And here we are again at Thanksgiving. You will notice many activities in this week's column that will keep you busy and help support so many charitable organizations. So make these events your "Thanks Giving" list.
On November 19 and December 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Adult and Community Education presents a program of Jewish Cooking with Ljuba Davis which is co-sponsored by ACE MV and MV Museum at the Edgartown School. There will be two classes. For info and registration go to www.acemv.org or firstname.lastname@example.org or 774-310-1131. Class size will be limited.
The Oak Bluffs Tree Lighting will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at 6:15 pm in the Post Office Square. After the tree lighting, celebrants will all walk to Dreamland for some holiday cheer. If you have any questions, please call Teri Arias at 508-560-3351. Come and enjoy this traditional ceremony with your friends and family.
The Felix Neck Fall Festival will be celebrated on Friday, November 23. The theme is off-season, on-island, migrate, hibernate, and adapt. With many activities, this festival is always enjoyable and educational.
Don't miss out on this year's Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 pm and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 pm. The performance takes place at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center and you will recognize many Island residents taking part in the production. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketsmv.com.
Here is a gentle reminder for a wonderful giving organization. Hospice of Martha's Vineyard will present Handmade from the Heart again this Christmas season. All local artisans from candlestick makers to bakers are invited to contribute to this holiday fundraiser for Hospice, which is seeking any unique, handmade items, including jewelry, needlepoint, knitted items, paintings, photographs, Christmas ornaments and more. The items will be sold at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown on December 8 from 10 am to 3 pm. All proceeds go directly to patient care which is provided for free. Anyone interested in donating to "Handmade from the Heart" can call the Hospice office 508-693-0189.
The West Tisbury Library's story time program "Mother Goose on The Loose" is alive and well. Nelia and Amy will be reading to children age 0-3 at various locations on the Island and on the following Thursdays at 10:30 am — 11/15, 12/6, 12/20, and 1/3 — story time will be at the Oak Bluffs Library.
Did you fall in love with The Chappy Ferry book? See it come to life in the Museum's latest exhibit opening in the Spotlight Gallery Saturday, Nov. 24. Chappy Ferry author Tom Dunlop has joined the Museum curators to guest curate an exhibition that explores the story of this enigmatic ferry.
The Friends of the O.B. Council on Aging are once again hosting a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 am to 2 pm at the O.B. Senior Center. Call Mike Achille at 508-360-5842 if you are interested in being a vendor at a cost of $25 for a supplied six-foot table. There will be vendors' merchandise, a white elephant table, a baked goods table, holiday greens, a donation tree for Red Stocking, three gift baskets (spa, wine, kitchen) raffle, a 50/50 raffle and a delicious lunch of soup, sandwich, dessert and beverages. Do some holiday shopping at this bazaar and come away happy. The Friends of the O.B. Council on Aging support and enhance programs at the center, and supplement funding for items that cannot be included in the COA's annual budget.
The Chamber Music Society Thanksgiving concert on Saturday, Nov. 24, will highlight a work for violin and piano by Korngold in which he musically interprets Shakespeare's famous comedy "Much Ado About Nothing." Tickets will be sold at the door on the evening of the concert which will be held at the Old Whaling Church. $20 adults; students free. No advance sale of tickets.
How many Island residents and visitors have enjoyed the amazing Christmas Lights display on County Road that is the result of much hard work and dedication by the Gatchell Family for the last 20 years. But perhaps everyone is not aware of the fact they collect for the food pantry. The lights will come on Thanksgiving night at 5:30 pm and be on until 8 pm. These hours will continue until we get closer to Christmas and then the hours will be extended. Bob Gatchell said that last year the food pantry was very grateful for the 1,400 pounds of food they collected. He hopes to do better this year because the lights will be on for the longest time possible.
Media Voices for Children in partnership with the Martha's Vineyard Film Society presents a holiday showing of the documentary film "The Harvest/la Cosecha," stories of the children who pick America's food. The film will be shown on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 4 pm at the Martha's Vineyard Film Center (located at the Tisbury Marketplace). Tickets at the door only.
The Martha's Vineyard Women's Network will be hosting a Networking Night on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Edgartown Meat and Fish Market. This event is free and open to the public: join us as we kick off the holiday season. Market owners Sean and Erin Ready have selected great holiday wines to taste, along with samples from their Starbucks Coffee Bar, and complimentary hors d'ouevres highlighting some great ideas for entertaining here on the Vineyard.
The United Methodist Holiday Fair will be held on December 1, at the parish house in the Oak Bluffs Campground. There will be baked goods, knitted items, gifts, and much more. Then enjoy lunch which includes meatball subs, hotdogs, clam chowder and lovely desserts.
Birthday smiles to Gina deBettencourt on the 23rd, Talia Luening and Pam Herman on the 24th, Deb Brown and Priscilla Sylvia on the 25th, Nora Jardin and Bill Anderson Jr. on the 26th, Lauren Metell and Keilla Geddes on the 27th, and Yvonne Ponte, Cayla Morris, Roxanne Klein and James Vanderhoop on the 28th.
On Wednesday last, I was joined by my children, grandchildren and their partners and my great grandchildren, for a total of 15, at Windemere, where my husband now resides, to partake of the Harvest supper for the residents, their families, and guests. Laughter, love, and sharing echoed through the dining hall. I cannot begin to express how totally devoted the staff and volunteers are, from school age children to mature adults.
So this Thanksgiving, in addition to all of the other blessings I am so fortunate to have, I am so very thankful for this wonderful sanctuary where my husband is now safe, well taken care of and content.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.