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Megan Alley

Megan Alley
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Thanksgiving is this week already when it seems like we just ended summer. Once again the town and Island are crowded with students, families and others headed back here to the place they love as they do every year. Some families will be welcoming new members while others may still be feeling the loss of a member. But as we gather together, our memories of the happy times and hopes for the future will fill our hearts and bring contentment. Lets not forget those who might need a bit of a lift and in your sharing of Thanksgiving, you both will be blessed.

How about an early run and walk race on Thanksgiving morning? The Turkey Trot will take place at 8:30 am, beginning and ending outside the Chowder Company in Oak Bluffs. The cost is $10, and those under 12 run for free. Registration will begin at 7:30 am the day of the race and best of all, the proceeds will benefit the Oak Bluffs School Student Activity Fund this year. If you have any questions, call Lisa Reagan at 508-410-0189. Many thanks to Roger Wey for helping the Oak Bluffs School.

And now, even though it seems to have arrived so quickly, we are already into December happenings. The start of the Oak Bluffs Christmas/ Holiday season gets its start on Wednesday, December 4 with the annual tree lighting. As always this happy event takes place in David Healey Square in front of the post office. Along with the tree lighting there will be music, carol singing, refreshments and of course Santa, all though so very busy, will once again find time to help in the celebration.

A benefit for recovering cancer patient Carol Christopher will take place on December 5th at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs. There will be an auction and delicious finger foods. Come and support Carol as she continues on her road to recovery.

And looking ahead, the Annual MVNAACP Christmas Bazaar will be on December 20 at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center, 21 Wamsutta Ave. from 9 am to 3 pm. There will be raffles, a silent auction and vendors tables. Tables are available for $25 but as an early bird special until November 30th, the cost of a table will be  $20. For more information, call Carrie Tankard or the Senior Center.

Please remember the Red Stocking Fund, our Island’s Christmas present to itself. You may make donations or offer to help by shopping for gifts or wrapping them. Please contact Susie Wallo for more info.

We send birthday smiles to Lauren Metell and Keilla Geddis on the 27th. Cayla Morris, Roxann Klein and James Vanderhoop on the 28th, cousin John Alley on the 3rd, and Brittney Jardin, Bill Anderson, Sr., Kate Collens an Carol Testerman, share the 4th.

Enjoy your week. My Thanksgiving wish for everyone is a day with those you love.

Peace.

Sunday last was perfect for working in the yard in preparation for winter. With the help of my grandchildren, the wood box is filled, as is the kindling basket. Air conditioners are in the attic until needed next summer, and hoses are put away until spring. The window screens are stored in the attic and of course now we have had a brief warm spell and I can’t open the windows without inviting moths and spiders in. But this Monday, as I am writing this column, the wind and thunderstorms are predictors of cold weather approaching. I guess we are ready for whatever comes, unless it is snow and ice, so I must prepare for that too before it arrives.

You will have your pick of many activities for the next few weeks. The Annual Trinity Holiday Fair is Saturday, November 22, in the Parish House in the Campground from 9 am to 2 pm. There will be numerous tables including  grandma’s attic, baked goods, knit Items, jewelry, gift Items, and more. A new feature this year will be hand-personalized glass ornaments. And if you work up an appetite while shopping, you can wander over to the Parish House Café where you will have your choice of hot dogs, clam chowder, meatball subs, desserts, and drinks. Call the Church Office at 508-693-4424 for information about vendor tables.

Our Oak Bluffs Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, November 26, at 10:30 am. The featured book is The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, a landmark account of the first emergence of Ebola.

At an author’s talk and honey tasting on Thursday, November 20, 6–7 pm.  Michael G. West will discuss his book Buzzed: The Bee Kill Conspiracy.  Monica Miller will host the honey tasting.

Come and wish Children’s Librarian Zoe farewell at her Bye Bye Baby Shower Party on Saturday, November 22, from 1 to 3 pm. There will be baby theme crafts and children are welcome if they come with a parent/guardian.

Upcycled Book Crafts on Saturday, November 29, from 1 to 3 pm will show you how to turn old books into holiday crafts at this hands-on class for adults.

Anna Duarte, who most of us remember as the Poppy Lady on Memorial Day, is back at Windemere for rehab after a stay at Mass. General Hospital. Anna told me that she is so happy to be back home at Windemere and had missed her friends. She was nice enough to share with me that the wonderful music programs there were so enjoyable and that my husband also found pleasure in listening to the music.

