Ride along Beach Road right now on a given Saturday, and the other side of Senge looks like a never-ending carnival of big white tents. Downtown, packs of people dressed to the nines wander aimlessly before finally giving in and asking directions to a particular church — and maybe a good place to get some coffee, while you’re at it. It is the season of love on Martha’s Vineyard, as brides and grooms and their entourages are everywhere you turn your head.
Among the newly wed are a few of our own. Lisa Barbini exchanged vows with Fran Detoma this past Saturday in Sturbridge, and many friends and family were there to partake in the joy. Luckily, Dick Barbini was not allowed to select the dinner menu for the event; otherwise, it would have been bologna sandwiches all round! Man, that guy loves a bologna sandwich. Here’s to a lifetime of happiness, guys!
Meanwhile, the Magnuson crew bore witness to the vows of happy couple Rachel Magnuson and Raphael Gonzalez in Onset. Wishing you all the best for a lovely future.
Also on tap this season are those autumnal colors popping up all over my Facebook feed. You would think the page was sponsored by Ocean Spray or something, the way the pictures of apples and pumpkins take over. Babies smaller than pumpkins, toddlers larger than pumpkins, dogs dressed up as pumpkins — they are all represented. And the apple-picking and apple-baking and apple-tree-climbing! Cider, please! The DeOliveiras got their fill of the apples out in Sturbridge, all smiles and ruddy cheeks. I have never picked an apple, but it does look like fun.
Get on down to the Anchors and check out some art. Susan Sellers will be exhibiting her plein air paintings of Island and Maine landscapes during October. A draftsman, graphic artist, and sign maker, Susan considers her fine art freeing, and works in an expressionistic manner. Visit her work at sellerssigns.com.
Lily Morris of Chappaquiddick will offer her beautiful large-format landscape photographs for sale in an elegant benefit event this Columbus Day weekend. The event, called “Shine,” will take place Oct. 11th, 12th, and 13th from 10 am to 8 pm at 129 Indian Hill Road in West Tisbury (first mailbox past Christiantown Road). Local hidden treasures made by Vineyard artists and artisans will be offered for sale in an exquisite setting, in the warm and welcoming environment of a lovely private home gallery, with delicious snacks provided and beautiful products available for purchase. A portion of the sale benefits “the sameheart,” a documentary film by Len and Georgia Morris, which proposes a way to end child poverty.
Back by popular demand, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is once again celebrating the faces of Martha’s Vineyard with a second “Island Faces” portrait competition in collaboration with Featherstone Center for the Arts. Three years ago, the Museum held its first portrait contest, inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s annual contest. Members and visitors greeted the exhibition that resulted with great enthusiasm, encouraging it to occur again. Beginning Oct. 1, the museum will begin accepting entries for the second contest. A panel of judges from the Island’s art community will jury the competition, and the winning portraits will debut at the Museum’s summer opening reception on June 12, 2015, and remain on display through the summer. The public will once again be able to vote on a separate “People’s Choice” category, the winners of which will be featured at Featherstone beginning Oct. 18, 2015. Visit mvmuseum.org/portraitcontest.php for further info.
Birthday wishes go out this week to Tricia Willoughby, who celebrates Oct. 2; Andrea Dello Russo, Oct. 5; Kacy Hintze, Oct. 7; Susan Koerner and Mike Dow, Oct. 8. Hope you all have a good one!