We got through spooky season very well with our parade downtown, the annual scarecrows made by the students at our Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter schools and the tradition of William street being car free and loaded with candy. The spooky season for me now is the cold.

The Barn Raisers Ball at the new Ag Hall last weekend was a big success. Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish played for the crowd. The desserts were beyond compare.

Veterans Day — Nov. 11 — is very important to me. It will be commemorated this Saturday. The SSA will give veterans free passenger fare on the ferry in both directions all day.

After you attend your town functions in honor of our vets, hustle down to 238 Main street in Vineyard Haven: our Unitarian Universalist Society is hosting a gathering of music and community. Jeremy Berlin and Delanie Pickering will play the music from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The cost is $20 at the door.

Then on Sunday, the Edgartown police department is hosting the Veterans Day 5K run/walk to support our Veterans Outreach Center run by Community Services. This annual run is held in memory of our dear Bill Stafursky. It begins and ends at Katama Kitchen near the airfield. It is a no-frills run: no water stops, no T-shirts, no timing. It begins at 8 a.m. A donation of 10 dollars is suggested.

Also on Sunday, the West Tisbury Public Library will host a concert of live jazz music at 2:30 p.m. The Lucas Ostinato Trio will serenade you with — get this — American and Brazilian music with a Lithuanian nuance. There will be different instruments and many surprises.

Speaking of music: Roberta Kirn is still inviting community members to rehearsals for the annual community chorus. This year the performance will take place on Dec. 17 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School. No experience necessary. More information is at robertabewellsings.com.

My dear friend Sheila Terranova Beasley boarded a bus last weekend for the peace march in Washington, D.C. I thank her for representing us. She met some great people.

The next meeting of the Women’s Club of Martha’s Vineyard will be held Sunday, Nov. 12 at noon at St. Andrew’s Church in Edgartown. Bring a bag lunch. New members are welcome. Our club was founded on-Island in 1898 with a focus on social, literary, civic and philanthropic pursuits. I’ll see you there.

Kate Feiffer’s new book, Morning Pages, is out now. It is her first novel for adults. I just adore this woman and her work. Pick up a copy.

The birthday bandwagon pulled along Mary Afton Crandall on Nov. 7. Oh to be 17 again! And on Nov. 8, Kara Best takes the cake. Many happy returns.