I’ve been pulling the cozy sweaters out of storage, one by one, and a couple of nights last week, I even had occasion to wear boots. The crock pot is filled to bursting with squash and potatoes and rich fall seasonings, and the evenings find us lazily wrapped in wool blankets on the couch, catching up with the DVR, as hibernation sets in. Ah, fall.

The social calendar has been filled with final glimpses of summer friends before they begin the southern migration. Last week, we visited with Boatner and Wendy Reily, who head back to New Orleans soon, while this week, we get our time in with Laura and Tim Bryan before their wheels go up for the Carolinas.

Oh, happy day to Alex and Maggie (Brogan) Morrison, who tied the knot September 14 surrounded by friends and family. We were all curious where these seasoned travelers would honeymoon, as there seems to be no corner of the planet they have yet to explore. Well, the two are now enjoying a quiet sojourn in Italy. Here’s to a lifetime of jetsetting and happy trails.

The Council on Aging has some exciting programming coming up, including ballroom dancing with Tom and Dorothy Newton Fridays, September 27 and October 4, from 9:30 to 10:30 am, where they will teach the basics of the rumba. Also on the schedule is a walk on the African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard, led by Elaine Cawley Weintraub, on Saturday, October 5, at 10 am. The trail includes sites with bronze plaques that tell the stories of African Americans on the Vineyard. It covers every aspect of the experience from enslavement to flight; from fugitives to internationally renowned writers, politicians, and major figures in the Civil Rights Movement, including Dr. Martin Luther King. For further information on ECOA events, call 508-627-4368.

Tickets are currently on sale for the Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival, October 17–20, hosted by the Edgartown Board of Trade. The weekend will include tastings, workshops, parties, and more. Among the weekend’s offerings, Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater, the New York production company, will present If Opera Be the Food of Love, Eat On!, featuring Chef Matthew Passaclacqua. The event will take place at Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Saturday October 19. The evening combines opera classics, great food, and a lovely setting for a unique cabaret-style event. Chef Matthew Passaclacqua has collaborated with Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater, creating a delectable sequence of food, wine pairings, fancy and song. Entertainment is paced throughout the evening as four singers perform operatic showpieces and comic turns to complement an elegant five-course meal.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Walter Morrison, September 26; to Toni Cook, September 30; and to Suzy Seymour, October 3. Hope you have a good one.