Oak Bluffs

This Saturday is Tivoli Day, so that means that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Many exciting events have been planned to keep everyone busy, including the Methodist Church Pancake Breakfast in the Campground on Friday, Sept. 30, and Jena’s Ring Challenge, which takes place at the Flying Horses this Saturday, Sept.17, at 4:30 pm.

Show your skills and see who will be the champion at catching the most rings in this 1st annual fundraiser to support the Jena Pothier Flying Horses Scholarship Fund. The four divisions are Mini Juniors (up to 8 years old); Juniors (9 to 15); Adult (16 and over); and Professional (any age and you know who you are!).

The entry fee is $10 per player, at the door. The Challenge is sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, with 100 percent of the earnings going toward the scholarship fund for a Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School student, beginning with the class of 2012!

The Living Local Harvest Festival is coming up on September 30 and October 1, featuring Hunting, Fishing, Farming & Gathering: Our Vineyard Elders Reminisce — from 6 to 9 pm at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury on September 30 and October 1.

The Living Local Harvest Festival, which is free, opens with “Storytelling: What was life like on Martha’s Vineyard years ago?” Come join everyone to hear stories from our Island elders on Island traditions, a slower pace, and the way of life we hold dear. Island storyteller Susan Klein moderates discussions with Elisha Smith and Paul Jackson. Coffee and dessert will be served. Presenters are Vineyard Stories, Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society, Vineyard Energy Project, Island Grown Initiative, and the Vineyard Conservation Society.

Due to Hurricane Irene, the Boston String Quartet concert at the Chilmark Community Church is rescheduled for Sunday, October 2, at 4 pm.

I thought members of the Benson family might get a kick out of reading the following email I received from “Todd in the Bay, Yearning from Pensacola,” as he describes himself, who wrote asking if there is a Franklin Benson in our area, or a Norman Benson family? When he was visiting Focus Camp in Lambert’s Cove years ago, he went lobstering with a mighty old salt to whom his brother, Eric Winter, introduced him. He said he has been humbled since, and is still starving for the saltwater in his veins. He thinks they were filming Jaws that summer, but his trip out with Franklin Benson was more monumental to his fishing life.

Maureen and BIll Anderson hosted a dinner party at Giordano’s on Monday night. Guests included long-time friends Jules and Barbara Ben David, Sylvia and Jim Rogers, Megan and Dennis Alley, Wendy Rose, and Sandra and Nelson deBettencourt. Everyone had a great time and many escapades of members of the group were described in great, sometimes exaggerated, detail.

The place to sign up for ACE MV classes is www.acemv.org. Sign up soon for these outstanding fall classes. This fall, thanks to MV Family Center, there will be free childcare on Thursdays if you are registered in a Thursday ACE class (space is limited and you must pre-register).

Also mark your calendars for a Flatbread Pizza benefit for ACE Thursday, Sept. 22, and the annual Cultural festival on November 16.

Due to the increased popularity of shoulder season visits to Martha’s Vineyard, Trinity Episcopal Church in Oak Bluffs, a summer chapel since 1882, will extend its 2011 season two additional weeks, welcoming back the Rev. William B. Heuss on Sunday, Sept. 18, and the Rev. Deborah Warner on Sunday, September 25. Music will be provided for the 9 am Holy Eucharist service by long-time organist Wesley Brown. Weather permitting, refreshments will be offered on the church lawn at the close of the service.

Ed and Linda BenDavid are pleased to announce the birth of their eighth grandchild, Jonathan Douglas BenDavid, who was born on August 24. Older brothers Nathaniel and Evan are very pleased with their new brother. Proud parents Aaron and Deb live in Groveland, Florida.

We send birthday smiles to Rick Kelly on September 16, Patti Moreis and Kathy Burton on the 17th, Michael Combra the next day, Ronnie Klein on the 19th, Corey and Amber Medeiros on September 20, and Ruth Metell on September 21.

Thank you to all the people who organized, planned and participated in the 9/11 remembrance ceremonies throughout the Island. We do appreciate all you have done and continue to do. Stay safe.

Enjoy your week.

Peace.