Noteworthy events


Time to read

Fall is a great time to pick up a good book, and the Oak Bluffs Library is encouraging just that as they start up their monthly book club again. The first book will be “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson. The novel, which recounts the life of a preacher from a small midwest town, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2005. Books are available at the library, and a discussion will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 am.

This is also the time to prepare for cold weather. Join the Knitting for Others group at the Oak Bluffs Library each Thursday from 2 to 4 and create something warm for people in need. The group, led by Judy Campbell, starts October 6 and continues through December 1.

Living Local

Next weekend, the Vineyard Energy Project, Island Grown Initiative, Vineyard Conservation Society, and Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society will again join forces to host the annual Living Local Harvest Festival, and other related events.

On Friday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 9 pm, a group of Island elders will share stories from the past at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. On Saturday afternoon, the Agricultural Hall and environs will be the scene for a family friendly day of food, activities, demonstrations, and interactive events with a focus on agriculture and sustainability.

The Living Local Harvest Fest will run from 10 am to 3 pm, followed by a community potluck and Contra Dance at the Ag Hall from 6 to 10 pm. For more information, visit

Wings of Hope fundraiser

Farm Neck Golf Club will host a fundraiser for Angel Flight NE on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 2 to 6 pm. Angel Flights provides free transportation to and from medical services for those in need. The afternoon includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music by jazz recording artist Ellen O’Brien. There will also be a live and silent auction featuring, among other things, a weekend in Naples, Fla., and a week in the Caribbean.

Tickets are $50 and are available from or at the Ocean View restaurant in Oak Bluffs.

Fungal foraging

Take a fall walk through the Polly Hill Arboretum grounds with naturalist Marlene Snecinski, aka Mushroom Marlene, this Saturday afternoon, Sept. 24, and forage for wild mushrooms and other fall botanicals. Ms. Snecinski, a member of the Connecticut Valley Mycological Association, will point out which mushrooms are edible, which are poisonous, and will share many interesting fungi facts.

The walk, from 1 to 4 pm, is $36 or $30 for Polly Hill Arboretum or Slow Food MV members.