Now the leaves have started their twirling journey down from the trees towards the ground where the wind will move them around at its whim, leaving us here to rake them up and cart them away. In the meantime, enjoy those special fall colors of the remaining leaves on the trees as soon those too will be gone as true winter is approaching.
Since my mention in the last column about the apparent lack of acorns around, I have had a few people mention to me that they could not find any either, even when walking through the woods. So be prepared for hungry squirrels at your bird feeders.
This coming Saturday, November 19, from 10 am to 1 pm, the West Tisbury Farmer's Market will be having their third winter market, and it should be a bountiful one, being the weekend before Thanksgiving. Hot soups and lunch will be prepared and sold by Little Rock Farm along with their homemade pies, muffins, cupcakes, and other bakery items (don't forget to order your Holiday Pies). Frosty Hollow Orchids will be there as will Island Alpaca, Andrea Rogers with her home-grown lavender products, New Moon Magick with their incredible chocolate concoctions, and Whippoorwill Farm with an abundance of winter veggies. This is at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury (not the Grange Hall). The fireplace will be roaring, great to meet up with friends and sit by the fire. Live music will be performed by Kevin Keady and the Cattle Drivers.
Don't forget that Featherstone's 9th Annual Holiday Gift Show will open with a festive Preview Party this Friday, November 18, from 7 to 9 pm in the Virginia Weston Besse Gallery at Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs, off Barnes Road. The Holiday Gift Show will continue daily, from 12 noon to 4 pm, through Sunday, December 18.
On Saturday, November 26, dance your turkey (off) two days after Thanksgiving with your entire household, at the World Dinner and Dance Party with tunes by DJ Di, to benefit Media Voices for Children and the coffee kids. The event will be held at the Chilmark Community Center from 5:30 to 9 pm. All ages are welcome, and tickets will be available for purchase at the door.
This Saturday, November 19, Adult and Community Education of MV (ACE MV) will have its second annual benefit celebrating Island diversity and culture from 5 to 9 pm at MVRHS. The event is supported in part by the Local Arts Lottery Mass Cultural Council, and other generous businesses. Tickets for $15 (children under 12 free) may be purchased online at www.acemv.org, and groups or individuals may reserve a table for $150.
Please save the date of Thursday, December 1, for the second annual Festival of Wreaths. The Federated Church Meetinghouse and Parish House will have on display 75 beautiful hand-decorated wreaths, which are available for silent auction with a starting bid of $45, or for sale for $45. The event runs from 6 to 9 pm. An entry fee to the Parish House for the auction part of the evening is $15, which includes beverages and hors d'oeuvres. Advance reservations are not required. Proceeds from this event will benefit the 1820 Sara Mayhew Parsonage. For more information, call the Church Secretary at 508-627-4421.
Congratulations to the Oak Bluffs School students who celebrated Halloween by participating in Trick or Treat for UNICEF and collected $504.61.
The school will be holding performances of their musical production of "Beauty and The Beast" starting this Friday, November 18 at 7 pm. Additional performances are scheduled for November 18 at 7 pm then Sunday, November 20 at 2 pm.
The Times will be published on Wednesday of Thanksgiving week, so my deadline for news items will be noon on Friday, November 18. I am holding my breath to see if my Internet service actually switches over tomorrow. So please send news items to my new email address of firstname.lastname@example.org. If it gets returned to you, then resend to Verizon.net.
We send birthday smiles to Marion Morton on November 17; Barbara Dugan, Yvonne Ponte, and Cathy Parker on the 18th; and Nathan Averill gets special wishes from his Grammy and Grampy on that day. Jake Ponte celebrates on the 20th, and Susan deBettencourt on November 21.
Enjoy your week.