Oak Bluffs: Senseless

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The beauty of these autumn days is being destroyed by the dark clouds of violence that obscure joyful things lately. Once again lives are lost, and sadness is the only emotion felt by so many as another senseless mass killing has taken place. Senseless is the key word here. Common sense needs to prevail, with preventive methods sponsored by our leaders to put in place laws to protect incompetent individuals from destroying so many lives, their own included. Of course it is difficult to make sane and compassionate decisions when we are constantly being instructed to be intolerant, fearful, and cruel to so-called certain types or groups of our fellow human beings by leaders of our country. Fear, ignorance, and supersize egos are the fuel that oftentimes feeds such bullying behavior. So let’s live each day looking for the good side of people and life, be nonjudgmental and kind. In spite of everything that is happening in our world, I do still believe that love is more powerful than hate.

Apologies to Fred Cournoyer for using his brother Ed’s name instead of his own in the writeup about the BenDavid Halloween party. I can’t think of a good excuse for my confusion, except perhaps there were many children in the Cournoyer family, but more likely it was a memory lapse by this writer.

A reminder that our schools are closed on Friday, Nov. 10, in observance of Veterans Day, while Monday, Nov. 13, will be the official day, along with the parade in Oak Bluffs. Please remember that you do not have to wait for Veterans Day to thank a veteran for all their service to our country, and giving time from their lives so we may live ours in freedom.

John and Sarah Lolley of Oak Bluffs joyfully announce the birth of their first grandchild, Lillian “Lily” Kitson Hawkins. Lily was born to their daughter Kate Lolley and Brad Hawkins of Kingston Springs, Tenn., on Oct. 27 at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Kate is a 2001 graduate of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

It is time to be spooked again at our Oak Bluffs library, as they extend Halloween for another week. On Friday, Nov. 10, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm for Wii U Afternoon, you may put on your costume, walk through their scary tunnel, have a creepy snack, and play terrifying games.

Time to make a Thanksgiving Craft on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 to 11:30, am when you may make a Thanksgiving Day centerpiece for your dinner table. Get crafty and be thankful. This library program is best for ages 3 and up.

Saturday, Nov. 18, the library will really be packed with activities. There will be a Crossword Puzzle Competition at 11 am, with a prize for the most advanced cruciverbalist.

The Library Friends are holding their used book drive from 12:30 to 2:30 pm to collect books for next summer’s book sale. I know how difficult it is to say goodbye to books you have loved, but if you do then you will have room for new ones you have not read yet.

And the next event at our busy library on the 18th is the Vineyard Fermenters series: Hard Apple Cider Workshop, starting at 2 pm. Help hand-press apples, and come back in a few weeks for a bottle of your very own cider.

Featherstone Center for the Arts in Oak Bluffs will celebrate the opening of its 15th annual Holiday Gift Show at a champagne preview party on Friday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 pm. The show runs to the 17th of December, and is open every day from 12 to 4 pm except Thanksgiving. The Holiday Gift Show is a major fundraiser for Featherstone.

The United Methodist Church Parish House in Oak Bluffs will be holding its Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 10 am to 2 pm. Tables will include a treasure chest, jewelry, handmade goods, baked goods, white elephant, and Christmas items. Lunch will be served from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Get ready for another amazing musical presentation by Oak Bluffs School students. This year the production of the musical “Singing In the Rain” will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Nov. 17, 18, and 19. The school never disappoints in their musical productions, so mark the dates. For tickets and more info, you may contact the school.

Oak Bluffs is holding a special town meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

Birthday smiles to Todd deBettencourt, Trulayna Rose, and my great-grandson Ethan Rivers on Nov. 10, Amanda Gonsalves and Deanna deBettencourt on the 11th, Kati Davey on the 13th, Manny deBettencourt on the 14th, and Pat Alley and Barbara Humber on the 15th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.