Oak Bluffs


Along with falling leaves and colorful foliage, there are now ghosts, goblins, pumpkins and witches everywhere. Some are quite clever, and I think the adults are getting a bigger kick out of decorating than some of the kids. With all the planned parties and celebrations, hopefully there will be little time or energy left for mischief. I have found that my trick or treat visitors, no matter what the age, have been most polite, well-behaved, and grateful for the treats.

Here is something different and entertaining to do. The Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s Halloween Festival will take place on Sunday, Oct. 27, rain or shine, at the Museum’s Vineyard Haven property, 151 Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven from 12 noon until 3 pm. Judging for best costume and pumpkin carving will take place at approximately 2 pm. The event is free and open to all. The afternoon will feature contests, historic games, carvings, costumes, food, cider, and more. The public is invited to bring their already carved pumpkins to be displayed for the duration of the event. Judges will choose the best carved pumpkin and Halloween costume in two categories, kids and adults, and prizes will be awarded in all categories. Judges include Susan Klein, Island author and storyteller, Ann Smith, Executive Director at Featherstone Center for the Arts, and Jim Weiss, superintendent of schools.

Getting into the Halloween spirit, our Oak Bluffs Library has a few scary events planned. They include Ghost Hunting With Holly on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6 pm. Holly Nadler will tell Vineyard ghost stories and then lead a real ghost hunt. Bring a flashlight and camera. This is a free activity.

Halloween Movie and Pizza Night will take place on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 6 pm. The film is a

documentary based on “Amityville Horror” featuring Daniel Lutz who grew up in the house. This is also a free event.

Margaret and David Olivera celebrated their 25th wedding Anniversary on October 21 a week earlier when they traveled to Washington, D.C., by Amtrak, where they met their daughter Alicia and toured the area visiting Georgetown, Andrews Air Force Base, museums and other sites. On the way back the Amtrak route took them along the coast of Connecticut where they had marvelous views of the foliage. What a wonderful time they all had and what a great way to celebrate 25 years of marriage that seemed to have gone by so swiftly.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s Annual Thanksgiving Concert will be held on Saturday evening, November 30 at 7:30 pm. Here is an opportunity to hear an extraordinary program of wonderful music performed at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. Tickets may be purchased at the door 30 minutes before the Concert; $20 for adults, students admitted free; no advance sales.

Don’t be scared — just be there at the Oak Bluffs School PTO Halloween Party.

Calling all ghosts and goblins to come and join this celebration on Saturday, October 26, from 5 to 8 pm. There will be great food, fun games, haunted houses, zombie dancing, a raffle and much more. The admission fee is $3 per person with a $12 family cap.

Important dates to remember for the school are 12 noon dismissals on October 24, October 28, and October 30. The sixth grade trip to Camp Alton Jones is on October 28–30, and the Book Fair runs from October 28 through November 8.

Prayers of Peace service will be held on Friday, November 1, at 4 pm in the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Chapel. It will be an interfaith service with prayers and meditations of peace readings, reflections, and music. Everyone is welcome to this service which is

sponsored by clergy, musicians, artists, and the interfaith community of Martha’s Vineyard. For info, call Carolyn Eddy at 508-696-1839 or Grace Church at 508-693-0332.

We send birthday smiles to Ann Baird on the 25th, Ashley DePriest on the 28th, followed by Simone McCarthy the next day, Felicia Taylor and Eleanor Tomkins on the 29th, and Sally Leslie Mitchell on the 30th, and Jacquie McGillicuddy on the 31st. Smiles to those I might have missed and get-well wishes to those in need of a healing smile.

Enjoy your week. Peace.