Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted October 11, 2007

I don't keep a weather journal, but, unless I'm mistaken, we usually have this pattern of Indian summer alternating with chilly spells through October. In any case, Sunday's windy cold front discouraged the fishermen, but it didn't quite put an end to our bountiful tomato season. Our kitchen counters and all other available surfaces have been covered since August with tomatoes of all sizes, thanks in part to our counselor who piloted us through fungi, drought and infestation, and who must remain nameless because he does not like his name in the paper. They are slowing down, however, and at last count only three were valiantly hanging on to their vines, presumably ripening. Meanwhile the freezer is stocked with enough bagged tomatoes to keep us in sauces and soup through the winter. The apples are moving into the house and we look forward to pies, brown betty, and applesauce - each to its season. We like to think of this as living off the land.

Photograph John Wightman is having a one-night show at the Beach Plum Inn next Sunday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 8 pm. He will show more than 60 images of Island seasons and promises that it will be an evening of fun, friends, food, and photos.

Madeline Fisher and some friends from the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School class of 1968 are hoping to have a class reunion in 2008. To get on the contact list, please go to

The women's symposium is celebrating its 10th year this month. The theme for the next meeting is "What I Didn't Say Then." There will, as always, be speakers followed by small discussion groups and refreshments. The date is Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 am to 12 noon.