It is Monday, Oct. 2, and I am sitting here thinking I usually start this column with a little weather talk, but with the news in the background and the Las Vegas shooting being so fresh in our minds, I find it hard to not start by saying that my thoughts and prayers are with all those involved in this tragedy. Their lives will never be the same.

Now, those of you who keep their butter out on the counter all the time will know what I am talking about when I say the butter was hard this morning. Meaning, that it is the time of year when it is warmer outside than inside, from the cold temperature during the nights and no heat on in the house, because it is not November yet.

No I did not get the birthday list. I think this is the worst I have been. Oh well hope you all had special days.

Merida, my dog/puppy, reminds me at 9 p.m. it is time to go out and then come in for her bedtime snack. She is like clockwork, and tonight is no different. Usually during the day, I play a little ball with her but nighttime is strictly go out do your thing, then back in for cookies. So I open the door, let her out and immediately regret it. I see the familiar black and white tail behind the deck moving towards the fence to the spot it uses comes in and out. Merida heads right for the skunk and in my calm panicked voice I call her name and tonight is my lucky night she actually listened to me and came. Skunk escaped, Merida got an extra cookie. Phew.

Attention MVRHS class of 1967, our 50th reunion will be on Oct. 21 at the Wharf Pub in Edgartown. There will be a cash bar, appetizers and a well varied buffet menu with a price of $55 per person. A DJ to play our favorite songs is included in the festivities. If interested please send a check for the appropriate amount to Dennis daRosa, P.O. Box 581, Oak Bluffs, Ma. 02557 or contact either Debbie Magnuson 508-693-0081 or Dennis daRosa at 508-524-2065 before Oct. 10.

On Friday, September 6th, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum welcomes AIRE MV and their paintings of the old Marine Hospital, the home of the new Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Vineyard Haven, to the Spotlight Gallery in Edgartown. This exhibit will feature seven AIRE MV artists including: June Schoppe, Kanta Lipsky, Marjorie Mason, Lizzie Schule, Gail Rodney, Valentine Estabrook, Janis Langley and Kate Taylor who painted at the Marine Hospital over the course of this past summer. All of the pieces will be for sale with a portion of proceeds donated to the Museum’s ongoing capital campaign project.

Emily Histen of the Martha’s Vineyard Charter School faculty — a certified children’s yoga instructor and the owner of One Love Yoga — will lead a second session of a popular new program here at the library, beginning on Oct. 19 and continuing on subsequent Thursday beginning at 3:45 p.m.

The free yoga classes are for kids 9 to 14 years old. Pre-registration is required to participate — stop by the main desk or call 508-627-4221 for more details. Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.

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