The scarecrows are back!
Trav and I met several on our walk to the post office the other day. He had a greeting for every single one. Well, OK, I’m not sure if it was a greeting or a challenge to do battle, but whatever it was, Trav was intrigued.
The scarecrows are a fundraiser for the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School, which is just a bit up the road. Now in its 14th year, the Scarecrow Festival was the brainchild of Gwen Natusch. Paul Karasik has been Scarecrow Overlord for the last eight years. (And you thought he was just a artist, cartoonist, writer, and teacher??)
Anyone can make a scarecrow. Businesses then donate $100 for the honor of hosting one. The Scarecrow Overlord and his councilors then match hosts with scarecrows. This year there are a record-breaking 80+ scarecrows, and you can find them in every town but Aquinnah. (To plan your scarecrow tour, check out the Charter School’s website.)
This year’s theme is music. First up on Trav’s and my mini-tour was Miles Davis.
Next was Tea Lane Associates, where Devil Lady and Li’l Devil leaned against the signposts as if they’d been waiting for us to show up. That looks like a ukulele in the little guy’s hand, but s/he didn’t play for us as we passed by.
Devil Lady reminded me a bit of Morticia Addams. I wonder if they’re related.
At the M.V. Savings Bank we encountered a different breed of scarecrow. Trav tried to engage Tazcula in a duel, or maybe it was a duet he was after. Tazcula glared back, unimpressed, which only spurred Trav to greater effort.
The witch at Vineyard Gardens strums her broom when she’s not flying on it. Trav was fascinated. First he sang along. Then he tried to filch the witch’s glove. “Not a good idea,” I said. “The witch might turn you into a chihuahua.”
Trav wanted to know what a chihuahua was. “They are very small,” I said, “and they cannot woo.” Trav gave up on the glove. I gave him a cookie.
Last scarecrow on our mini-tour was Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, outside the supermarket. Another dog was tethered to the nearby bike rack, so Trav didn’t get to pose with Lucy. Maybe another time, or maybe another scarecrow. We spotted the Cat in the Hat outside Edu Comp in Vineyard Haven, and there are at least 75 more we haven’t visited yet.