First, please notice my new e-mail address — Meganislandmegan@comcast.net. The Verizon address will no longer work, so if you have news items, either call me or email to the new address.
The saga of the lack of acorns this year goes on and on. On Wednesday last the Boston Globe had a large news item regarding this topic. It also reported that this is happening all over the state and the possible consequences of a "no-acorn season."
Because The Times office will be closed for Thanksgiving, my deadline for today's column was last Friday noon, so I apologize to anyone whose items did not reach me in time to make the Thanksgiving issue.
The Peacecraft Holiday Benefit Sale will be holding its 15th annual sale starting the day after Thanksgiving. Its new location is near the harbor across from the Black Dog Tavern at 13 Beach Road Extension, Vineyard Haven. The crafts and gifts are from Haiti and other third world countries and 100 percent of the proceeds benefits the artisans. Peacecraft will be open 12 noon to 5 pm daily through Christmas Eve day. For more information, go to www.fishfarmhaiti.org. To volunteer this season, call Meg at 508-687-9709.
The Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging will be holding their Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 23, from 9 am to 2 pm at the Senior Center. You will find many traditional craft items and holiday greens for sale. While shopping you can also enjoy a bite to eat from the soup and sandwich table. A small Christmas tree, to which you may clip money donations, will benefit the Red Stocking Fund.
News reached us this week of the death of Peter Regan Jr. Our sincerest condolences to his family. Peter's family lived a few doors down from us when our children were growing up and Peter was one of the many children who were involved in the neighborhood games and in and out of each other's houses. We are so very sorry.
We send birthday smiles to Gina deBettencourt on the 23rd, Talia Luening and Pam Herman on the 24th, two great teachers, Deb Brown and Priscilla Sylvia, on November 25, Nora Jardin and Bill Anderson Jr. the next day, Lauren Metell and Keilla Geddis on the 27th, and Yvonne Ponte, Cayla Morris, and Roxann Klein on November 28.
Thanksgiving tomorrow brings wishes of contentment and peace to everyone. The following poem by Ivy O. Eastwick is one of my favorites and is quite appropriate for this time of year.
Thank you for all my hands can hold, apples red and melons gold,
Yellow corn both ripe and sweet, peas and beans so good to eat!
Thank you for all my eyes can see, lovely sunlight, field and tree,
White cloud boats in sea deep sky, soaring bird and butterfly.
Thank you for all my ears can hear, birds' song echoing far and near,
Songs of little streams, big sea, cricket, bullfrog, duck and bee!
Thank you and peace to all.