We’re certainly getting into the fall spirit over here, deep-frying turkeys and adding pumpkin and squash to every meal. I love to follow the obligatory pictures online of friends’ babies posed with pumpkins. Or in our family’s case, this year the photo op involved a pumpkin and a stuffed dog.

You see, we had a special visitor this past weekend, all the way up from a classroom in New Canaan, Connecticut. The visitor was Owney the dog, and his tour guide was Adeline Smith. As part of a school project, Addy was tasked with documenting her furry friend in locales Island-wide before returning Owney to the classroom so that next weekend he may partake of another classmate’s escapades. Have fun on your next adventure, buddy!

Speaking of pumpkins, Morning Glory Farm will host their Annual Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, October 19, from 11 am to 3 pm. Get ready for a day of hayrides, face painting, and of course pumpkin carving. Local foods and baked goods will be on hand, as well as field pumpkins galore. Call 508-627-9003 for more info.

In continuing our tour of places in their final days of the season accompanied by friends getting ready for their winter migrations, we made the rounds with Jamie and Nicole Le Blonde last week, with stops at Chesca’s and the Port Hunter — two of our seasonal favorites. We enjoyed good food, good peeps, and a little shuffleboard, and of course, promises to visit the two in their winter digs in Naples, Florida. Bon voyage, friends.

It’s a wrap on yet another Derby season, but there remains one more week of suspense before we find out what lucky anglers will motor away in a new truck or boat. The annual awards banquet, including the thrilling grand prize key ceremony will take place at Farm Neck, Sunday, October 20, at 1 pm. In addition to the bestowing of trophies and plaques, offerings will include food, fun, and a benefit raffle for the scholarship fund. Visit mvderby.com for further info.

Felix Neck has some awesome fall events lined up to get us outside before winter hibernation sets in. October 18, check out the Full Moon Owl Prowl, a full moon walk to look, listen, and learn about these nocturnal birds. Observe resident barn owls in our owl cam and perhaps out on the trails. Next up on October 22 is the Fall Migration Bird Walk, in which you can explore the sanctuary to take a closer look at the birds that make the great journey south for the cold winter months. Visit massaudubon.org/felixneck for times and info.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Caroline Taylor, who celebrates October 20, and to Sara Piazza, October 22. Hope it’s a good one.

Next week, we’ll be talking Halloween, so get your thinking caps and crafty gloves on and come up with some awesome costumes this year. And don’t forget to tell me all about it.