September has slipped away as quick as you can say Jack Frost and he is waiting just around the corner, though it doesn’t seem like it with this Indian summer weather. Folks are busy harvesting vegetables from their gardens, picking berries for canning and settling into their fall routine as the sun is setting before 7 p.m. A beautiful, nearly full, harvest moon illuminated the community Monday night. Many seasonal visitors have returned or are preparing to return to their winter homes.

Kim Heath of the Parent Teacher Organization reports the big news coming from the school next week. There will be an assembly in the school gym to welcome back principal Michael Halt on Monday at 2 p.m. Mike has just concluded a tour of duty in Iraq. Parents are invited to attend.

Emily Gadd of South Road has returned to her home in Bozeman, Mont., after a hectic summer season at her mother’s home. Emily reports having a bountiful garden this year and she kindly shared her vegetables with her many friends.

The McCarthy/Northcott/Petkus family of Hopps Farm Road have finished a busy late summer schedule while their daughter, Lauren Petkus, visited her paternal grandmother in Florida. Alan Northcott along with partners Ken Rusczyk and Jim Pringle proudly accepted the prize for best booth at the agricultural fair. Cecilia’s father William McCarthy visited from Towson, Md. On his visit north he also traveled to Ogonquit, Me., and Halifax, Nova Scotia, before Cecilia and Alan joined him on his return trip home that included a stop at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md., to watch the Red Sox defeat the Orioles. Adam Petkus has returned to his studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to begin his third year as a theatre major there. All are looking forward to a quiet but productive fall.

Alex Karman of New York city and his significant other Kellyn Leveton of Brooklyn, N.Y., hosted a few friends at a last rose of summer autumnal equinox weekend at his mother’s home. Present were Taya Page, John and Kristen Delia. They enjoyed going to the beach, a cookout, using the vegetables and peppers not harvested by his mother last week and adult beverages.

Nicole Alley, her husband Arsen Hambardzumian and their puppy Sampson of Taunton spent the weekend with her parents, Marti Mariner of Boston also joined them.

Lynne Demond of Natick spent a long weekend with her friend Steve Hart on Old County Road. She plans to be traveling up to Halifax, Nova Scotia, next week on business.

Linda Baughman of Philadelphia, Pa., arrives today to spend three weeks with Phyllis Meras at her Music street home. This will be Linda’s second visit of the year.

Remember that tomorrow the Annual Fall Festival will take place at the agricultural hall. Also, the antique power show starts at noon. George Hartman of Panhandle Road reports that this will be the Antique Power Association’s 20th annual show at the fair grounds. Set-up will start this afternoon at 4 p.m. and on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. on. Volunteers are appreciated. All owners of antique machinery (gas and steam engines, toys, cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors and machinery rusty or otherwise) are invited. For more information, call George at 508-693-6039. George, the guru of steam engines, will have his rare 1903 Locomobile steam engine on display and working and a number of other steam engines from the same era as well. There will be a wide variety of agricultural events at the harvest festival capped by a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. and dancing till 10 p.m.

Patty Kuehn and Dave Fitzpatrick of State Road and many others have just about transformed the exterior of the old Campbell House across from the Mobil gas station. They have completely restored the barn, added an addition to the house, a new front porch, exterior painting, fireplace, and done a large amount of landscaping including a stone wall and driveway. It has been beautifully done and blends into the community. Congratulations.

Stephanie W. Dreyer over at the school library media center reports that she will be hosting their annual fall book fair, sponsored by Scholastic during the school week of Oct. 1 through 5. On Thursday, Oct. 4 the evening hours are 6 to 8 p.m. and she hopes to see many community members browsing and shopping.

Bill Haynes reports that the Volunteer Firefighters Association fund-raising dinner will be held at Deon’s Restaurant in North Tisbury on Wednesday, Oct. 3. There will be two seatings at 5 and 8 p.m. A three-course meal will be offered at $25 per person. For menu information and reservations, please call 508-696-0090. All of the money they collect will help fund scholarships as well as Thanksgiving baskets for the elderly and sick or injured firefighters. He hopes you will attend and show your support for the firemen and enjoy the dinner.

On Monday, Oct. 1, 1946 The Grange observed Booster Night with a special meeting in the agricultural hall. About 75 people, Grangers and members of the public attended the affair. Slides accompanied by a narration were shown by Miss Hope Gray, a dramatic program was presented by the lecturer, Miss Helen O’Donnell, and a cake baked by Maude Call was won by Elizabeth Manter. Dancing was held with music provided by fellow Grangers and refreshments were served by Lillian Magnuson.  

Happy birthday to Natalie Conroy, Nancy Isenberg and Leonard Schoenfeld today; Jane Baker, Frankie Flanders, John Abrams and Jill Bouck tomorrow; Kent Healy, P.J. Kirby Jr., Ed Child and John Scherlis on Sunday; Chris Stein, Linda Izzo and Wesley Look on Monday; Ellen Gaskill, Quinn Retmier and Doug Hakey on Tuesday; Barbara Bennett, Robert Tonti and Christy Phillipps on Wednesday; and Tess Bramhall, Jim Young, Jane Newhall, Zack Post and Kathy Logue on Thursday. Belated birthday greetings to Melissa Thomas.

Well, that is all of the social news for this week’s column. If you have any news, please call or e-mail me. Have a great week.