The 28th Women’s Symposium will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chilmark Community Center. This semi-annual event is free but donations are welcome to help cover expenses. The speakers for this session, Once You Get It, will be Susan Klein, Olive Tomlinson, Andrea Rogers, and yours truly. Following the speakers there will be small group discussions and refreshments will be served. As always, Betty Eddy Lidgerwood will moderate the symposium. Thank you to Helen Parker and her husband, J. B. Riggs Parker, for their grand hospitality on Wednesday afternoon while more than a dozen of us met for a delightful luncheon at their home.

The West Tisbury Farmers’ Market has moved to the Agricultural Hall on Panhandle Road. The first indoor market of the season will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Julianne Vanderhoop will be there with her assortment of breads and baked goods, and of course, Linda Alley will be there with her assortment of jams and jellies which make great gifts for the holidays. Hot lunch will be served during the day.

The first annual Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard harvest potluck dinner will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center. Join in the fun and fellowship for a wonderful harvest dinner with special guests Kristina Hook Leslie, Julianne Vanderhoop and yours truly as we share traditional native dishes with locally-grown food from gardens, farms, the ponds, ocean, and foraged from the wilds of the Vineyard. Dishes will be prepared under the guidance of Kristina. We are anticipating striped bass from Capt. Buddy Vanderhoop, and others have promised oysters, mussels, scallops, and perhaps a duck or a goose. There will be a short film, Foraging in Aquinnah, with Kristina and produced by Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth of Film-Truth Productions. Please bring a dish of local foods that will feed six people. Please bring your own plates, cups, dishes, bowls, and utensils for a carry in/carry out evening. Donations will be greatly appreciated.

Archery season opened on Monday which extends for six weeks. The tribal weigh-in station is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with anticipated extended hours during the shotgun season. Antlerless deer permits are $5 each and may be purchased at the tribal weigh-in station. As of Wednesday afternoon, Aquinnah Ranger Curtis Chandler reported that only two or three had actually been weighed in thus far.

Then there are those of us who participate in the other form of deer hunting, except this deer was hunting for me and ran into the side of the car, fortunately only dislodging the mirror. I was merely shaken from the incident as I was driving through West Tisbury on Tuesday evening but thank you to Deborah Moore and Judith and Frank LoRusso for stopping by to assist.

The 40th annual harvest supper will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5 to 6:45 p.m. at the Stone Church on Church street in Vineyard Haven. There will be a full Thanksgiving dinner. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $7 for children under 12 years of age. For reservations, please call 508-693-1608 or 508-693-4424.

The town of Aquinnah and the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal Youth Program invite the community to a costume dance party and potluck on Friday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Aquinnah town hall. There will be gifts for the children, door prizes, a prize for the best costume, and fun for the entire family. Let’s see if the blond princess in her white gown and work boots and Princess Leia return this year with Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker! And yes, the incredible variety of witches is simply amazing! For further information, please call Christy Moreis at 508-645-9265, extension 137.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum presents Ghosts, Gossip, and Downright Scandal in the Tisbury Village Cemetery at the corner of Center street between William and Franklin. Join Vineyard historian Liz Villard and discover the haunted history of Martha’s Vineyard. Liz will share stories of many of the people buried at the cemetery. Cider and refreshments will follow on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. Reservations are required, please call 508-627-4441, extension 110. Tickets are $8 for members, and $12 for non-members, $6 for children.

The Martha’s Vineyard Neighborhood Convention will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 10:45 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on North Summer street in Edgartown. Worship will be by Rev. Chip Seadale. The program for November will be The Network of Neighbors with Squire Rushnell and Louise DuArt. The October meeting included the Slaves and Religion; the Mystery of the Spirituals with worship by Rev. Robert Henley and spirituals by choir director Jim Thomas. Please remember to bring a bag lunch. Beverages and dessert will be served. The offering received each month is directed to Island charities.

Laurie Henry-Perry, Anita Vanderhoop Keegan, Erick Vanderhoop, Carla Giles Cuch and Gloria Francis Mendez celebrated at their 40th Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School reunion on Oct. 1, gathering with their classmates for dinner on Saturday night and brunch on Sunday at Farm Neck.

Join in the celebration of the life of Albert O. (Ozzie) Fischer Jr. on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Agricultural Hall on Panhandle Road. Share your stories of Ozzie and his truly unique Vineyard life. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck.

Jeffrey Madison enjoyed attending his 45th Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School reunion activities over this past weekend.

Barry and Judith Manning Milavsky attended her 45th Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School reunion over the weekend. There were festivities with dinner, dancing, and gathering at the Portuguese-American Club on Saturday evening. The Class of 1966 then gathered at Farm Neck for brunch on Sunday morning. Barry and Judith then headed to their vacation home in Naples, Fla. for a brief respite.

Happy birthday wishes to Pearl Vercruysse as she celebrates her birthday on Oct. 22. Christopher Belain will party on Oct. 23. Dr. Curtis Langer celebrates on Oct. 24. Isaac Taylor will party on Oct. 25.

A very special happy birthday wish to Gladys A. Widdiss as she celebrates her day on Oct. 26.

Paul Henry Mayhew, Katy Carroll, Patty Rossi, and Amy Rogers will all share the day on Oct. 27. Waylon Sauer will be five years old on Oct. 28.