The weather last weekend was seasonable and with the rapidly falling leaves, time change, cooler temperatures and lowering the storm windows, we are slowly falling into the grasp of winter. We had over an inch of rain last Thursday — not much seeing that we had the third driest October on record. We were the recipient of a blast of cold weather and a bit of snow on Tuesday.

Alan Healy repositioned his herd of sheep into the square field late last month and has been moving them in the area. They have responded by neatly mowing the field. As you may have noticed, the deer have been moving around lately, primarily due to the hunting season. You are apt to see them in the strangest places or crossing the road. Archery season for deer is in progress.

Linda Alley reports that the Farmers’ Market will offer its indoor market at the Agricultural Hall tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Veggies galore will be sold by many local farmers including Ghost Island Farm with Rusty Gordon. Other vendors on hand from here are New Lane Sundries, Cleveland Farm, Seastone Papers and Flat Point Farm. Now is the time to put in your Thanksgiving orders.

Beth Kramer over at the library reports that her husband Douglas (Beth’s Bakery) will not be able to attend this weekend’s market. His mother, Charlotte, is not feeling well and they went to New Hampshire to be with her. He plans to be at the market next week.

Old friend Maybelle Madowski died at the age of 93, probably one of the oldest people in town. Condolences to her family. She will be buried Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Lambert’s Cove Cemetery.

Phyllis Meras of Music street returned home recently after a business trip to Mississippi. Sal Laterra arrived on Friday to spend some time with her.

Anna and I went up to East Taunton to babysit our grandson Robbie last weekend so his parents could celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary in New Hampshire. We all had a swell time and of course we shopped until we dropped on the way home.

Ed and Jane Konicki of Webster paid a surprise visit to the Vineyard last Saturday. They got to visit some old friends and Jane reports they had a good time.

Paul Karasik, the famous cartoonist, was mentioned in last week’s The New Yorker magazine. He was a part of a panel discussion in New York city that marked the 20th anniversary of the graphic novel adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass.

Warren and Marilyn Hollinshead have been traveling recently. In early October, to celebrate their daughter Ellen’s 50th birthday, they took all the family for a weekend at Rudyard Kipling’s house, which he built in the 1890s just west of Brattleboro, Vt. That’s where he wrote some of his most famous novels like The Jungle Book. Then they made a trip up the Danube River stopping at Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Salzburg and then Prague, Dresden and Berlin, where Marilyn was a student in the 1950s. They are back in town and plan to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday here with family.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is accepting donations of unwanted jewelry to be sold as holiday gifts during Christmas in Edgartown.

The museum will be hosting a community forum on Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the First Congregational Church to share ideas and discuss plans for the former marine hospital building.

On Saturday night, Nov. 11, 1950 the Norman Benson family in Lambert’s Cove thought they heard the familiar though far out-of-season music of pinkletinks. For generations it has been an accepted tradition that they announce the arrival of spring with their piping. Well, the Benson’s granddaughter, Margaret Duquette, succeeded in capturing two of them, which were put in a globe in the kitchen and continued to announce that spring had arrived. Various people asked about the pinkletinks said that never before had they known of the peepers appearing during the fall of the year.

Happy birthday to Antonio Saccoccia, Robin Nagle, Alison Thompson and Jacob Oliver today; Joyce Brigish, Carol Hall Marchant, Richard Dumas, Paul Adler, Jane Finnerty and Carolyn Schmidtke tomorrow; Jim Coyne, Chloe Maley, Chelsea McCarthy, Nicholas Hallbisback and Oakly Smith on Sunday; Rusty Hitchings, Jennifer Reekie, Samantha Chaves, Terry Mello and Carol Clark on Monday; Mary Austin, Kevin Segel, Matthew Flanders and Neidra Salzman on Tuesday; Craig Dripps, David Sauter, Sam Hopkins and Tom Bartosiewicz on Wednesday and Bernice Kirby, Danny Metell, Caleb Gray, Dorothy Post and Stephanie Russell on Thursday. Belated birthday wishes to Diane Smith, Rosemary Jackson, Teresa Nelson and Bob Gothard.

Well, that is all of the social news for this week’s column. If you have any news, email me at