For some wonderful entertainment, come see the fabulous and talented students and staff in the Oak Bluffs School production of O.B.eatles.  These school presentations always amaze their audience. Performances are at the school on Friday, November 21st at 7 pm, Saturday, November 22nd at 7 pm and Sunday, November 23rd at 2 pm.

The cost of admission is $5 for Students and $7 Adults. School will be closed for Thanksgiving break on Wednesday, November 26 and re-opening on Monday, December 1.

The Federated Church of Edgartown will hold its Fifth Annual Festival of Wreaths on Thursday,  December 4, from 5 to 7 pm, in the Parish House on 45 South Summer Street, Edgartown. Seventy-five originally designed, hand-decorated wreaths, for home and business, will be on display in the Meetinghouse and are for sale at $45, $55, and $65. Admission to the Parish House party is $10, $5 with purchase of a wreath, and 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 Chamber Music Society invites everyone to join them on Saturday evening, November 29, at 7:30 pm, for their annual Thanksgiving Concert at the beautiful Old Whaling Church. This is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, a wonderful time for you, your family and friends  to hear the music of Bartok, Brahms, and Schumann performed by  fabulous musicians. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the evening of the concert: $20 for adults and students are free.

Congratulations to Carmen Amadeus. Each year the pastor of every parish in the Diocese nominates a recipient for the Marian Medal which is awarded in recognition for outstanding devotion and service  to a parish. Carmen will be the recipient for Good Shepherd Parish of Martha’s Vineyard. Bishop Edgar daCuna will present the Medal at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River on Sunday, November 23.

We send birthday smiles to Arianna Peters who celebrated on November 9, Susan deBettencourt on the 21st, Gina deBettencourt on the 23rd, Talia Luening and Pam Herman on the 24th, Deb Brown and Priscilla Sylvia on the 25th, and Nora Jardin, Bill Anderson Jr. and Myna Rogers Sylvia on the 26th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Leaves are everywhere — on the trees, the streets, and the yards. The colors are lovely and seem to me brighter than ever this year. But I still have bright purple blossoms on my rhododendrons, and even some yellow blossoms courageously clinging to  the forsythia bushes. It is supposed to be the start of winter, but I think the plants are either confused or in denial. But the forecast is for really cold winter weather starting Thursday, so I guess we will all have to face reality.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is opening a new exhibit on November 13 titled A Man, A Plan, A Canal: Panama as part of the centennial celebration for the completion of the Panama Canal. The exhibit explores the Vineyard’s connection to the famous project. In conjunction with the exhibition and centennial, the museum welcomes Cape Cod author Chip Bishop to speak about his book The Lion and the Journalist: The Unlikely Friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop, now a New York Times bestseller. The book explores the unique relationship among President Theodore Roosevelt, newspaper editor Joseph Bucklin Bishop, and General George Goethals, chief engineer of the Panama Canal. Bishop will speak on Tuesday, November 18, at 5:30 pm in the museum library.

A weekly event at the Oak Bluffs Library is the Knitting for Charity program, which takes place every Thursday, from 2 to 4 pm. Join in and make hats, mittens, and scarves for the Island Food Pantry to distribute this winter. Yarn will be available and there will be some instruction. The Poetry Workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 18, from 6 to 7 pm. Join Sondra and bring poems to share. For all levels, it will be a creative writing exercise.

Please mark your calendar for a special fundraiser for a special person, Rico Holley. It will be held at the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs  on Friday, December 12, at 5 pm. Rico has been a dedicated EMT and firefighter for Oak Bluffs for 10 years. He was seriously injured from a fall in October and is receiving care at Mass General Hospital. He is facing a long and expensive recovery, so let’s do our best to help him out. I will be giving you updates as I receive them.

Marques and Sarah Rivers welcomed a son on Monday. Ethan Gunnar Rivers was happily greeted by his parents and his older sister, Kayla. His grandparents are Katie Alley, Marc Rivers, and Eleanor Neubert, and his arrival makes four great grandchildren for myself and my husband, Dennis.

