Now there are more leaves on the ground than there are on the trees. What looked so colorful a short time ago even as they drifted to the ground, looks like a lot of work at the moment. Fall came so rapidly, and now we are headed into Thanksgiving. We here can put at the top of our thankful list the fact that we have not been subjected the horrendous storms that have ravaged so many areas of our country and the world. Please keep all the victims of this damaging weather in your prayers, and, if you are able, search out one of the many charitable organizations that are helping to bring relief to those areas.
Featherstone will open their 11th Annual Holiday Gift show this Friday, November 22. Dozens of Island artists will be selling unique, affordable gifts, from $5-$250, including artwork, cards, calendars, soaps, gift boxes, jewelry, pottery, scarves, quilts, photography, ornaments, paintings, posters, and even chocolate. All sales benefit Island artists and Featherstone. There will be a Holiday Gift Show Preview Part on November 22, from 6 to 8 pm and all items will be for sale at the preview party. They will also be serving refreshments.
The Holiday Gift Show runs from November 23 to December 19 and is open every day, except Thanksgiving, from 12 noon to 4 pm.
The Federated Church of Edgartown will hold its Fourth Annual Festival of Wreaths on Thursday, December 5, from 5 to7:30 pm, in the Parish House. Seventy-five originally designed, and hand-decorated natural wreaths, for home and business, will be on display in the Meetinghouse for sale at $45 each. Admission is $10, which includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres. There will be 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.
On the following Thursday, December 12, at 10:30 am West Tisbury Library Story time will be at the Oak Bluffs Library. Please note there will be no story time on Thanksgiving (November 28).
On Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 pm, at the Oak Bluffs Public Library, the Cape Light Compact (CLC) will present “How you can save energy at home.” The CLC offers a variety of energy savings programs for residential, business and municipal customers including the popular residential home energy assessment, rebates and other financial incentives for energy efficient upgrades.
The Grace Church annual Turkey Run will be on Saturday the 23rd and will start in the front of Bunch of Grapes at 9 am. It will end at Owen Park with water, oranges, and medals for everyone. The cost is $5 per runner or people are welcome to just come and cheer the little ones! This year one of the teachers will be dressed up as a turkey to run with the kids.
Just a reminder that the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Bazaar is Saturday, November 23, from 10 am to 1 pm. There will be raffles, baskets, white elephant and a food table.
The Chamber Music Society’s Thanksgiving Concert will be held on Saturday evening, November 30th at 7:30 pm. Come hear an extraordinary program of wonderful music performed at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown with its beautifully restored mural. The program will include works by the classic composers Brahms and Mozart plus two new compositions by Howard Frazin and David Del Tredici.
Tickets may be purchased at the door 30 minutes before the Concert and no advance sales. The ticket price is $20 for adults with students admitted free.
The Oak Bluffs School play, “School House Rock Jr.,” will have three performances: November 22 at 7 pm, November 23 at 4 pm, and November 24 at 2 pm. These plays at the school are always most entertaining and you will be quite surprised by the wonderful talented performances of the students.
The Vineyard Smiles dental program will be at the Oak Bluffs School on Thursday, Nov. 21, and Friday, Nov. 22.
We send birthday smiles to Susan deBettencourt on the 21st,Gina deBettencourt on the 23rd, Talia Luening and Pam Herman on November 24, Deb Brown and Priscilla Sylvia the next day, Nora Jardin and Bill Anderson, Jr on the 26th, and Lauren Metell and Keilla Geddis on the November 27. Smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those in need of a healing smile.
Enjoy your week. Peace,