Gobble, gobble! Today is the day all those wild turkeys roaming our neighborhoods mourn the loss of their compadres, all to our culinary delight. (Poor taste? Nope, delicious!) I'll be out in central Mass. with my in-laws, stuffing myself full of, well, stuffing, and watching the Pats give their fans something extra for which to be thankful.
Speaking of football, the word of the past weekend was "Cup," and thanks to our Vineyard football team, the Island Cup will be remaining right here on M.V., where she belongs. That's right, Vineyard beat Nantucket 33-25. Congrats, guys. Good game.
Last week, I had the pleasure of running into Edie Radley, Suzy Whittemore, and Trudy Goff while enjoying a meal at Détente. We all seemed to have the same idea that night, taking advantage of Détente's "Simple Suppers," a special prix-fixe dinner menu offered Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the winter. From the tuna nicoise to the beef bourguignon to the apple tart tatin, every bite was perfection — and not one of us was sent home hungry.
Edgartown had a visit Friday night from our good friend Joe Ginnetti. Joe made the trip down to the rock from his home in Marlborough to have some fun with his buddies, Chris Dolby and Louis Paciello. Joe had much to celebrate, as he just completed a season coaching his son's Wildcats football team to a Patriot Bowl victory.
A warm welcome goes out to Hannah Elizabeth Kurth, who was born November 15 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston to proud parents, Adam and Ashley Kurth. Hannah weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Hannah has a big brother, Evan, who is very excited about her arrival. Her grandparents are Philip and Ginnie Fantasia of Humerock, as well as Sara and Conrad Kurth. Hannah was born only a couple of hours after her Mom's birthday. What a lovely gift.
The Scottish Society of Martha's Vineyard will be having their Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper on Monday, November 29, at 6 pm at the Federated Church. This is a time to reconnect with your SSMV friends and to find out what's happening in the near future. For more information, contact Donna M. Blackburn at 508-627-8747.
If you don't mind leaving Edgartown, the Mansion House continues to offer free classes on Sundays. On November 28 at 3:30 pm, aquatics instructor Brenda Correa will be teaching an Aqua Aerobics class. Brenda has a comprehensive knowledge of exercise physiology due to her studies in Stott Pilates and TRX training, which she integrates in her pool workout. After your workout, try the hot tub, steam room, or sauna. Like I've said before, "free" transcends town lines.
Happy birthday to Chris Lyons who blows out his candles on Thanksgiving Day, to Lee Welch November 26, and to John Morgan November 29. Have fun, fellas!
Happy vacation to everyone who gets to enjoy a couple days off of work this week. While you're out and about, I highly recommend you take a walk down to Dock Street to check out the giant drill set up there for replacing the power lines to Chappy. This thing is something else. It really gives you an appreciation for the kind of technology necessary for comfortable Island living.
In honor of the holiday, I have to offer some thanks here to all of you who read my column. Thank you to all who contribute by sending me your news, to those who pull me aside or stop by my table at dinner to share with me births, graduations, anniversaries, and milestones of all type. To those who have so kindly told me they enjoy my words, my writing, my voice. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. So whether you spend today with turkey, tofurkey, football, or whatever else, know that — particularly because you have made it to this last sentence — I am thankful for YOU.