Sunday, October 27, is the Kids' Halloween Party at the Vineyard Haven Library from 1 to 3 pm. A costume parade through the library will finish off the festivities after games, crafts, music, and refreshments.
The library has a special movie on Wednesday when school is a half day. The kids' movie is at 1 pm about a family forced to move out of their cave. The family embarks on a fantastical and funny adventure in search of a new home.
Heidi Carter will speak on the Architecture of Your Voice at the library next Tuesday at 7 pm. Learn how the human voice may have inspired the building of sacred places of worship. From caves, to mud and straw, to magnificent churches and temples around the world, similar acoustical principles can be likened to the human body. All these find their origins in intuition and artistic mastery.
The West Tisbury Library's Mother Goose on the Loose continues in our library until December 19. Nelia and Amy will read to little ones up to 3 years old on November 7 and 21 and then the last off-site session will be at 10:30 am on Thursday, December 19, at Vineyard Haven. They plan regular story times when their own new library opens in midwinter.
This Sunday afternoon the Martha's Vineyard Museum will have a Halloween festival from 12 noon to 3 pm on the lawn of the former Marine Hospital/St. Pierre School. The afternoon will feature contests, historic games, costumes, food, and cider. Bring your already carved pumpkins to be displayed. About 2 pm judges will choose the best carved pumpkin and Halloween costume for kids and adults. Judges include storyteller Susan Klein, Ann Smith of Featherstone, and James Weiss, Vineyard School Superintendent. Families are invited to play some historic games on the lawn and see alpaca from the Island Alpaca Farm. Cronig's will provide cider, and Halloween treats will be available. The event is free and open to all.
Look for the Charter School scarecrows on Main Street. They are a grand addition to the season.
I was sorry to hear that Yvonne LaBreque died last week at the home of her granddaughter, Melissa Ehn, in Portland, Oregon. Yvonne was a founding member of the M.V. chapter of the League of Women Voters and an active volunteer at our Vineyard Haven Library and other places on the Island. A memorial service is planned for the spring.
There will be Prayers of Peace, an interfaith service, at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital Chapel a week from tomorrow at 4 pm. The non-denominational gathering will include prayer, meditation, reflections and readings, music, and periods of silence. Cheryl Burns of the Threshold Choir will teach three short, comforting songs. Yoga teacher Martha Abbott will lead participants in gentle arm movements and breathing. Also on the program are poet Michael West with a meditative reading and Peggy McGrath explaining and leading Contemplative or Centering Prayer, a Christian meditative practice. Soothing flute music will be performed by Holly Wayman, and the Rev. Alden Besse will offer prayers and a closing blessing. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more call Carolyn Eddy at 508-693-1839 or Grace Church at 508-693-0332.
Has the Island ever enjoyed a more colorful autumn? The Bradford Pear trees are just beginning their glorious show of color, the red maples are dazzling, and even the oaks seem to have a pretty rust color in their browning leaves. Of course, it all looks better when the sun is shining.
Do you remember WW II? Were you on the Island? Will you share your memories or experiences of Island life at that time? Do you have photographs from the Vineyard during World War II? Tom Dresser, Herb Foster, and Jay Schofield want to talk with you. They especially want to hear recollections of the signal corps base on Peaked Hill, the USO, patrolling the beaches, practice invasions, and more about the relations between the armed forces and Vineyarders. Call Tom Dresser (508-693-1050) or email him at email@example.com. See also Facebook for World War II on Martha's Vineyard. What can you tell them about Vineyard Haven during the war?
Happy anniversary to Bill and Marie Connelly on Wednesday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Selectman Jeff Kristal on Sunday. Wish the best to Lillian Colligan, Kaylee Kuehne, Tate Buchwald on Tuesday. Wednesday is party time for Sally Leslie-Mitchell.
Heard on Main Street: If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.