Oak Bluffs

When you read this, Thanksgiving will be upon us. I think that Thankfulness is an ever-widening circle, the center of which is perhaps your family and from there it spreads out, including more than we realize we have. Many people will be fortunate enough to spend this holiday with family and friends. Sometimes it is difficult to get everyone in the same place at the same time but you can still have them in your hearts if not at your table. And let us remember so many of our servicemen who will not only not be able to be at home but are far away in another country. Wherever they are, near or far, we are so thankful for all these people who have a part in our lives. My day will include a lunchtime meal with my husband at his home at Windemere, then an afternoon dinner at Flat Point Farm with my grandson Marques and his wife Sarah and daughter Kayla to rejoice in their first Thanksgiving as a married couple. Then the rest of our family, grandchildren and great grands, will join together for a meal under the capable hands of my daughters Mary and Kati. Missing will be my son Dion and his wife, Debra, and their daughter, Paige who reside in Australia, and my other three grandsons. But we will think of those absent ones also. I have much to be thankful for.

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. Proceeds from the sale will benefit those countries. Please stop in at Peacecraft on 30 Main Street behind the Beach House in Vineyard Haven. The sale starts November 29 and the doors will be open daily 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.

Marcus Hopkins of Oak Bluffs, a graduate of MVRHS, is in Basic Training in Oklahoma for two months for the Army National Guard and then two months additional training at another location. He will not be home for Christmas or for Thanksgiving. His mom, Carol Hopkins from Oak Bluffs who works at the Oak Bluffs School, and his brother and sister-in-law, Rahmal and Lindsey Hopkins, all miss him very much. It would be great if cards were sent to him for the holidays to bring a little Island cheer to him. His address is : PVT Marcus Hopkins, A Battery 2 PLT 1/19 5970, S. Boundry Rd., Ft. Sill, OK 73503-5001.

On November 23 from 9 am to 2 pm, Trinity Parish House in the Campground will hold their Holiday Fair. There will be baked goods, holiday goods, Advent calendars, personalized ornaments, refreshments, jewelry, gifts, and Grandma’s Attic. The Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be on November 26 at 7 pm in the Trinity Worship Center. This service is hosted by the Island Clergy Association, and all are welcome.

Reminder to parents that the school will be closed Thanksgiving day, November 28 and Friday, November 29. Please take a look at the school’s overflowing lost and found. Items remaining will be added to the nurse supply closet or donated if they are not collected by December break.

Kathy Flynn and Gina Patti are combining their passions for food and healthy living into an after-school club, called Organic Junkies. Participants will learn how to prepare healthy food, plant sprouts and make personal care products utilizing natural and organic ingredients. The Winter Session will run on Mondays, from December 9 through January 27 from 2:40 to 4:15 pm and will be open to students in grades 4-6 only. Participants will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. As enrollment is limited to 16 students, please call the school for complete enrollment specifications.

We send birthday smiles to Myna Rogers Sylva who celebrated on the 26th, Cayla Morris, Roxanne Klein, and James Vanderhoop on the 28th, John Alley on the December 3, and Brittney Jardin, Bill Anderson Sr., and Kate Collins on December 4.

Enjoy your week and my Thanksgiving wish for you all is that you get to spend some time with those you love.

Peace.