We send Birthday smiles for the month of November to Aidylberg residents Joseph Scanlan and Doris Gregory, and to Woodside Village residents Marjorie Toenges, Phyllis Dunn, Nancy Eddy, Paul Schultz, Judith Andrews, Barbara Dugan, Sylvia Rogers, Ilka List and Mary Gazaille. Belated smiles to Lana deBettencourt on November 7, her sister Deanna on the 10th, and their father Manny deBettencourt who will celebrate the big 60 tomorrow. Smiles to Pat Alley and Barbara Humber on the 15th, Nathan Averill on the 18th, and Jake Ponte on the 20th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Well, now we know who the winners are in all those elections. It seems as if the campaigning went on forever — at least the phone calls did. I was bombarded with phone calls from all over the country either extolling the virtues of one candidate or the vices of another. Then at least three times a day I would receive a phone call from someone who said: I have a very brief survey. It turned out briefer than they expected as I quickly hung up. I attempted to just let the answering machine pick up, but once in a while I would succumb to the habit of answering my phone and as soon as I realized it was just more campaigning, I would terminate the call. Time is too precious to be wasted in this manner.

The town of Oak Bluffs is starting to create this year’s Block Grant application and is asking seniors to come up with strategies that can be useful to those creating this year’s grant. The Block Grant would be very lucrative if awarded to our town and they want to know what you think about your neighborhoods, the services provided for people in our town who are our age, your Senior Center and the activities it provides, your accessibility to our downtown, social opportunities available to you in Oak Bluffs, or whatever else is on your mind. Please read the draft report on the town web page and contribute your thoughts and comments to make it a stronger document that reflects all the voices of our community. You   may pass on your ideas on line to ewellhopkins@icloud.com

The dentist is coming back to the Oak Bluffs School. Vineyard Smiles will be there on November 7, 20, and 21. You can register online at emailmeform.com/builder/form/f6w3e4477CPphor see your school nurse for a form. When you register, your child will receive a full dental exam, including an oral health screening, cleaning and fluoride treatment, oral hygiene instruction, and as needed they will receive x-rays, sealants and fillings.You need to re-register your child every school  year. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Vineyard Smiles at 508-696-0020, ext. 14. The school annual book fair continues on November 6, 7, 10, 11, and 12. Give the school a call for more info. School will be closed on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11.

Our Library will show a Throwback Thursday movie classic on Thursday, November 13, at 6 pm. The film is Miracle on 34th Street. There will also be a bonus feature at 5:30 pm of Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Popcorn will be served.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has an opening reception for its Nancy Luce exhibit on Friday, November 7, from 5 to 7 pm.

Hilde and Bert Combra will have been married for 50 years on November 21, but they have already done some celebrating of this milestone event. Two weeks ago they participated in the Bishop’s annual Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River which honors couples who are celebrating significant wedding anniversaries. The new Bishop of the Fall River Diocese, Edgar M. daCunha, formerly of Brazil, was the celebrant and 119 couples who were present also renewed their wedding vows. After the Mass the Combras had the priviledge of meeting and speaking with the Bishop and were most impressed by his friendliness and hospitality. After the services, the Combras were joined by their friends Father Gomes and Fr. Ozug, both of whom previously were assigned to Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. The group traveled to Westport where they continued their celebration by dining at White’s Restaurant.

Our Council on Aging wants everyone to know that their program “Matter of Balance” was a great success. They hope to repeat the program in April of 2015, so if you are interested please call Rose at 508-693-4509.  For those who are housebound or eating alone plans for Thanksgiving dinner fare are underway at the center. So if you wish a meal delivered to your home on Thanksgiving, just give Rose a call at the center as soon as you can.  Rose also wishes to thank the Oak Bluffs community for their support and dedication to the Senior Center.

Melanie and Michael Marchand spent a few days down in Florida for  a brief vacation in the warm sun. While there, they met their nephew and niece, Kat and Michael deBettencourt, ,and all four enjoyed spending some time together.

We send birthday smiles to Wendy Rose on the 7th, Mark Landers November 8, Todd deBettencourt and Trulayna Rose share the 10th, Amanda Gonsalves on the 11th, and Katie Davey on the 13th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

So is everyone getting prepared for the ghost, goblins, and trick or treaters on Friday night? Not only are many stores showing Halloween decorations, but it seems as if quite a few homes and yards are also dressed with scary  scenes. And once again the Charter School students have produced some delightful and realistic displays. However, please do not only have some delicious treat ready but also some coins, because this year many students at the Oak Bluffs School will be carrying bright orange collection boxes. Spearheaded by Ms. Robinson’s second-grade class, once again the school will be collecting for UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. Thank you to everyone who participates in the worthwhile endeavor.

