Protection Island is holding its annual ArtWalk on Saturday, December 7, 2013! With 13 stops and many more artists, this is a truly great way to get to know the island and meet friendly islanders. It is also an excellent source of locally made, creative Christmas gifts.
For such a small community, we have a fair number of community events to keep us busy. Some of these, like trivia night at the pub and library time, are regular weekly events. There are always some extra events as well, like last month’s myriad of Halloween themed parties. This month is no exception. Already, there are several fun events open to the public. On November 4th evening, the Protection Island library is proud to sponsor the book launch of “Dancing Hand” written by islander David Essig. On Saturday November 9th, DIGS community garden society is hosting a Buddy Holly night which will include a screening of The Buddy Holly Story followed by a 50s dance, an auction of garlic from the garden, and prized for the best costume. Good old-fashioned community fun! As always, our local (and only) pub will offer several nights of live music. On November 6th, local folk-ish musicians Alex Wickett, Alex Hicks, and Noah Edwards will play. On November 12th, a country set will feature Beth Anderson, Lee Billwiller, and David Braun.
Protection Island is busy right now with lots of Fall and Hallowe’en related events. So far, the community garden has held its annual pumpkin carving event with the Little Diggers kids program, the library sponsored story telling, and the 1st Annual Zombie Walk scared the island. Coming up are some fun gatherings for more pumpkin carving, treats, and costumes at the library and our local haunted house, as well as the big event: Hallowe’en on the island involves a fantastic haunted house, trick or treating with LOTS of booty to be had, and a community bonfire. What fun!
This little island that takes only an hour to walk around has a fantastic fall fair. Very old fashioned with produce & food judging, arts & crafts displayed and for sale, apple juice & ice cream making, and kids’ races like the fun, but sometimes dangerous, 3-legged race. All of this is topped off with a barn dance with live music from talented island musicians. The best part about the event though is the celebration of community and island life. Of course, there is also the pride that comes with winning a ribbon!
This event takes place at Beacon House at the south end of the island. The doors of Beacon House will be open to the general public to view all the entries at 12:00 noon (after the judges have finished evaluating the entries). Also, at noon several island vendors will be selling their wares on the back lawn of the Beacon House along with island library volunteers who are selling books. Kids’ games start at 1:30pm. The dance starts at 7:30pm and has very limited space available due to fire regs; advance tickets are required.