glow-in-the-dark Trick or Treat bags while enjoying a Halloween story or two. What better way to be prepared.
The 21st season of Edgartown Community Suppers will begin on Monday, October 29 at 5 pm at the Old Whaling Church in the Baylies Room. Doors open at 4:45 pm. A hearty menu of salad, breads, soup, main entrée, desserts, and beverages will be offered, as well as warm companionship and great conversation. For info, call 508-693-0589.
Hospice of Martha's Vineyard will present Handmade from the Heart again this Christmas season. All local artisans, from candlestick makers to bakers, are invited to contribute to this holiday fundraiser for Hospice. Hospice is seeking any unique, handmade items, including jewelry, needlepoint, knitted items, paintings, photographs, Christmas ornaments and more. The items will be sold at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown on December 8th from 10 am to 3 pm. All proceeds go directly to cost-free patient care. Anyone interested in donating to "Handmade from the Heart" can call the Hospice office at 508-693-0189.
Happy birthday to Heather Smith, who celebrates October 27. Hope you have an awesomely spooky good time.