Alicia Oliveira, from Oak Bluffs and a 2011 graduate of the MVRHS, is a cadet at Providence College with the Army  Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Patriot Battalion. Alicia was chosen as a female participant on a team with seven male cadets to participate in Ranger Challenge held at Fort Dix, N.J., on October 11 and 12. Team members were from various other colleges and each team has to have a female participant. The Ranger Challenge is an opportunity for schools to compete with each other on military tasks in addition to a written examination where cadets test their Army knowledge. There are physical fitness drills and field exercises. Providence College’s Patriot Battalion representing  the Eastern Region finished 2nd in the obstacle course and 10th place of all of 42 teams. Congratulations, Alicia! Your family and town are very proud of your accomplishments.

If you missed previous book talks about the book Music on Martha’s Vineyard, the next one will be held during Friday Morning Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Friday, Oct. 31, 10–11:30 am. The guest speaker will be Tom Dresser, the author. Then on November 6, at 6:30 pm, another event for the book will be held at the Oak Bluffs Library. Liam Weiland will play a few songs to open the event and Tom Dresser will speak about researching and writing the musical history of the Vineyard. Mary Jean Miner and Vintage Voices will sing a few numbers as well. All are welcome and there is no charge. Books will be available for purchase

There will be a weekly event at the Oak Bluffs Library, Knitting for Charity, on Thursdays from 2 to 4 pm. Make hats, mittens, and scarves for the Island Food Pantry to distribute this winter. Yarn will be available and there will be  some instruction.

Meditations of Peace will take place in the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 3 pm. There will be peaceful forms of music, prayers, movement, poems and meditation/contemplation. The service is being sponsored by Island clergy, musicians, artists and writers and the interfaith community of Martha’s Vineyard. All are invited to attend. Contact Carolyn Eddy at  508-696-1839.

A Community Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 8,  at the First Baptist  Church Parish House on William Street, Vineyard Haven. A complete family-style meal will include turkey, gravy, potatoes, green bean casserole, squash, cranberry sauce, beverage and pie, all for $15 per person There is limited seating, soplease call  (508) 693-1539 in advance to reserve your place or to purchase tickets for either the 5 or 6:30 pm seating.

Don’t forget the state election on Tuesday, November 4. Bring your red booklet which provides detailed explanations of each ballot question. It might make it a little clearer on the purpose of the questions, but I found myself agreeing with portions of both sides. After seeing what citizens of many countries have to endure just to register and to vote, we all should be grateful that we have this privilege.

We send birthday smiles to Jackie McGillicuddy  on October 31, Barbara Morgan, Anne  Davey and Adam Rebello on November 1, Ryan Gonsalves on the 2nd, James Moreis Sr. on the 3rd, and Randy BenDavid, Kerry Alley, and Jeanne Moore on the 5th. Happy anniversary wishes to Sandra and Nelson deBettencourt on November 5.

Enjoy your week. Peace

If you happened to go by Sailing Camp on Sunday night, you might have thought there was some sort of a disaster because of EMS vehicles and cars in the parking lot. But fear not, it was the OBFD dinner and program to honor recently retired Oak Bluffs fire chiefs and deputies. After a  delicious dinner, prepared by Chef Max Moreis, the ceremony began.  Among those retirees so honored were: Pete Forend, Allan “Buddy” deBettencourt, Bruce O’Donnell, James Moreis, and Tony Ferreira. Officers gave a brief history of each person’s years of service to the town, and their years of devotion totaled well over 125 years. Many hugs all around, humorous remarks and words of appreciation were given to all and it was obvious to everyone that the years of comradery was the core of the closeness of the personnel. There were also a few tugs at the heartstrings of those present and I must admit, I felt a few tugs myself before the evening was over.

Electronic Disposal day is this Saturday, October 25, from 9 am to 2 pm on the campus of MVCS, 111 Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs (across from the high school). Fees range between $2 and $30. There is a 10 percent discount for car loads. This is sponsored by Brunos and all proceeds benefit MVCS.

