JOHN S. ALLEY
Last Saturday and Sunday we received about an inch of rain and it raised havoc with outside events. People were able to work around it and perform a lot of outside chores and home improvements. September is slipping by. The official beginning of the fall season begins on Monday. The end of the shoulder season of transit service will cease on Oct. 13 and then we begin the winter schedule. The fall foliage should be spectacular as we have had a very green season. The Derby is in full swing and the fish appear to be plentiful. At this time of the year Joe Howes would remind people of an old saying that has proved to be quite true. “You can tell what the coming winter will be like by how large the area of black is on the first white caterpillar that you see in the fall.”
Last Saturday was a day for weddings around the Island and perhaps the largest was held at Quenames Farm. Bill and Gina Solon, who were married last year in a private ceremony, wanted to hold a party so all of their friends and neighbors could have the opportunity to share their joy. More than 250 people attended the ceremony and reception. Bea Whiting read a poem written by her great-grandmother Emma Whiting, Aretha sang, and many stories were told. Dan Bryant coordinated the fireworks display that capped off a wonderful evening.
Noah and Susan Block, of New York city, visited the Alley family over the weekend. They purpose of the trip was to make a firsthand inspection of the Frank Adams house on Music street that is being extensively remodeled and visit friends. They were pleased with the progress that has been made so far and plan to return in the near future.
Noah’s brother Adam, of Reston, Va., has been in town for the last few days preparing his house for rental that started on Tuesday. The summer tenants that occupied the place departed last Wednesday.
Simi Horwitz, of New York city, visited friends in town on a brief vacation from her duties this week. She stayed with her cousin Naomi and her husband Andy. Simi has vacationed here many times over the last several years. She is a features writer for the Backstage newspaper and returns home tomorrow.
Kristen Buck, of Panhandle Road, is busy preparing for her upcoming wedding to Brian Smith on Oct. 10. Kristen has lived in town for several years and has made many friends. Congratulations!
Jill Carlton and her husband Pete Karman, of New Haven, Conn., will arrive today to vacation at her home on State Road. Jill will harvest her final crop of vegetables from the garden. Pete will begin to put the outside furniture away for another year.
Peter Luskin, of Damascus, Syria, was home for nine days visiting his father, Bob, of Edgartown Road. Peter has been studying Arabic translation and took a vacation during Ramadan. He returned to Syria on Wednesday.
The firemen held their annual picnic at Flat Point Farm last Sunday afternoon. The weather wasn’t ideal but they avoided any rain and the firemen, their wives, children and assorted guests that attended the affair had a wonderful time. The children enjoyed flying kites and riding on the fire truck.
Acting chair Chris Dreyer reports that the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council will hold a grant workshop tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Howes House. Any person interested in applying for a grant from the council is welcome to attend. Both individuals and organizations may apply. Grant applications are available at all town halls and online at their Web site. They are due by Oct. 15. If there are questions you can call 508-645-9671.
Next Saturday over at the agricultural hall it will be busy. The Living Local Harvest Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Workshops, exhibits, pumpkin carving, cider pressing, bike parade and farmers market are just some of the events. Also the Cape Light Compact announces that Vineyard customers can participate in the first Vineyard Light Bulb turn-in event and receive rebates toward Energy Star qualified light bulbs until 3 p.m. At 6 p.m. a community potluck supper will take place with local musicians playing afterwards. George Hartman reports that the 21st annual Antique Power Show will be happening at the same time. He is organizing it again this year and asks all exhibitors to plan to set up between 9 and 10 a.m. on Saturday or late Friday afternoon. He will be there on Friday after 4 p.m. to set up the grounds. Any help is welcome. If you have any questions, please call him at 508-693-6039. George, the master of steam engines, will have a display that will mostly include early automotive engines from the mid 1890s thru 1903. He is planning to run his 1903 Locomobile car engine on live steam during the show plus display his recently purchased 1902 reproduction of a Nash Rambler one of only four still in existence. George spends countless hours working on steam engines and may have something newly restored in time for the show.
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will be holding a disposal day for old electrical appliances next Saturday at their headquarters on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road. Call them for details.
Happy birthday to: Eleanor Stanwood, Sara Alwardt and Marcy Holmes today, Marilyn Hollinshead, Tony Rezendes, Jr. and Allan McDowell tomorrow, Judy and Larry Schubert, Amanda Dickinson and Robert Wittig on Sunday, Carole Kimberly, Nancy Strecker, Angela Scarborough and Kathy Lobb on Monday, Granville White, Terre Young and Sean Conley on Tuesday, Lydia Olsen, Brandie Lewis and Galvin Franklin on Wednesday, Cynthia Wayman, Manny Estrella and Cheryl Metell on Thursday. Belated birthday wishes to Kim Klaren.
Well, that is all of the social news for this week’s column. If you have any news please call or e-mail me. Have a great week.