The leaves might be falling, but wow is it beautiful out. With all these sunny days and mild temperatures, it's hard to believe the holiday season is nearly upon us. Who can think of holiday shopping when it feels like September out there? Well, I spent Saturday up in New Hampshire at the outlets, and lest we forget, we always have the world of retail to remind us what is up — they were already blaring Christmas music. I mean, let's get that turkey eaten first, shall we?
Amy and Doug Heil welcomed son Demyen Vincent Heil to the world November 9 at 11:40 am. I'm sure we'll see this one tooling around Edgartown Harbor in a 420 just as soon as he gets the whole walking thing down. Congratulations, Heils.
The M.V. Boys & Girls Club will host their annual Casino Night fundraiser at the Edgartown Yacht Club, Friday, November 18, at 7:30 pm. The fun will feature blackjack, craps, roulette, a money wheel, a raffle, Matt Millman's award-winning chili, and live music. So head on down and get your gamble on for the kids. For further info, call 508-627-3303.
Felix Neck invites you to celebrate fall with friends and family at their 32nd annual Fall Festival next Friday, November 25, from 11 am to 3 pm (rain date, November 26). This year will feature special guest Jeff DeRosa of the Mt. Washington Observatory. Jeff will be generating lightning with a Vandegraaff generator and sharing information about weather on the summit of Mt. Washington. In addition, Marla Isaac of New England Reptile and Raptor will bring her live birds of prey, giving guests the opportunity to get up-close and personal with a raptor. Traditional festival activities include face painting, squash bowling, crafts, hayrides, wreath making, and more. So head on up for lunch, enjoy music by the Flying Elbows, and explore the trails at Felix Neck. For info, call 508-627-4850.
Seniors: don't forget to sign up for the Anchors trip to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, which will take place Wednesday, January 11. The trip will include a self-guided tour of the MFA collections and current exhibit "Degas and the Nude." Space is limited and must be reserved by Wednesday, December 15. Call 508-627-4368 for more info.
Adult and Community Education of MV (ACE MV) will hold its second annual Cultural Festival benefit to celebrate Island diversity and culture on November 19 from 5 to 9 pm at the MVRHS. The evening will feature film, food, dance, music, crafts, and more, representing cultures from around the world, particularly of different nationalities and community groups represented on the Island. The silent auction will offer amazing treasures to complete your gift list for the holiday season and encourage wonderful indulgences. For further information and to purchase tickets, visit www.acemv.org.
Birthday wishes go out to Audrey McCarron, who celebrates her 12th birthday on November 17, and to older brother, Greg, who turns 14 on November 20.
Happy happy day to Jennifer Klein (nee Rankow) who celebrates Friday, November 18; to my beach buddy, Susan Murray, who's up for some fun Saturday, November 19; and to Shaun Fitzpatrick, who celebrates Monday, November 21.