The Rural Scholars Committee of the Dukes County Health Council is once again sponsoring Rural Scholars from UMASS School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Nursing; the team arrived on October 19 and will stay until  October 30. This year’s project, designed by Martha’s Vineyard Community Service’ CONNECT To End Violence program, will consider Elder Abuse Prevention on the Vineyard, taking a closer look at elder abuse and neglect, prevention strategies, and current services. The scholars will review statistics and literature, and they will interview community members and professionals who interact with and provide services for Island elders. The scholars will present their findings and recommendations at a meeting at the West Tisbury Public Library on Thursday, October 30, 4:30–6 pm.  The public is invited and encouraged to join them.

John Hough Jr. will participate in a Speakeasy series evening on Tuesday, October 28, at State Road Restaurant to benefit the West Tisbury Library Foundation.

The Artist Ball will happen again this year at Dreamland. The hours are 7 to 10 pm on Sunday, October 26. Marla Blakey will be the mistress of ceremonies and the Natural Wonders will provide the great dance music. This event is the culmination of the Fall for the Arts month on the Vineyard. There will be an art installation called Whatever the Outcome created by Craig Miner. Sales of art will benefit the MVCVA’s grant writing for artists and other local non-profit art organizations. For more information, call Holly Alaimo, 508-693-5444.

Just in time for Halloween our library will be the site of a creepy book reading. On Thursday, October 30 from 6 to 7:30 pm, Holly Nadler will read from the 20th anniversary edition of her book Haunted Island.

It’s parent teacher conference time at the Oak Bluffs School. School will be dismissed at 12 noon on those days. Conference dates and times are: October 23, 5–8 pm; October 27, 1–5 pm and October 29, 3–6 pm.

Cancer awareness day at the school is Friday, October 24.  Wear lots of pink and pay $1 to wear a hat. The student council sponsors this event, and all proceeds go to St. Jude’s Hospital for Cancer Research.

Once again Good Shepherd Parish will host its annual Halloween celebration at St. Augustine’s Hall in Vineyard Haven. The party will take place on Friday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 9 pm. All are invited to attend this free event. Prizes and surprises will be awarded for best costumes and themes  There will be snacks and a light supper of hot dogs and soup as well as other refreshments for revelers of all ages. Movies will be shown continuously and games will be available till 9 pm. This celebration provides a safe and warm environment for all trick or treaters and it is supported by many Island businesses. If you would like to assist in any way, your participation would be appreciated. For more information or to volunteer you help, please contact Joe Capobianco at 508-274-1170.

We send birthday smiles to Chris Look III on the 24th, Ann Baird and Addison Blake on the 25th, Ashley DePriest on the 27th, Simone McCarthy on the 28th, Felicia Taylor and Eleanor Tompkins on the 29th, and Sally Leslie Mitchell on the 30th.

Enjoy your week. Peace

Fall is rapidly disappearing over the horizon as we bid farewell to Columbus Day weekend.  Crowds were everywhere, shopping, sightseeing, or just socializing with friends they probably might not see again until Spring. It seems as if even the Saturday rain did not discourage shoppers or some events.

For the first time, my daughter, granddaughter, myself, and even my great grandson decided to hold a yard sale, on the one rainy day of the weekend, Saturday. Postponed until Sunday, we held it in competition with numerous other sales, seemingly on every block. But preparing for the sale was an experience through the past for me. As I browsed through possible items for sale, I found myself scanning old books and items that I had insisted on saving throughout the past years, because “some day” I might need them, or I was absolutely going to finish that handwork that my mother had never completed. I was able to release many of these things that, in my heart, I knew would never be finished or used by me as I realized that the memories that they held for me, I would always have and cherish more than the material items I was letting go.

Many college students returned to their families here for the weekend. Among them were Jackie Swan from Brown University, Matt Marchand from Providence College and my grandson Jeremy Alley-Tarter from Assumption College. As this is their first year of college, they were enthusiastically received by their families with cries of, “I am so glad to see you,” and, “You have grown so much.” And then they were off to greet their friends who they had not seen for a couple of months.

