I have found myself staring at the calendar a lot lately, trying to wrap my brain around how we have nearly arrived at the holidays. The ads are here, the press releases for holiday fairs and bazaars are flooding my inbox, and the wild turkeys seem to be in hiding.
The Edgartown third grade made the traditional pre-Thanksgiving outing to Plimoth Plantation to learn about ye olde New England and spy the famous Plymouth Rock. My niece was among the participants in the pilgrim pilgrimage, and it was interesting to hear her speaking with my grandmother (her great-grandmother) about how the site has changed over the decades. When Grammy was a child, she remembers just seeing the rock, but no plantation, and that there was an ongoing problem with people chipping off pieces of the rock to take home as contraband souvenirs, while nowadays, Caroline assured us, the rock is protected by a fence. I have yet to make the trip myself, but it sounds like everyone had a fun and educational time.
The Edgartown Patrolmen’s Association played host to 71 seniors at the Fire Station for their Annual Fall Feast on Friday. Feasters enjoyed crab cakes, beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, and pumpkin pie. In addition to the food, a lucky few were chosen in a drawing, claiming gift certificates to Island businesses as well as one of the abundance of pumpkin pies left over.
Congratulations to Vera Thornton on launching her new website, verathorntonmv.com, where you can find information about Vera’s real estate brokerage venture. Go check it out.
The always-popular Appraisal Day will be back at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum on Saturday, December 6, from 9 am to 3 pm. Experts from Skinner, Inc. will provide appraisals and evaluate the public’s prized objects and collectibles. Skinner may consign items with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the museum. Reservations are required for all appraisals. Each individual is allowed to bring up to three items for appraisal. Early reservations are encouraged: this event usually does sell out. To make a reservation, call Jessica Johnson at the Museum, 508-627-4441, ext. 117 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be prepared to give a brief description of your item(s) when making reservations.
The Federated Church of Edgartown will hold its Fifth Annual Festival of Wreaths on Thursday, December 4, 5–7 pm, in the Parish House on 45 South Summer Street, Edgartown. Seventy-five originally designed and hand-decorated natural wreaths, for home and business, will be on display in the meetinghouse and available for sale. Admission to the Parish House party 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.
The Wharf Pub will host a Rebeccah J handmade leather goods party, Sunday, November 23, from 1 to 4 pm. The holiday season is on its way, and it’s the time of year to start shopping, and it’s always nice to support a local artisan. Leather earrings, bracelets, wallets, and more will be available for sale, so go buy [me] something awesome!
Featherstone will also offer the opportunity to keep your shopping local this holiday season. They will hold their 12th Annual Holiday Gift Show Preview Party on Friday, November 21, from 6 to 8 pm. With affordable gifts made by Island Artists, this is an excellent time to find one-of-a-kind items for friends and loved ones. Jewelry, clothing, scarves, stocking stuffers, and ornaments are just a handful of items that can be found at the show. The Holiday Gift show will be open every day from 12 to 4 pm from November 22 to Dec 21.
Birthday wishes go out to Nancy Morris, Chris Lyons, and Katie Brewer, who celebrate November 25; and to Doriana Klumik, Willy Bishop, and Lee Welch, who celebrate November 26. Have a good one, folks.