Fall is here with visions of warm cozy nights in front of fireplaces, slower pace to our living, and homemade cooking and baking. Just in time the good folk at Linda Jean's Restaurant and their patrons have published a delightful cookbook. Not only does it have many delicious recipes, but it also has a beautiful and durable cover. And just to further entice you to buy one, the proceeds from the sale of this cookbook will be donated to the Island Food Pantry and the Animal Shelter of Martha's Vineyard. Good food, good people, and a generous donation to two worthy causes all wrapped up in a beautiful and useful package.
The Vineyard Crop Walk takes place this Sunday, Oct. 24. Check-in time is at St. Augustine's in Vineyard Haven and the walk starts at 2 pm, walking to Trinity Church in Oak Bluffs and back, or any part of this six-mile walk. Twenty-five percent of the money raised goes to the Island Food Pantry. For more information, call Alden Besse at 508-693-3930.
Last year over 80 Island businesses made a contribution to the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School and in exchange they received a handsome scarecrow. This year's Scarecrow Festival for the School — between October 23 and November 1 — will have a literary theme. Keep your eyes open for some imaginative creations.
Fitness Director Brenda Wallis will be teaching the free class at the Mansion House on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 3:30 pm. The class Boot Camp Strength uses a variety of strength training equipment plus the resistance of your own body weight.
Sondra Murphy has planned two fun events for children at the Oak Bluffs Library. There will be Spooky Crafts on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Spooky fun crafts include lollipop spider, thumbprint pumpkins, flying ghosts, and more. All ages are welcome and there is no need to sign up for this free event.
The Library Halloween Party will be on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 11 am to 1 pm. Fun tricks and treats including music, spooky games, costume contest with prizes, and more. All are welcome to this free event, which includes refreshments.
On Sunday, Oct. 24, at 5 pm the London Gold Group of young violinists and violists, ages 9 to 15, will perform at the Whaling Church. The concert is free for all young people, with a suggested $10 donation for adults. This is an extraordinary group of Suzuki-trained musicians, headed by Helen Brunner, founder of the London Suzuki Group.
Many people have asked when the Oak Bluffs Fire Museum is open. It is now open Saturday mornings from 9 am to 12 noon and on Wednesday from 1 to 4 pm. Hopefully the hours will be extended if everything works out.
Important dates to remember at the Oak Bluffs School are October 30 for the PTO Halloween Party and the Book Fair from November 1 to 12.
On October 15 the Oak Bluffs School said goodbye to their former principal, Laury Binney. The children showed their respect and love for Mr. Binney at the morning Community Meeting with admiration and sadness.
We send birthday smiles to Judy Williamson on October 22, Liz Field on the 23rd, Chris Look III the next day, Ann Baird on the 25th, Ashley DePriest on the 27th, and Simone McCarthy on Oct. 28.
Special long-distance birthday smiles to Emily Goldthwait, who will be 19 on October 22. She is in India, specifically outside of Phey, living and learning at SEMCOL for the semester.
Enjoy your week.