Pumpkins and scarecrows, cornstalks and hay bales; West Tisbury is decorated for Halloween. The Martha’s Vineyard Charter School students have designed “literary scarecrows” that appeared around town last week. Shaun the Sheep, the Wicked Witch, Snoopy, the Hungry Caterpillar, Mulgarath, the Raven, Totoro, the Demon, a Lost Boy, John, and Freddy Kruger are all waiting to surprise you, scare you, or amuse you as you travel around town.
There are lots of Halloween parties and events planned, too. The West Tisbury library party is Saturday from 3:30 to 5, with hayrides, treats, special crafts, and everyone dressed up in their most imaginative costumes. The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse party, also on Saturday, is from 6 to 8 pm. Felix Neck planned their event for the night before, a self-guided walk through the preserve to find and observe “Creatures of the Night,” from 5 to 7 pm. Their hayride starts at 5:15. Bring your pumpkins to decorate and make animal masks to wear for Halloween. There is a $6 fee for members, $9 for nonmembers. Children under 3 are free.
Chilmark Chocolates opens just in time to buy your treats, this Thursday through Sunday, 11:30 to 4:30.
Don’t forget that hunting season has begun. Mike brought home orange vests for Talley and Nanuk to wear on our walks. We have since seen several dogs similarly garbed, all looking quite jaunty in their vests and, most important, very visible.
This Friday, Oct. 30, there will be a concert at the West Tisbury library, “The Drama of Live Opera,” at 7:30 pm. Arias and duets from operas both classical and modern will be sung by soprano Bethany Worrell and baritone Vincent Turregano. They will be accompanied by Diane Katzenberg Braun. All are welcome to attend this free concert.
Sunday afternoon, Nov. 1, at 1 o’clock, Debby Ware will teach adult and teen knitters how to knit all sorts of imaginative holiday decorations — miniature sweaters and mittens, pears, and more, to hang on your tree or to give as gifts. Or just to enjoy learning how to do. Please preregister at the library by Oct. 31. Size 4 or 5 straight or round needles are all you need to bring. There is a $22 fee for all other materials. You can see some of Debby’s creations on her website, debbyware.com, or look through one of her books at the library.
Brigitte Cornand is the library’s artist of the month of November. Her exhibition is “See You at the Dumptique,” a series of photographs taken at the West Tisbury Dumptique between May 2013 and May 2014. (MVTimes story about Briggitte in Paris: mvtimes.com/2014/12/03/dumptique-chic-makes-splash-paris/.)
Dr. Jay Segal recently spent some time at New York College of Podiatric Medicine, teaching a course on computer-aided gait analysis and diabetic foot care, a continuing education program for podiatrists. Jay has been an active researcher and writer for some time, in addition to running his podiatric practice in West Tisbury. He presented his newest research data from research done here. His research partner, biomedical engineer Sally Crawford, and physical therapist Susan Sanford accompanied him for his first class. He will be teaching again in December, a class for juniors in the medical school, dealing with solutions for walking disorders and computer-aided gait analysis.
I was surprised to find in my inbox an email with the heading “Jaws interview with Janice Hull.” I didn’t know Clarke W. Smith at the time, but we have been corresponding back and forth the past couple of weeks. He shot a series of interviews on the Island 15 years ago, lots of people who had been involved with the making of “Jaws.” Although he hadn’t done anything with the footage at the time, he decided to look at the tapes again as the 40th anniversary of “Jaws” neared. It became a wonderful program of footage from the movie and reminiscences by so many familiar people. Many, like Janice, have since died. It can be viewed at timeaxismedia.com/jaws25. Lots of images and stories. Ginny Poole, Carol Feiner, Barbara Nevin, Bob Carroll, Craig Kingsbury. Clarke said parts of his interviews are included as a trailer on the Blu-ray edition DVD of “Jaws.”
I’m forgetting that many readers may not know that Janice Hull was my husband’s aunt. She lived in the little Cape across from the firehouse, just up a path through the woods from our house. That path was well-traveled from both directions when Janice was still alive. Just writing this brings back so many happy memories, so you can imagine what a wonderful gift it was to see her sitting in her dining room, telling stories about her friend, Shari Rhodes, who we had all heard about over the years, about her husband, Mike’s Uncle Dan Hull, who suggested her for the job of assisting Shari, anecdotes about things that happened during the shooting of the movie, people involved. It was a project and a time she greatly enjoyed. Hearing her voice and seeing her face. It truly was a special gift, now much treasured. I am so grateful to Clarke for sending it to me.