Autumn is in the air with the coming of the Living Local Harvest Festival, which starts Friday night at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury.

The two-day event will feature local food including roasted pig, freshly pressed cider, pumpkins (some launched into the air by catapult), events for kids, music by local musicians, storytelling, plus demonstrations on how to live more in sync with our environment.

Sponsored by The Vineyard Energy Project, Island Grown Initiative (IGI), the Vineyard Conservation Society and the Agricultural Society, the festival is designed to motivate community members to become more self sufficient.

The festival opens on Friday night, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a panel hosted by author and storyteller Susan Klein. A group of Vineyard elders will share their memories and stories of hunting, fishing, and farming from the good old days, and how these customs can be carried on today.

Details about the festival will appear in Friday’s Vineyard Gazette.