We knew the town was extra busy this summer and this was confirmed as Oak Bluffs Association (OBA) president Dennis daRosa claims an exceptional summer for Oak Bluffs this year. According to Mr. daRosa,  the information booth manager, John Newsom, reported a 30 percent increase in the number of visitors (45,000+) requesting assistance at the booth in July and August this year. And there were also record crowds at both the Harbor Festival in June and Tivoli Day in September with almost double the number of vendors at both events. There are still more events to look forward to: the Artist’s Ball on Sunday, October 26 at Dreamland; the traditional Town Tree Lighting on Wednesday, December 3; and the Annual Santa Sweepstakes beginning on November 29 and continuing through December 19. Many thanks for the hard work and good examples set by OBA member Erik Albert and planning board chairman Brian Packish for organizing “Civic Pride” cleanup efforts that have twice now united citizens of Oak Bluffs to hit the streets with brooms, rakes, and trash bags with the goal of keeping the heavily traveled downtown area clean and much more attractive.

On Saturday, October 18, from 12 noon to 3 pm, the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven will sponsor the first annual Oktoberfest in Vineyard Haven. There will be sausage, homemade sauerkraut, hot dogs, and Offshore Ale root beer sold concession style and an Oompah Band providing music. Crafts, vendors, baked and fresh produce tables will offer items for sale. There will be games for kids: water balloon throw, lucky ducks, a Puppet Show at 2 pm.  Stop by and enjoy the fun for all ages!

Tom Dresser will speak about his new book, ­Music on Martha’s Vineyard, at Friday Morning Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Friday, Oct 31, from 10 to 11:30 am. Tom traces the musical journey of Vineyarders from the days of whaling chanteys and the Tivoli dance hall, to the Moon Cusser Cafe and the Hot Tin Roof, and he will discuss the numerous interviews with Island musicians, as well as the backgrounds of many musical groups.

I think Halloween will be found everywhere this year. The library presents a scary program: Dark Passages, Masters of Horror on Tuesday, October 28, at 6:30 pm. Come and hear works by masters of horror read aloud, including Poe, Hawthorne, and others, read by Holly Nadler, Gwyn McAllister, Gerry Yukevich, and Anna Marie D’Addarie. Good, scary fun!

We send birthday smiles to granddaughter Kayla Bryn deBettencourt, Richard Mello Sr., and Janice Duarte on October 17, Vincent Frye and Fritz Knight on the 18th, Erich Luening on the 19th, Nathan Francis, Saige Araujo and Jeannie Holenko share the 20th, and Judy Williamson the 22nd.

Enjoy your week.  Peace.

We knew the warmer weather could not possibly last forever, still it was a bit startling when I awoke Monday morning and the temperature was only 34 degrees. Some of the fall flowers seem to survive a bit longer in the cooler weather, but the majority give the appearance of giving up and falling over. For the first time this fall I had to turn my heat on. But not having to do so until October is a reflection on the weather we had these past few months. Now we are headed to the last holiday weekend for the fall which means a resurgence of crowds and events.

The Oak Bluffs School Class of 2015 is holding a fundraiser for the class trip to Philly. There will be a multi-family yard sale and bake sale on Monday, Oct. 13, at 82 Alpine Avenue from 9 am to 2 pm. At the same time, and at the same location, they will also hold a car wash, rain or shine. Let’s support these ambitious students in their fundraising efforts.

A Halloween twist has been added to the third annual Walk for the Animals on Saturday, October 18, at Tradewinds Park in Oak Bluffs (rain date: Monday, October 19). Participants are encouraged to bring their pets in costumes to the Oak Bluffs School. Prizes for the Best Costumes will be awarded in three categories according to the age of the person who created the costume: 12 and under, 13 to 19, and 20 and older.

Anyone who likes to walk is welcome, whether you have a pet in costume (or not) or you just want to walk by yourself or with two-legged friends. Walkers may start any time between 10 am and 12 noon. The flat course winds through the woods along the old landing strip with many cutoff points for those who want to do a shorter version. Parking and Registration will be available at the Oak Bluffs School on Tradewinds Lane in Oak Bluffs where the course starts and finishes. Water will be available for both humans and the pets along the course.

A Kurt Vonnegut Celebration on Saturday, October 11, from 10:30 am to 2 pm at the library will feature  a traveling Vonnegut display. You may try out a vintage typewriter or create library card art. Then at 10:30 am, there will be a documentary screening of “2081” and at 12 noon, a staged reading of “Who am I This Time?” This is a free event.

The library will hold a Fossil Day Craft for Kids on Wednesday, October 15, at 3:30 pm. Come and make dinosaur footprints. This event is for ages 2 and up, with a parent. Then on National Fossil Day, Thursday, Oct. 16, from 4 to 7:45 pm, there will be a huge fossil display. Q&A with experts. Bring your fossils. This is a  family event, free and for all ages.

