Anyone leaving our house last week walked out into a cloud of monarch butterflies fluttering to the butterfly bush by the front door. It's part of their annual ritual before they make the long journey to Mexico and other southern climes. Fields and roadsides are dazzling with waving yellow clumps of goldenrod. The skies seem to smile down on us with spectacular cloud formations, and little rainbows peek out when a sudden shower invades the sunny panorama.
Last weekend was busy with the harvest festival and the Martha's Vineyard Horse Council "Fall Fuzzy" Horse Show. Horse council regular Katie Carroll reports that it's a low key show that integrates equitation classes with such informal classes as egg and spoon, sit a buck, command class, and a costume contest. Chilmark kids who participated were Bella Thorpe, Ava Stearns, Erin Hickey, Sadie Dix, and Bradley Carroll.
Katie Carroll would like everyone to fast-forward to December for a few minutes as she is helping the firefighters plan their annual holiday party. She asks that any newcomers to town with children - newborns through fifth grade -‑give her a call at 508-645-3638 so she can put their names on Santa's list. "I know it's early," she says, "but Santa is very busy and needs all the advance help he can get."
Kieran Maloney was home for the weekend to attend his best friend Matt Cabral's sister Emily's wedding. His younger brother Owen is hard at work doing therapy so he can get back on his feet after recent knee surgery. We wish him Godspeed!
There were a lot of birthday celebrants last weekend. Visiting at Kathie and Emmett Carroll's for the occasion were Kathie's mother, Caroline Crocker of Peabody, her brothers Harvey of Peabody, and Kimball of Rhode Island, all on hand to celebrate Chris Carroll's 35th birthday on the 29th and Caroline Crocker's 91st, which is Oct. 8.
Jim Hickey and Hillary Noyes-Keene also celebrated their birthdays, both on Saturday the 30th.
Craig and Laurie Keefe celebrated their 10th anniversary with their kids, Ali and Quinn, (aka "Cruiser"). The Keefes spend summers here and winters in Colorado.
Genevieve Flanders, daughter of Joy and Steve Flanders, was awarded the Kellogg Essay Prize for excellence in essay writing in English at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.
The library will have an orientation meeting next Wednesday afternoon for teachers and library staff.
Rick Karney of the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group will speak next Wednesday, Oct. 11, 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Chilmark Public Library, as part of the continuing fall series on fishing and ocean life, a joint project between the Aquinnah and Chilmark libraries. Mr. Karney will discuss efforts to restore shellfish to Island waters. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by the Friends of both libraries.
School children are embarked on a fundraising effort for their outing program and will be selling Sally Foster products. Sally Foster is well known for quality wrapping paper and also carries a line of chocolates, body lotions, and other items. Anyone interested in supporting the program may call the school or any parent.
The pre-school had two field trips last week. One was to the Chilmark Store where they learned not only how to make pizza, but also got to eat some for lunch. They also ventured over to Ozzie and Rena Fischer's Beetlebung Farm where they were allowed to pick beautiful flowers to take home.
Special thanks to Katie Carroll for e-mailing me lots of news. May she inspire others to e-mail or telephone me with their news!
A further word about the State Ethics Commission seminar on the conflict of interest law: It will be held next Thursday Oct. 12 at 3:30 pm at town hall. The location may be changed since other towns have expressed interest in attending, so call Annette Anthony at 508-645-2001 to confirm the location.