It’s hard to believe the holiday season is very nearly upon us, though last week’s snow did help a bit. Next week around this time, we’ll be carving up the Thanksgiving bird, and some will have a double whammy this year, with Hanukkah falling right on Thanksgiving weekend. So good luck all of you with your preparations. Can’t wait to hear all about them (hint, hint).

Mike Harmon got his Thanksgiving practice on this weekend, hosting a turkey fry for his nearest and dearest. Amanda Hollyfield was excited to offer the accompaniment of deep-fried stuffing balls, a recipe handed down from yours truly that resulted from a hungry late night brainstorming session with the Le Blondes earlier this fall. I caught some pics online of Mikey’s spread, and it appeared that no one needed fear going home hungry.

The Dolbys, Paciellos, Conovers, and Andersons took Atlantis by storm last week for some early November fun in the sun. The kids spent most of the trip enjoying the resort’s water slide offerings, with Frankie Paciello and Paige Anderson even braving the monstrous “Leap of Faith” slide. Other trip highlights included Ellie Dolby swimming with sea lions and Caroline Dolby swimming with dolphins.

Felix Neck’s 23rd Fall Festival will take place Friday, Nov. 29, from 11 am to 3 pm. The festival this year features hayrides, face painting, wreath making, crafts for kids, live music by The Flying Elbows, and live birds of prey from New England Reptile and Raptor. For more info, call 508-627-4850. Felix Neck is also seeking volunteers to help with the festival.

Felix Neck is also requesting your help with a new logo for their Fern and Feather Camp, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Founded by the late Anne Hale, and long fostered by Gus Ben David and now Suzan Bellincampi, this Island treasure has formed and nurtured young naturalists by the thousands, Now it’s time for a new look for the next half-century

For this celebration the Anniversary Committee has announced a contest to design a new logo for Fern and Feather Camp. All ages are welcome to submit an image that best represents the nature of the camp, which may be used for tee-shirts, bags, posters and ads. Send entries to felixneck@massaudubon.org, or drop them by the Sanctuary, no later than December 31, 2013. For more information, call 508-627-4850.

Peacecraft is back this year for its annual holiday sale. This nonprofit project will offer crafts and holiday goods from Haiti and other self-help projects worldwide and proceeds from the sale will benefit those countries. Please stop in at Peacecraft on 30 Main Street behind the Beach House in Vineyard Haven any time from November 27 to December 24, from 11 am to 5 pm. Peacecraft is an all volunteer project. If you would like to help out or learn more, please call 508-687-9709 or 508-693-0368.

The Federated Church of Edgartown will hold its Fourth Annual Festival of Wreaths on Thursday, December 5, 5–7:30 pm, in the Parish House. Seventy-five originally designed and hand decorated natural wreaths will be on display in the Meetinghouse for sale. Additional offerings include beverages and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a special wreath raffle, holiday basket raffle, and other surprises of value. Proceeds will benefit the maintenance of the 1832 Sara Mayhew Parsonage. For more information, call Marna Waller at the church office at 508-627-4421.

Birthday wishes go out this week to Chip Seadale, who celebrates November 22; to Chris Lyons and Katie Brewer, November 25; and to Lee Welch and Willie Bishop, November 26. Hope you have a great one!