Friday, Oct. 10: Sunny and warm. Lawnmowers sing out in downtown Edgartown. Yellow bittersweet leaves decorate tall trees on Clevelandtown Road. Red poison ivy leaves decorate the edge of a path.
Saturday, Oct. 11: Sunny and summerlike. Large gaff-rigged sailboats speed out of Vineyard Haven harbor for a day of sailing. Downtown Vineyard Haven is bustling with activity. A small crowd gathers outside of Bunch of Grapes Bookstore to view the work done thus far. The colors of autumn decorate the treetops along Middle Road in Chilmark. Long shadows cross over cows grazing in a field.
Sunday, Oct. 12: A chilly morning. Temperature rises quickly with the increasing height of the late morning sun. Shellfishermen in search of quahaugs walk slowly along the shallow flats of Sengekontacket Pond. The waves of Nantucket Sound can be heard in the distance. A light shifting afternoon breeze. Choppy water off Edgartown Lighthouse. Recreational fishing boats enter Edgartown harbor and return to dock in the late afternoon under clear deep blue skies.
Monday, Oct. 13: Columbus Day. Bright and sunny. Temperature in the 70s. Sunbathers in shirtsleeves and shorts sit in a backyard under fast moving sparrows. Pumpkins lit by sunlight are aglow at the Morning Glory Farm stand in Edgartown. Shoppers rush in and outside of the country store.
Tuesday, Oct. 14: Thick dew on the car windshield. Near calm in Edgartown harbor. Derby fishermen sip coffee in the parking lot, outside at derby headquarters. High flying cirrus clouds overhead. The day is sunny and warm. Clouds increase in the afternoon. A bright Hunter Moon rises over Chappaquiddick after sunset.
Wednesday, Oct. 15: Early morning swimmers at Oak Bluffs Beach are greeted by a bright sun rising over Nantucket Sound. Steelworkers place the last steel beam at the new Martha’s Vineyard Hospital under changing mackerel gray skies. Clouds increase in the afternoon. Damp. Overcast in the late afternoon with a hint of crimson sunlight.
Thursday, Oct. 16: Day dawns overcast and gray with streaks of pink in the eastern sky. Cool temperatures. There is a chance of showers in the afternoon. Weekend forecast calls for sunny, cool weather.