Oak Bluffs: The Island welcomes fall

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No matter how well we plan, it seems as if in the blink of an eye, the weather deals us a surprise visit, suddenly changing from warm and breezy to cold and very windy. At least I made it to my promise not to turn on the heat until after Oct. 1, but then when I did, my heater did not work. Perfect timing once again. But when I see what other areas of the country are suffering from — either deadly floods or longtime droughts that bring devastating fires — I know we are very fortunate indeed.

Head to the Oak Bluffs Library Fall Fun Festival for Kids on Saturday, Oct. 28. There are some great events scheduled, so come and enjoy fall at the library. There will be a haybale obstacle course, you can guess the pumpkin’s weight, and there will be bowling with squash, fall crafts, and more. This fun event runs from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. All ages can also plan on fun and entertainment at the Library Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 am to noon. You will be able to play in haunted stacks and make a spooky snack.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s exhibit “Made with Clay” will showcase items from the museum’s collection that are often overlooked or hidden away. Pitchers, dishes, vases, jugs, cups, and tiles, along with photographs and stories of their makers will be on exhibit. The museum has a lot of pottery in its collection, but it is not often exhibited. The oldest was made 700 years ago, and the newest is about 35 years old. But they are all made of clay. The exhibits opens on Friday, Oct. 9 from 5 to 7 pm, and will be up through March 2016.

Just a reminder that school is closed all day Friday for staff professional development day, and will also be closed on Monday, Oct. 12 for Columbus Day.

The 25th annual Oak Bluffs Columbus Day 5K Road Race and 1-mile Fun Race takes place this Sunday, Oct. 11. You may register at the Wesley House on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 3 to 5 pm, or on Sunday, the morning of the race, from 9 to 10 pm. There will be free T shirts for the first 100 registrants. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Oak Bluffs School class of 2016. For more information, call Roger Wey at 508-693-7887.

Plans for the volunteer build at Niantic Park playground area are very well organized. Here are a few contacts and telephone numbers for those wishing to help. For financial-contribution info, call Jen Schilling at 774-563-0039. Those wishing to help with the building may contact Holly Thomas at hathomas@hotmail.com. Anyone who could help with food support to feed the volunteers, call Jen Smyth at 617-750-3106. It’s amazing how well things are progressing with the assistance of so many volunteers.

Where will you find an oompah band, sausages, sauerkraut, fried dough, crafts, jewelry, furniture, bake and white elephant tables, games, and much more? Head to the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven for their Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 10, from noon to 3 pm, where you will find great food, crafts, games, and lots of fun things to do. For more information, please call 508-693-1539.

Congratulations to Michael and Erin deBettencourt, who had a weeklong stay in Florida as they celebrated their wedding anniversary. There they enjoyed great weather — probably the only place in the country that did — and relaxing after our Island’s hectic summer. They have returned to their Oak Bluffs home and their five children.

We send birthday smiles to Todd Rebello and Mabel McCarthy on Oct. 9; grandson Benjamin Alley, Anita Billings, and Maximus Metell share the 10th; Zack Sweeney, Joe deBettencourt, Kristen Mathias, and my sister Joyce Wadsworth on the 11th, and Marty Nadler and Alexsis Moreis on the 13th. And for those of you who wondered who Grace Undershoot was that I sent smiles to last week, she was a person created by the spellcheck on my word processor and my inattention. So belated birthday smiles to Grace Vanderhoop, who celebrated on Oct. 2.

Enjoy your week. Peace.