Here is a heads-up for the MVRHS Minnesinger Silent and Live Auction Benefit on Saturday, Oct. 25. It will be held from 6 to 9 pm at Dreamland in Oak Bluffs. The $25 cost  includes hors d’oeuvres, chowder bar, desserts and cash bar. Tickets are available from any MVRHS Minnesinger or at the door. For more info call 508-939-4053. The proceeds go towards the Minnesingers Scholarship Fund to help offset their travel and trip expenses abroad in April where they will be performing at several venues, including local schools and churches.

The 25th Annual Oak Bluffs Columbus Day 5K Road Race & 1 Mile Fun Run takes place on Sunday, October 12, and will benefit the Oak Bluffs class of 2015. The 5K Race (starts at 11 am) 5K Walk (starts at 11am) walkers may NOT run the course. The 1 Mile Fun Run starts at 10:30 am. Registration is at the Wesley House. The entry fee is $ 20 for the 5K run and 5K walk.

The 24th annual Martha’s Vineyard CROP Walk for Hunger will be held on October 19.  The walk starts at 2 pm with check in at St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven at 2:30 pm.  The walk is from St. Augustine’s to Trinity Church in Oak Bluffs, and back.

We send birthday smiles to Todd Rebello and Mabel McCarthy on October 9; my grandson Benjamin Alley shares the 10th with Anita Billings and Maximus Metell; Zach Sweeney, Joe deBettencourt, my sister Joyce Wadsworth, and Kristen Mathias on the 11th; Marty Nadler and Alexis Moreis on the 13th; Jen Combra on the 14th; Diane Claussen on the 15th; and Renee Balter on the 16th.

Enjoy your week.  Peace.

Come celebrate National Fossil Day at the Oak Bluffs Library on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 4 pm to 7:45 pm. Everyone is invited to bring fossils to show others, inquire about, or just to see what others bring.

Back by popular demand, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is once again celebrating the faces of Martha’s Vineyard with a second “Island Faces” portrait competition in collaboration with Featherstone Center for the Arts. The contest is open to the public, ages 15 and up, and the artwork must be a two-dimensional painting, drawing, photograph, or mixed-media (no larger than 3′ by 3′). It must be a new work, created in 2014 or early 2015. The artwork must depict a Martha’s Vineyard resident, either year-round or seasonal. It can also be a self-portrait. Submit artwork (300 dpi or higher) no later than March 1, 2015, for the first round of judging. Please send all images and contact information to acarringer@mvmuseum.org, or bring/send to the museum on a CD or flash drive.

Booktoberfest Crafts for Kids will be held at our Oak Bluffs library on Saturdays, Oct. 4, 11, and 18, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. There will be crafts for kids, all ages, bookmarks, door hangers, journals, and a different craft each week, all free.

Then Spooky Stories for Kids will be the theme on Friday, Oct. 10 at 3:45 pm. Hear spooky stories and visit the cemetery. There will be glow-in-the-dark craft for ages 4 and up with a parent, and it’s free.

ACE MV Fall Classes start the week of Oct. 6, so register now online at acemv.org. There is a late fee for registering on the first day of class.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, come to the Harvest Festival at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. The festival runs from 10 am to 3 pm, and admission is free. The $ 5 parking fee is to benefit the M.V. Public Charter School. There will be workshops, panels, an open stage, and a community supper from 5 pm to 7:30 pm, with live music and dancing from 5 to 10 pm.

Congratulations to Colleen Farrissey, who recently received her RN degree from Cape Cod Community College. Colleen’s parents, Kathy and Andy Farrissey, are quite proud of their daughter’s achievements, as are her grandparents, Bill and Maureen Anderson.  Congratulations, Colleen, you have a very promising future ahead of you.

The First Congregational Church of West Tisbury and its director of music and organist, David Rhoderick, invite you to enjoy a very special performance on Oct. 5 at 3 pm at the church. Come and experience the wonder of these moving compositions. Enjoy the classic and familiar Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and the seven songs of Thompson’s “Frostiana,” which celebrates the poetry of Robert Frost. Doors open at 2:30. The concert is presented by the West Tisbury Congregational Choir and Fall for the Arts. Admission is $15 for the performance, and students are free. For more information, call 508-693-2842.

