While I’m feeling most grateful that Hurricane Joaquin didn’t cause us any serious weather problems here on Martha’s Vineyard, I will admit that this cold, rainy weather was certainly bad enough to push our normally busy family back inside, after an amazing run of late summer weather. I am very much a summer girl, and it is by far my favorite season. But fall runs a close second, and I enjoy the cozy feeling of wearing sweaters in the cooler weather, lighting a fire in the wood stove, and cooking and hunkering down with the family. In a new turn, our three kids went down to Morning Glory Farm together today when the weather improved to partake in photo ops with the pumpkins and corn stalks. The pictures they came home with were fantastic, but Don and I found ourselves wondering what happened to the little cherubs who used to be bundled up in onesies in little car seats that we dragged to the farm for the annual pumpkin pictures in years past? They sure grow up fast.
There are lots of fun events coming up at the Edgartown library this month. So that you folks with kids can plan ahead, I thought I’d include them all in this week’s column and then try to remember to put each week’s event in as they are coming up. This Saturday, Oct. 10, from 2 to 4 pm is “Star Wars” Reads Day. Watch the “Star Wars” spoof movie “Hardware Wars” on their big screen, and try drawing and building your own “Star Wars” vehicles with Legos. On Oct. 17 at 3, Go Batty at the Library. Watch the Magic School Bus film “Going Bat-ty,” and make your own bat to take home. Halloween Film Shorts will happen on Oct. 24 at 3 pm. Watch “Monsters vs. Aliens: The Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space” and “Eloise’s Rawther Unusual Halloween.” Popcorn will be served. Finally, celebrate Halloween at the library on Oct. 31, from noon to 2 pm. Make a spooky Halloween craft project, and go trick-or-treating at the library.
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum will be opening a new display, “Made with Clay” on Friday, Oct. 9, from 5 to 7 pm in the Museum Galleries. Admission is free for members, and $8 for nonmembers. The exhibit will be up through March 2016. “Made with Clay” will showcase things from the museum’s collection that are often overlooked or hidden away. The wares of the potter — pitchers, dishes, vases, jugs, cups, and tiles — will be on exhibit, along with photographs and stories of and by their makers. The oldest was made 700 years ago. The newest is only about 35 years old. They range from utilitarian to “just for show.” All have one thing in common: They are made of clay.
Nursery School Naturalists will happen every other Thursday at Felix Neck from 10:30 to 11:30, beginning Oct. 8 and ending Nov. 19. This is a parent and child program, where kids ages 3-5 and their parents are invited to watch fall unfold at the sanctuary through stories, crafts, walks, live animal presentations, and more. The cost is $6 per child for members and $9 per child for nonmembers.
The Mansion House Health Club invites you to experience a special class with the co-creators of Exhale’s highly publicized Core Fusion program. Core Fusion “fuses” barre work with Pilates and yoga as well as basic fitness moves such as pushups and planks, and hand weights for the upper body. Classes are on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 9:30 am and 4:30 pm, and Sunday, Oct. 18, at 10 am. Each class will be unique, challenging, and inspirational. Please preregister at the front desk. Classes are free to members and $18 for nonmembers. For more information, call or visit 508-693-2200 or mvmansionhouse.com.
Morning Glory’s popcorn will be featured at Native Earth Teaching Farm in Chilmark at the annual Popcorn Festival on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 10 to 3. There will be cider provided by the gleaners, cute goats to name, and more. What’s more? It’s free! Call 508-645-3304 for more info.
I’m starting to get comments about the fact that I’m back writing the column again. Thanks to all who have taken a moment to welcome me back! I was asked if a lot of people come up to me to get news in the paper. I said that, on the contrary, my experience was that people would start to talk to me, stop, tell me that what they were about to say was NOT for publication, and then they’d chat with me. We’ll see what happens this time around. I welcome your Edgartown news — birthdays, celebrations, events, and experiences. I try to write the columns by Sunday so I can submit them on time, so the sooner you can get me news, the better. Thanks to all who contacted me this week, and to Linley Dolby, for putting me in touch with so many great new sources.
I saw this wonderful quote from Mother Teresa today and it made me feel great: “Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier!” Have a great week!