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.