I have just received word of the death of John (Blinoff) Folliot of Greenville, Md. John was a member of the Tisbury High School class of 1953, and one of my classmates. Condolences to his wife and family.

Mass Audubon’s Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary welcomes one and all to a free event on Sunday, Oct. 12, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Fern and Feather Day Camp. The family-friendly celebration from 11 am to 3 pm at the sanctuary will focus on fun, food, music, and memories. Since 1964, the day camp has been teaching children about the wonders of the natural world, and lots of alums, former staff, and folks that just love Felix Neck are expected to attend and share stories.

On Oct. 12 (Sunday of Columbus Day weekend) at 4 pm, M.V. Chamber Music Society artistic director and pianist Delores Stevens, violinist and composer Maria Newman, and percussionist Martha Thatcher will play a free Dedication Concert at the brand-new West Tisbury Free Public Library.

We send birthday smiles to Grace Vanderhoop, Elyse Madeiras, and Bob Blythe on Oct. 2,

Will deBettencourt and Marc Hanover on the 3rd, Robert Moreis and Mikaella Blake on the 6th, Donna Joyce on the 7th, and Ann Knight and Daniel Blake on the 8th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

The cooler temperatures are creeping in more frequently, but occasionally warmer days fool us into thinking that summer is everlasting as they tease us with unexpected heat. How worrisome to see how dry everything is, as no longer is our view of the landscape one of lush green but brown dying grass and drooping perennials and leaves. We are now wishing for rain that is so badly needed.

Along with the cooler weather comes the annual migration of the spiders, whose path seems to be directly through my house. Never have I seen such a strange variety: small black ones, swinging tiny tan ones, and then the marathoners, who scurry across the floors so swiftly that they vanish out of sight before I can swat them. It makes me wonder if rumor has it that my home is a branch of Ramada Inn for spiders.

Our library wants to remind patrons that starting Oct. 1 through Feb. 25, 2015, the Alphabits Storytime program runs every Wednesday at 10:30 am. There will be songs, stories, and alphabet crafts with Ms. Zoe. This program is for ages 1½ to 5 years old, and there will be a new letter each week.

Congratulations to Tristian Gromoshak, an Oak Bluffs fifth grader. Tristian was awarded honorable mention for his drawing for the 2014 Kids Day T-shirt contest for the annual Bluefish Derby, and was awarded $25 in “fins” (checks from the Derby to spend at Island businesses).

On Sept. 30, Flatbread Co. will host a benefit night for the West Tisbury Library Foundation.

A celebration of the life of Chilmark resident Beatrice “Beach” Phillipps Bennett, beloved wife of Bill Bennett, is Sunday, Sept. 28, at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury from 2 pm to 5 pm. If anyone would like to bring a dessert to share, they would be very welcome to do so.

The ACE MV Course Sampling Fair is Wednesday, Oct. 1, at MVRHS from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Come meet the teachers, register for classes (36 different classes being offered), and sample delicious food prepared by their cooking instructors. Reminder: There is a $10 late fee if you sign up on the day of the course, so register now. For more info, call Diane Abbot at 508-693-9222.

This Friday, Sept. 26, is your last chance for the season to have one of Grace Church’s famous lobster rolls, which are sold from 4 pm to 7:30 pm, along with a cold beverage and chips. Assorted pies and hot dogs are also available. For information or to order in advance, call 508-693-0332.

“Meditation and Mindfulness: Calming the Mind, Reducing Stress, Optimizing Well-Being” led by Elliott Dacher, M.D., begins its fall session on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Classes are held Wednesday evenings at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Medical Staff Library, 6 pm to 8:15 pm. The eight-week series is co-sponsored by the hospital and the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard. Preregistration is required. Tuition is $150, $130 for YMCA members, $75 for hospital employees. For more information, email Iryna Demedenko at MVHmeditation@partners.org or call 508-957-9476.

Saving the best for last, heads-up for a another delicious Portuguese-American Club fish fry on Oct. 2 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Head to the club and enjoy this always tasty dinner with many tempting sides and numerous desserts.

We send birthday smiles to Susie Wallo on the 26th; Dennis Rose, Lauren Metell, and Keilla Geddis on the 27th; Martin Moreis, Raymond Dahill, and Zachary Mathias on the 28th; and Happy Anniversary wishes to Bernie and Mark Crossland on Oct. 1.

Enjoy your week. Peace.