The children go back to school on Monday. Keep an eye out for the little ones who will be too excited to look both ways. The big kids will be eager to see their friends and may not pay much attention to cars. Drivers must be especially alert at this time of year.

Don’t forget to enjoy the MV International Film Festival Today begins the eighth Annual Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival, presented by the MV Film Society, which runs through Sunday. Most films are at the new Film Center though some 26 will be at the Capawock Theater and the Katharine Cornell Theatre.

Richard Paradise spends much of the year finding these special movies. The festival opens with the romantic comedy, “In A World,” chosen at Sundance nine months ago. No film plays more than once during the festival, although popular movies will be shown through October. The juried shorts program with nine features is tomorrow. The Bill Plympton animated shorts show is on Saturday, hosted by local filmmakers Dan and Greg Martino.

Richard recommends two films especially: “Haute Cuisine,” the story of the first woman to work as the French president’s executive chef, and “Museum Hours,” an Austrian film in German and in English. There are 17 foreign films, including offerings from Bonaire, Belguim, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, and Chile. You can get the schedule from the website mvfilmsociety.com.

Want to escape for the day and take a trip to Foxwoods? Seastreak is offering another trip scheduled for September 13. Leave at 8 am out of Vineyard Haven, arrive about 10:30 am. Cost is $45 for roundtrip ferry and bus and includes a $15 gaming credit and $10 food voucher. Return trip leaves Foxwoods at 4:30 pm and the ferry arrives in Oak Bluffs at 7:30 pm. Make your reservation at the Seastreak counter in the Vineyard Haven SSA Terminal.

Some friends of mine lunched at Farm Neck during the President’s visit. As they were leaving, they were told that the President would be leaving soon. Would they like to wait and see him?

They did and he soon arrived. One woman said his head was reddened and she asked him, “Don’t you have a hat?” He smiled and said he did. One of the others said, “Put it on.” Mothers are mothers wherever and whenever!

Thanks to the Tisbury Firemen the classic car show on Main Street was noisy and boisterous as well as entertaining. They drew a number of happy visitors to the scene. Several enjoyed our selectman’s musical performance as well.

The Princess PooPooly Ukulele Band was organized at the Tisbury Senior Center where they practice every Wednesday from 1 to 3 pm. They will play at the Windemere Celebration of Music at the Tabernacle next Sunday from 2 to 4 pm. They join other favorite musicians: Carol Loud & Wind Chime Choir & Wind Song Chorus; Jim Thomas & the U.S. Slave Song Project Spirituals Choir; Phil Dietterich & Pam Butterich; Taffy McCarthy & Bob Johnston; Mark Alan Lovewell; Michael Haydn; Rick O’Gorman; and more special guests. This is a program designed to please. There will be a free-will offering. It’s an afternoon honoring Windemere’s music program and musicians. The Princess Poo-Poo-Ly Band will play songs you know and they hope you will join them in singing.

Sunday morning at one minute past midnight the fishing folk on the Island will head for the water to celebrate the annual Fishing Derby. Actually a woman can be just as good a fisherman as anyone, but I thought I ought to head off those who think otherwise. Good luck to one and all as you head for the shoreline. Remember, the seniors will enjoy your leftovers as well.

This Sunday, September 15, the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library will host the annual Race for the Library. The 5K Run/Walk starts at the library with runners proceeding to the West Chop lighthouse and back. There is also be a 1/2 Mile Fun Run for Kids (13 & under).

There will be prizes for winners in all age groups, and a raffle. The 5K starts at 10 am; Fun Run for Kids starts at 9:45 am; Registration begins at 8:30 am. Registration forms are available at the library or downloaded from vhlibrary.org.

Betty Burton at the library goes out of her way to bring us some wonderful opportunities. This fall Professor Philip Weinstein is offering a six-week workshop called Discovering Faulkner’s Fiction. The sessions begin at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 24. We will study and enjoy three of Faulkner’s novels. Sign up now.

On behalf of the West Tisbury Library or Mother Goose on the Loose, Nelia and Amy will be reading to children age 0-3 at our library next Thursday morning at 10:30.

We wish a happy and rapid recovery to Barbara Day. She is enjoying the help of the staff of our fine hospital as she learns how to use her new hip.

Happy anniversary to Chuck and Ann Downing, who celebrate on Wednesday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Melissa Gold and Janet Stiller and to Joe Doebler who marks a very special year. A very happy birthday to Mike Ciancio who blows out the candles tomorrow. Monday belongs to Craig Sias. Best wishes go to Deborah Giuffre on Tuesday. Susan Rice parties on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Fishing by moonlight only sounds romantic.

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