It feels like just yesterday that the summer crowds lined the beaches and filled restaurants and shops from here to Vineyard Haven. The Derby has now come and gone. Halloween is a thing of the past. And, wow, we’ve turned our clocks back and it’s already a week into November.

The Chilmark Volunteer Firefighter’s Association held another spooktacular kids’ Halloween Party at the CCC. I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who helped make this another memorable evening for our town kids. The Athearn family at Morning Glory Farm donated pumpkins and cornstalks that adorned the doorstep. Julie Flanders contributed the hay bale centerpiece. Another secret chocolate drop-off from Allison Berger and MaryBeth Grady of Chilmark Chocolates took place. Those two are some tricky. I needn’t ask: chocolate just magically appears. Big thanks to this year’s costume parade judges: Margaret Maida, Dana Nunes, Linda Coutinho, and Jeremy Bradshaw. These four had their work cut out for them as some of the most creative costumes strolled the floors of the CCC. We had some scary witches including Emily Boyd with her green face. Miss Linden MacLeod was a flower fairy. Clara and Zeb Athearn were bats. Noah Glasgow was a ghoulish doctor.

The prize-winners this year were selected after much debate. They are as follows:

best animal, Tyler Shipway; best homemade costume, Lathrop Keene the blue and white bird; best princess, Imogen Taylor in a handmade costume created by her mother, Kerry; funniest, Kestutis Biskis; best witch, Cali Giglio; most eco-friendly, Charlotte and Will Bologna; most Halloweeny, Tegan Fenner; most original, Freya and Hailey Mayhew the adorable hot air balloons; scariest, Hunter Broderick; and best in show went to Oona Carroll. Oona was decked out in a handmade Angler Fish costume. She managed to wear it for the duration of the party but then had to toss it to the wayside (aka mom and dad) due to the near heat exhaustion happening inside it. I chuckled when Oona the fish and Kestutis the scuba diver were checking out one another’s costumes. It seemed quite fitting to have the two of them standing together.

Mimi Davisson, Vice-Chair of the Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard, shares that

Martha Coakley, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor, will be a guest at the Saturday, November 9, meeting of the MVDems. The meeting will be at Howes House from 9 to 10:30 am. This will be a forum for voters to hear Ms. Coakley’s responses to questions from the audience. All are welcome to attend. For more information, email

Today is the perfect time for everyone to look through their children’s clothes and pull together a bag of gently used items — free of holes and stains — for the Annual Chilmark School PTO Fall Clothing Swap. Winter duds are in high demand with the recent chill in the air. Jackets, snow gear, boots, pants, sweaters, shirts — all are greatly appreciated. The swap is Saturday, November 9, in the front of West Tisbury School from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, during the last rounds of MV Youth Soccer games for the fall. Children’s clothing can be brought to the Chilmark School anytime tomorrow (Friday) or simply stop by the swap Saturday and drop off clothes while your kids shop for some new apparel. Please stop by and shop even if you have nothing to contribute. There’s bound to be some great finds to add to your child’s wardrobe. Any leftover clothing will be donated to the Stone church or the Red Cross.