The news from Vinalhaven
It’s been a gorgeous week, with cotton candy pink sunrises, mornings of silvery stillness on the water, and lots of folks out enjoying the relative warmth of the season. More pumpkins and mums are showing up as decorations all over and the foliage is gorgeous all over the island. Elementary school students from prekindergarten through fifth grades went to Carey’s Farm out on Calderwood’s Neck to pick apples and press cider this week. And the apple picking hasn’t been restricted to school kids either, as I’ve noticed people on the roadsides filling totes and buckets trying to collect some of the fall bounty.
At school preparations are under way for October’s Food Week and Food Day Community Dinner set for Oct. 24 in the school cafeteria. Food Day is “a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food” as stated on the website foodday.org. Last year’s Food Day Community Dinner and movie event drew a large crowd, was organized by students and showcased local foods. Folks are looking forward to another great event this year. Keep an eye out for posters and information around town as the date approaches.
I checked in with Kirk Genatlen about the recent Hawk Watch he led on Lanes Island at the Nature Conservancy land there. His report, “The hawk watch had few hawks, but lots of people, the highlight probably being a Merlin catching and eating dragonflies on the wing.” The group saw sharp-shinned hawks, and eagles as well. If you missed it try to check it out another year. It’s a nice gathering and fun to know you’re part of an event going on all over the east coast this time of year as folks watch for migrating hawks.
In other migrations, the Canada geese have been flying over in v formation, their honking filling the air. And though they are often only going back and forth between Indian Creek and Carver’s Pond or to some other island location, they soon will be on their way further afield. Humans are migrating too as some of the seasonal folks who spend upwards of six months here are now on their way back to their other homes.
What folks are talking about
This week the ARC’s Community Learning Center and Partners in Island Education launched their new Perspectives after school programs and literally stopped traffic with its popularity. With 14 kids and eight adults on one of the days who needed to cross the street to go on their neighborhood gardens scavenger hunt, traffic was stopped up. Thankfully drivers were smiling and waving. The gorgeous weather made for a wonderful experience for kids and volunteers alike and a great start to this new addition to children’s programming.
And of course folks are talking about the divine weather. Sure, it hasn’t rained in a long time, and if you want your plants to survive, it’s taking some watering. But for boating and hiking, and by the looks of the streets, jogging, biking, and day tripping, it’s just perfect. Hopefully you’ve found time to get out and enjoy it.
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