I realized tonight as I was driving home along State Beach that I’ve been caught up in my own head, and not paying attention lately. Trying to stay on top of my busy schedule without missing anything or messing anything up has me missing the world around me. I came upon the beach and saw lots of cars parked along the way. Then when I got down by the bridge, I saw a large group of people standing on the beach, with a number of smaller groups nearby. At that point I realized I’d seen all those cars and several people since the Bend, and surely that couldn’t all be people fishing. So I looked to my right to take a closer look, and holy cow: the moon. Specifically, it was the Hunter’s Moon, rising just above the water line at that moment. Though I didn’t stop, I did slow at that little dock area in Hart Haven, and looked at the view. My words can’t do it justice, but it was incredibly beautiful, and I remembered what we so often forget. Though living here has its trials, it is truly stunning. I must remember to pay attention, regardless of how busy I am.
Stand with people who commit to a hunger-free world. Join the Martha’s Vineyard CROP Walk on Sunday, Oct. 20. Registration and check-in begin at 1:15 pm at St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven. The walk begins at 2 pm. This year the walk honors Island Grown Initiative, in recognition of its mission to build a regenerative, equitable food system on Martha’s Vineyard. There is still time to register to walk and raise money in support of your participation, or to sponsor walkers. For more information, call Woody Bowman at 508-693-7240.
Don’t forget the Dine to Donate at the Wharf Restaurant on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5 pm until close. A percentage of proceeds for food will benefit the Friends of the Edgartown Free Public Library and their work to support library programs.
Happy anniversary to Jeffrey and Alison Enos, who celebrated on Sunday, Sept. 13.
Happy birthday to Edgartown’s amazing Spanish teacher, Laia Roig, who celebrated on Sept. 13, my cousin, John Goodwin, on Sept. 14, and Paul Bettencourt on Sept. 18.
The Fall Electronics Disposal Day is Saturday, from 9 am until 2 pm. This is a fundraiser to benefit the programs and services of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Recycle your personal or business old and tired air conditioners, cell phones, computers, copiers, dehumidifiers, fax machines, microwaves, monitors, laptops, printers, refrigerators, scanners, stereo equipment, televisions, washers and dryers, and scrap metal. Fees vary between $5 and $40 per item. All proceeds benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services; sponsored by Bruno’s Rolloff.
The 2019 Ladyfest, presented by the Ritz, is Saturday night. This is a night of female-fueled performances on Circuit Avenue, and was a huge success last year. Rock out with musicians, artists, dancers, food, local artisans, and so much more. Ladyfest benefits Connect to End Violence, one of the core programs of M.V. Community Services, which provides a domestic violence program and rape crisis center here on the Vineyard. The outside festival starts at 5 pm on Circuit Ave., and then moves inside the Ritz for a dance party at 10:45 pm. I’ll be working at Sharky’s for the fun-filled festival, so stop by and say hello. For more info visit theritzmv.com. The annual Edgartown School Scholastic Book Fair starts on Oct. 21, and continues through Oct. 25. This is a great opportunity to purchase some books for yourself or for gifts for the upcoming holidays while supporting the school library. I remember the old days when we’d have to order books. We’d get our little order slip and walk around and look at all the books, and choose a few to order and then enjoy the excitement of waiting for them to arrive. It was always one of the best events at school. And I still love it. Only now I get to buy the books on the same day that I admire them. I can’t wait.
Annual PTA Happy Haunting Halloween Party will be on Friday, Oct. 25, from 5:30 until 7 pm in the school gym. Dress up your goblins and head on over for fun and games.
I think that about does it for this week. It sounds like another storm is heading our way, though hopefully not as bad or as long as last week’s. Have a great week.