The news from Vinalhaven
Bean suppers are over for the year, the Historical Society Museum closed this week for the season, but the Farmers’ Market and the Creamery are still going and New Era Gallery has a show of Prints, Drawings and Photographs worth checking out. Some maple trees on the North Haven road have turned red, and some fall produce is coming in, but we’ve still had some warm days and late-summer thunder and lightning storms. Our forsythia tree even thinks its spring again with its yellow blooms and I’ve seen a few confused weigelas with clumps of pink blossoms. So hopefully you’re enjoying the season and the weather, whatever it is.
At school, or at least in sports, things have been entertaining lately with the soccer schedule under way. In a yearly tradition the faculty scrimmaged the girls’ varsity soccer team and it was a close game with the faculty winning 3-2. That said, there were some girls who filled in for faculty spaces because not enough faculty members could be rounded up for the game. The faculty team asserts they are undefeated, but that seems to be a subject of debate. To make things even more interesting, two faculty members were injured and unable to complete the game, one of whom turned up the next day with crutches. Soccer Coach Susan Philbrook yelled encouragement to her team from the sidelines after hurting her ankle early in the game. In an unrelated practice, an assistant coach for the girls’ team hurt an ankle and an assistant coach for the boys’ team got hurt and ended up on crutches after a strenuous practice. So, though the students are doing well, the same cannot be said for the adults. When you see the varsity players around town, wish them luck, but if you see the faculty players or coaches around town, be sure to extend your very best to them!
In other school news the annual Coastal Clean-up date is set for Tuesday, Sept. 24, and posters will be up around town soon advertising that fact. Volunteers are always welcome and can contact the school to find out details about joining in the event.
The Water District is continuing its work around the Medical Center and Atlantic Avenue and will soon be moving on to Leo’s Lane and Clam Shell Alley, so if you’re looking for a way to keep toddlers or young kids entertained, that’s the place to be as long as you’re back out of the way. Check out updates on the project on mainewater.com.
What folks are talking about
Lots of folks are talking about when they’re going to the Common Ground Fair which surely makes us similar to many towns across Maine this time of year. The Common Ground Fair is a short jaunt from here. That is, not including the ferry time, as one should never include the ferry time in their travel calculations. I’ve overheard folks arranging carpooling, car borrows, meet-up spots, favorite must-sees, and the like. If you’ve never been, do try to get there. Unless you’re looking for carnival rides, you won’t be disappointed, as there’s so much to see and do. Just enjoying the people-watching is an event in itself, especially when you live in a town where everyone looks familiar, and at the fair only a few do.
In October some things seem to start up again around here after a bit of a September lull. The Community Lunch Box will get going, and the Windfall Festival and Food Week may come our way. The ARC (Arts and Recreation Center) and PIE (Partners in Island Education) are working on plans for weekly afterschool programming for elementary kids which will start in October too. And mark your calendar for the Manger Fund Benefit which will be held at the Union Church Thursday, Oct. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. The benefit will be a potluck dinner and proves that it’s never too early to think Christmas. Thankfully we have about three months till those holiday festivities, and plenty of time to let island life unfold in the meantime.
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