Oak Bluffs: Ebb and flow

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For me life always seems to come full circle at Thanksgiving time. Perhaps because it has always been such a family holiday, that it has become the time that I feel the greatest sorrow for those I have lost. But I also find that that sense of loss slowly gets replaced by many happy memories. This is the constant ebb and flow of the reality of life. Make memories this Thanksgiving time. It

can be with family, new friends, or old friends, or perhaps the unexpected guest at your table. But take time to welcome to your table those you love and perhaps those in need of love and hospitality. However you observe it: Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Happy news last Friday: When my grandson Matt Rivers and his girlfriend Melanie Dickson announced their engagement, Matt called family members to come to their home because he wanted to talk. Of course there was speculation on the part of their parents of what was going on, but after the announcement the group held a champagne toast, and there were hugs and kisses going around the room. Congratulations to this great couple.

Condolences to the family and friends of Les Campbell, who died at his home in Bass River last week. Les was married for 51 years to Linda Fisher Campbell, and was a trooper in the State Police for 16 years. He held an assignment at the Oak Bluffs Barracks for a few years, and among those he left behind are his wife, two children and their spouses, and three grandchildren, who all loved him dearly. We are so sorry.

Sensory Story Time for children with autism disorder and other disabilities takes place at our library the first Saturday of every month at 10 am.

The Turkey Trot Race, for the benefit of the Oak Bluffs School eighth grade, will take place tomorrow. Registration is at 7:30 am at the M.V. Chowder Co., and the race starts at 8:30 am in front of the Oak Bluffs Police Station. Entrance fee is $15.

Head to Felix Neck on Friday, Nov. 24, for the 37th Fall Festival. Enjoy bird walks, live music, crafts, and more. The cost is $6 for members and $9 for nonmembers. For times of events, call 508-627-4850.

Not happy with your child’s school photos? Retake day is on Dec. 4, but you must bring the original photo packet with you to get a retake.

The Friends of Oak Bluffs are having a “Dine to Donate” fundraiser and silent auction on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Offshore Ale Co. Lunch is served from 11:30 to 4 pm, and dinner from 5 to 8pm. Friends of Oak Bluffs will receive 20 percent of pretax food sales. Join in and bring a friend. You will be supporting the Friends’ beautification projects here in Oak Bluffs. The silent auction features lots of exciting items generously donated by area retailers and restaurateurs.

Once again the Oak Bluffs Association is sponsoring many exciting holiday events planned for the weeks ahead. Santa Sweepstakes is happening from Nov. 24 through Dec. 20. Participating businesses will have a raffle that will have lucky winners of $25 gift certificates at the drawing on Dec. 20.

The Ocean View will be the site of the Holiday Open Market on Nov. 24 and Dec. 16. There will be crafts, Santa, music, and more.

Come to David Healey Square at 6:30 pm on Nov. 29 for everyone’s favorite, the tree lighting. There will be music, hot chocolate, antlers, and that popular man in the red suit, Santa, arriving in one of our Oak Bluffs firetrucks.

Jumping ahead to give you a heads-up, on Dec. 16 be prepared to celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas. From noon to 3 pm, take a horse-drawn hayride, and then enjoy caroling, cookie decorating, and ornament making at Offshore Ale from 2 to 4 pm.

Rehearsals have begun for a performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” Part 1, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. All singers are welcome to join Grace Church choir members and other community musicians in presenting the traditional oratorio. Rehearsals will be held Nov. 26 at 3:30 pm, Dec. 4 at 7 pm, and Dec. 11 at 7 pm. All rehearsals are at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven. Wes Nagy is conducting, and scores will be available. For more info, call 508-693-0332.

We send birthday smiles to Talia Luening and Pam Herman on Nov. 24, 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, Roxann Klein, and James Vanderhoop on Nov. 28.

Enjoy your week. Peace.