WE WON! The Red Sox are going to the World Series!
I can't wait to call former West Tisbury friends, Bill and Joan Lamont, great baseball fans and Colorado residents. Bill bought season tickets as soon as the expansion Rockies team was announced, even before the stadium was built. Our Vineyard summers always involved baseball, a game we all loved. We followed the Red Sox, the Cubs and the White Sox of Joan and Bill's childhood, and eventually the Rockies. This is going to be a great World Series. The best will be if the series goes to Game 7, which will be played on my birthday, Nov. 1.
The column seems to be all about sports this week. Wasn't it a great picture of Patrick and Wyatt Jenkinson with their Derby prize in last week's paper? Congratulations guys, to you and everyone who had good fishing and enjoyed the sport.
Brian Athearn sent me wonderful pictures of the beginning of his hunting season. I am always impressed by the diversity of Brian's abilities, especially how he feeds his family by his own hunting and farming efforts.
"Welcome home" to Mike and Paula Black, who have just returned from a trip to China. Reports are that they kept a pretty full agenda and were moving all the time. They especially enjoyed seeing lots of beautiful gardens. Paula will be back at her desk at the library by the time you are reading this, so I'm sure she will share the details to all of our more specific questions.
Vineyard Gardens Harvest Festival will take place at the nursery this Saturday, Oct. 27, from noon to 3 pm. There will be a tour of the nursery, gourd and bulb planting, a plant identifying contest, and a raffle. Refreshments include chili, corn bread, and caramel apples. There will be seasonal decorations and lots to see and learn.
There will be lots of events around town to celebrate Halloween on Oct. 31. Scarecrows based on a literary theme will be on display, entrants in the Charter School's 8th Annual Scarecrow Contest. Nancy Drew, The Cat in the Hat, and Winnie the Pooh are some of the early entrants. Paul Karasik said there were many new businesses supporting the project this year, so expect to see scarecrows in all the Island towns.
Prizes will be awarded at the Ag Hall party on Halloween night. The Bunch of Grapes is providing a $100 gift certificate as first prize.
Parks and Rec is sponsoring their annual party at the Ag Hall for children and families. There will be games, prizes, refreshments, and "a spooky hayride" as well as a chance to see all your friends in their costumes. The party will be from 6 to 8 pm.
Earlier in the day, from 4 to 5:30 pm, the library will host its Halloween party. As always, there will be crafts and snacks. The hayride will be powered by a tractor this year, no horses, but it still sounds like fun. Come in your costumes and plan to have a good time.
The library has looked quite festive this fall. Mike Saulnier of Heather Gardens brought pots of yellow and orange chrysanthemums to brighten the entry. Our new Assistant Librarian, Colleen Morris, has been in charge of decorations. She has been placing something different out every few days, pumpkins, cutout cats, bats and spiders, strings of pumpkin lights, and a ghostly wreath on the front door.
The Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council will meet at the Howes House at 11 am on Nov. 4 to review grant applications for the coming year. Please contact Chris Dreyer with any questions.
Congratulations to the West Tisbury Fire Department's dive team. They successfully completed a diving certification exercise this past weekend.
My condolences to the Jason family on the passing of Leonard Jason Sr.
The sky has been clear blue after the heavy rain at the end of last week. I can't imagine any more perfect day than this one.