Oak Bluffs: the season of giving

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Our town is quietly preparing for the coming holidays. Decorations are being put in place in our parks, stores, and streets, invitations have been extended welcoming guests for Thanksgiving dinners, boxes brought up from cellars or down from attics containing decorations which will be browsed through and then put in place throughout our homes. In the midst of all this preparation, others are carrying on their work of finding shelter and food for those in need, and quietly seeking help for the many who are lost in their addiction illness or mental anguish. Please remember those who may need a friend during this season, either by welcoming them to your homes or giving financial aid or physical assistance to the many helping organizations we are fortunate enough to have on our Island home. After all, isn’t it called the “season of giving?”

The Gatchell family has found a wonderful way to give pleasure to us all while helping to support the Island Food Pantry. Their home on County Road in Oak Bluffs will be ablaze with holiday decorations after Thanksgiving, and the only thanks they want is your donation to the Island Food Pantry. Thanks to this generous family.

And don’t forget the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Oak Bluffs. The Tree Lighting takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the David Healey Mall in front of the Post Office.

Congratulations to the MVRHS football team and longterm Coach Donald Herman on once again coming home from Nantucket after winning the Vineyarders Cup on Saturday last. An especially sweet victory for Coach Herman, who is retiring as coach this year after 28 years of leading the football team to many football wins, but also as a much-respected mentor to many students.

The Island Wide Youth Collaborative, in conjunction with the Youth Task Force and Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools, is holding two three-hour parenting programs: “Worried About Your Worrier? What to Do When Anxiety Runs (in) the Family.” Lynn Lyons, LICSW, will be leading the workshops. The workshops will be held at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School on Dec. 1 and 2 from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. The workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 1, is designed for parent of children in pre-K to grade 6, and the Dec. 2 workshop is for parents of children in grades 7 to 12. Both events are free and open to the public, and dinner will be served. Registration is required. Please call 508-693-7900, ext. 400, to register, or you may email chang@mvcommunityservices.com. If you need assistance with childcare, please inquire when registering.

There is a treat in store for all on Friday, Nov. 27. The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse will hold a special family showing of the movie “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” at 3 pm. This family movie is suitable for all ages, and what great entertainment for the day after Thanksgiving. All tickets are $5, cash only, at the door.

And on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 (7:30 pm) and 6 (3 pm), there will be a concert by the Martha’s Vineyard Community Chorus at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.

We send birthday smiles to Deb Brown and Priscilla Sylvia on the 25th, Nora Jardin, Bill Anderson Jr., and Myrna Rogers Sylvia on the 26th, Lauren Metell and Keilla Geddis on the 27th, and Cayla Morris, Roxanne Klein, and James Vanderhoop on the 28th.

Sometimes it is very difficult in the horror of these violent times to find things to be thankful for, but no matter how small, we can be thankful for things that we perhaps never thought about before. Some things people have told me they are thankful for are: that they can still walk and see, have a job, their family, children, grandchildren, friends, country they live in and waking up in the morning to this beautiful Island.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving. Peace.