This evening, October 10, at 5 pm, you can learn more about this year’s America’s Cup Race in San Francisco. Louisa Gould was there photographing the event. She will present a brief informal talk and slideshow about the race, with time for questions and light refreshments at the Louisa Gould Gallery on Main Street.

And of course this weekend is the Art of Chocolate Festival at Featherstone. The preview party is Friday. Tastes of chocolate wonders are two tastes for $5 and five tastes for $10 during the show on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4, with chocolate-related artwork on display.

Our sympathies go out to the Patrick family. Colleen and sons Sean and Darren are coping with a major loss in their lives. Donald Patrick died two weeks ago. They say that he was wonderfully cared for by the folks from Hospice at the hospital, who often sat with him through the long nights. We are so fortunate to have such caring folks on our island.

Jonathan Scott spoke of colonial house design and described the building structure last Saturday evening. A large group enjoyed a light meal and a fascinating slideshow while learning how much we really did not know of the early buildings on this island. The program was hosted by the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury.

Do you like to go out for breakfast? Enjoy that every second Saturday at the First Baptist Church. From 9 to 11 am they’ll serve pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, oatmeal, juice and coffee for $8. Family of four costs $25 and $5 for each additional member. All are welcome at the Church Parish House on William Street. For more call 508-693-1539

The teens at the YMCA are offering an Elder Tech Fair from 11 to 1 on Saturday. The tech-savvy teens will help us old folks to understand how to use your phone, tablet, or laptop. This is by appointment only. Call Ray Whitaker at 508-693-1676 to schedule your session. I hope this one is offered again when I can go.

Congratulations to Mike and Johanna Kobran of Tashmoo Wood who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary all summer. They went to Bermuda where they had gone on their honeymoon, then for a week to Michigan where they were married. There was also a wonderful weekend party here on the Island that included the family and lots of visitors. More visitors are here now to continue the celebration — Mike’s sister and her husband from Colorado. Johanna says it was a terrific summer, full of memories both new and old.

The Unitarian Universalist Society holds their annual Columbus Day Weekend Lobster Roll and Chowder Dinner on Saturday at 6 pm. You are invited to enjoy dinner, music, wine, and homemade desserts in the chapel for $20. The entertainment is by Melanie Sroka-Chaunce. Call the church or email jhkobran@yahoo.com to let them know you are coming.

The Tisbury School Harvest Festival is this Sunday from 3 to 5 pm. The event began 10 years ago with the idea to provide fun that is affordable for all. The festival includes a potluck supper, hayrides, pumpkin decorating, face painting, games and more — sponsored by the Tisbury School PTO. Bring a dish to share. All the games and activities are free. Also Island Grown Schools will have an apple-tasting booth and Island Alpaca will bring soft alpaca to pat. For more, call the school at 508-696-6500.

Our lovely Bradford pear trees are beginning to show their autumnal colors. I have been surprised by the few brilliantly red bushes and some dazzling trees that seem sparsely scattered about. The colors seem more dazzling when singular and not in clusters.

Rev. Bill Clark at the Unitarian Society has some fascinating sermon topics. This week he explores the joys, sorrows, and regrets (if any) of growing up. He asks, what is the best thing about being your age? What’s not? Just think about it.

On Sunday afternoon at 4 pm you can hear mystery writer Rev. Judy Campbell talking about The Truth Behind the Fiction at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore. She will be signing copies of her latest books and serving her famous Deadly Fudge.

Seastreak’s final Foxwoods Trip for 2013 is Monday, Columbus Day. Leave on the 8 am ferry out of Vineyard Haven and arrive at Foxwoods about 10:30 am. You have six hours to play until you leave at 4:30 pm. 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 back in Oak Bluffs at 7:30 pm. Make reservations at the Seastreak counter in both SSA terminals.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Saturday to Ryan Dunbar and Lee Lowe and his son Chris Lowe. Heather Chapman Angelastro has her special day on Sunday. Party with Phil Reynolds on Monday.

Heard on Main Street: October with its colors bright begins in peace and ends in fright.

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