Edgartown: Dementia, Granger Things, Ponies and Pumpkins, Bread Art, and haunted house

—MV Times

Saturday weather was certainly not the best this weekend. Driving home last night, there were so many branches, leaves, and pine needles on the road! It looked like fall. Is that how it got the name? Anyway, this morning has dawned bright and beautiful, with the sun shining and the birds singing. It’s lovely.

My sister Pam and her daughter, Evie, ventured down for an impromptu long weekend visit. We don’t have any big plans, but it’s always nice to spend time with family. No one knows us better, right?

Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Mary Morano on Oct. 21, Evelyn Vertefeuille and my dear cousin, Jennifer Corwin Van Gelder, on Oct. 26, and John Robert Hill on Oct. 27.

There is a Dementia Caregiver Zoom Support Group on Fridays from 10 to 11:15 am. It is described in the “Things to Do” section of The Times as “a virtual weekly group meeting that offers coping strategies, memory screenings, counseling, referrals, information, and education. Please contact lesliec@mvcenter4living.org, or call 508-939-9440, for a Zoom invite or more information.” What a great idea to have such an important support group over Zoom.

Looking for Halloween fun? Circuit Arts has teamed up with Abby Bender and Built on Stilts to present Immersive theater and dance for Halloween: “Granger Things.” This is a family-friendly event, and will be at the Grange Hall. The October dates are sold out, but at the time of writing, tickets were still available for Nov. 2 and 3, with shows at 6:30 and 8:30 pm. The show is free, with a goodwill offering welcome. Tickets can be purchased on the website at circuitarts.org.

Saturday, Oct. 28, is another Beach Befrienders Beach Cleanup, this time at Eastville Beach. Supplies will be there. You just need to show up to help between 8 and 9 am. It’s a great and easy way to help clean up the environment.

Ponies and Pumpkins returns to Misty Meadows Equine Learning Center from 10 am to noon. Meet the herd, decorate a pumpkin, and join in games and fun. The event is free, though donations are welcome.

Everyone is so clever in the spirit of the season. The FARM Institute is offering “Boo-caccia: Halloween Bread Art,” with Vineyard Baker on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 am to noon. Kids 5 and up are welcome with an adult. Participants will learn to make focaccia from start to finish, including decoration. The cost is $24 per member pair, and $30 per nonmember pair. Each child/adult pair will bring home a loaf of bread.

Long Point Wildlife Refuge is offering a “Halloween Full Moon Wonder: Hike and Bonfire” on Oct. 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The hike is approximately 1 mile over soft sand and packed dirt. Then you can enjoy a bonfire with s’mores and popcorn under the moonlight. The hike is suitable for ages 6 and up, and water, headlamps, and bug spray are recommended. And costumes are encouraged! Meet at the gatehouse at the Long Point Wildlife Refuge’s winter entrance. Email cdrogin@thetrustees.org with questions.

Everyone is getting in on the Halloween fun this year. The Strand Theater is offering up “Frankenstein” with Boris Karloff on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7 pm. Always good to have a classic scary movie.

Edgartown’s Happy Haunting tradition continues in town on Oct. 29, from 10 am to 1 pm. Get those little ones dressed up to trick-or-treat around the downtown businesses.

M.V. Screenprinting is once again hosting its haunted house on Monday, Oct. 30, and Tuesday, Oct. 31. From 4 to 6 pm is a kid-friendly event, and from 7 to 10 pm is the real-deal, lights-out, horror. Admission of $5 benefits the Tisbury Fire Department.

The Edgartown library is hosting a Halloween Treat drop-in on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 10 am until 5 pm. Visit the Children’s Room in your Halloween costume, and pick up a treat bag filled with Halloween goodies.

I seem to be in the Halloween spirit this year. Pam, Evie, Amelia, and I even carved pumpkins this afternoon, which was great fun. I don’t remember the last time I did that. It’s been awhile. The sad part is that the squirrels tend to munch on them. Oh well. Squirrels need to eat too, right?

That about does it for now. Have a great week.

If you have any Edgartown Town Column suggestions, email Gail Gardner, ggardnermv@gmail.com.