Tisbury: Halloween has changed a lot

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Heard on Main Street: The goblins’ll get you if you don’t watch out. Enjoy Halloween trick-or-treat at the Vineyard Haven library from 5 to 8 pm. The library will be open that evening, so your family can take a break from trick-or-treating and enjoy cider and candy provided by the Friends of the Library. And it sounds like a smart choice if it’s raining that night.
Halloween has changed a lot over my lifetime. My husband was eight years older. He was always concerned that anything not fastened down should be brought inside that night. I’d never even considered something like that. I’d never heard of kids knocking on doors and running away. I was always more into carving pumpkins and going out for sweet treats that night. The worst thing that ever happened was somebody having to get all the straggling toilet paper out of their tree.
Then when our kids were young, we found it was wise to be sure you knew who was giving out stuff to the youngsters, because some had found dangerous things in their bags. In my youth you just avoided the house with no porch lights on. You also never went to the house of someone you didn’t know. But you didn’t expect them to try to hurt you.
The Tisbury Council on Aging invites you to a luncheon for Tisbury seniors next Thursday, Nov. 7, at 12 noon. You need to sign up for that by tomorrow, Friday, Nov 1. Call 508-696-4205. Hope to see you there.
You may have read Sarah Shepard’s well-researched piece about the history of the Unitarian Church in the M.V. Museum’s publication. On Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2:30 pm she will join with David S. Martin to tell more about how the church was developed, within the history of the Island and in the context of world religions. They have written a new book, “Origins of Unitarian Universalism on Cape Cod and the Islands.” Learn about the Sailors’ Reading Room and Chapel in Vineyard Haven that the Rev. Daniel Waldo Stevens served from 1867 until his death in 1891.
I have a friend who has just published his first book. Actually, he has published two of them. Ilmarinen Vogel shared a lot of different parts of the first book, “Crossing Borders,” with the Oak Bluffs library writing group and at other writing forums on the Island. This novel is the story of a young doctor in WWII, a surgeon on a German hospital train, beginning with the German campaign against Russia in Stalingrad and ending in the siege on the Abbey of Montecassino in northern Italy by the U.S. Marines. It is a personal journey through the struggles of war — and life.
“Point of View” is a book of scenic photographs and a large collection of wonderful poetry from “a dream one stormy night” to “horizons near and far.” Ilmarinen describes this collection as “A Walk Through Nature and My Thoughts.” He also leads a writing group in West Tisbury.
You can give your thanks for all your blessings by supporting the Vineyard Committee on Hunger appeal for the Family to Family dinner. This provides Thanksgiving dinner, turkey with all the trimmings, to needy families on the Island. Last year you all provided holiday dinners for 60 families. Every dime raised by VCOH stays here on Martha’s Vineyard. Write your $25 check to Family to Family, and mail it to P.O. Box 4685, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.
See your neighbors at the Neighborhood Convention on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 11 am. They will gather at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown to hear Deborah Medders speak on “The Year of the Woman.” All are welcome; bring a sandwich, and dessert and drink will be provided.
You are invited to celebrate All Saints Day on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Federated Church in Edgartown. This Sunday service, which begins at 10:30 am, will be the first service with the new pastor, the Rev. Richard S. DenUyl Jr. The event is to remember the saints who have gone before us, including those known and unknown among us. You are invited to bring a framed photo of someone special in your life who has passed away, to be put on a table at the front during the service. Questions? Call 508-627-4421.
Big bunches of birthday balloons go out tomorrow to Ann Davey. Saturday belongs to Phil Wallis. Emma Wajda and Maura Valley will party on Sunday. Happy birthday to Lena Hanschka on Monday. Wish the best on Tuesday to Alice Marshall. Sam Myers will mark his day on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: What is worse than biting a candy bar and seeing a spider? Biting the candy bar and seeing half a spider. Happy Halloween!