Town Column : Oak Bluffs
Can it be that we are already into November with its teasing weather of sunny days followed by plummeting temperatures? The scenery is lovely, though, and I just wish it would last a bit longer. Now the days are shorter and the early darkness tempts us to stay inside more where it is a bit cozier. And of course November brings with it that Presidential Election. By the time this paper comes out, we will know who our new President will be. We have hopes that changes are coming, but who knows?
We send birthday smiles to Mark Landers on November 8, Todd deBettencourt on the 10th, Amanda Gonsalves celebrates on Veterans Day the 11th, Charlotte Trembath on Nov. 12, followed by Katie Davey on Nov. 13.
Remember Veterans' Day in Oak Bluffs on the 11th by attending the parade, which starts at the Our Market parking lot at 10:45 am and proceeds to Ocean Park for a brief ceremony. In Vineyard Haven at 7:30 am, 410 flags will be raised at the Oak Grove Cemetery in honor of veterans either living or deceased. Everyone is invited to help put the flags up and also to assist in removing them at 3 pm that same day. Please honor our veterans on this day by taking time to attend one of these events.
Everyone is invited to dance and celebrate at the Annual Barn Raisers' Ball on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 7:30 to 10 pm at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury. Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish will play great music and people are asked to bring desserts to share. There is no cost for this fun event sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society.
Just in time, as winter approaches, the Oak Bluffs Library is presenting a lecture on "how to keep your energy bills affordable." Energy consultant Chris Fried will be the guest speaker. The program takes place on Thursday, Nov. 13, at the library from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
Then on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 pm at the library, Dr. Kelly Joyce will lecture on MRI technology. Dr. Joyce is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of William and Mary. She attended the Oak Bluffs elementary school and is a Martha's Vineyard Regional High School graduate. Food and beverages will be provided so come join in for a lively talk and discussion.
Too soon to be thinking about Christmas? You better start keeping a calendar because many organizations already have scheduled Bazaars. On November 22 from 9 am to 2 pm, Island Elderly Housing will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar in Woodside Village II. On sale will be new items, handmade items, baked goods, and used "treasure." This a big event and raises money for a high school scholarship and the Woodside Village Tenants Association. Rita Reynolds is the chairman and she and her committee spend weeks preparing for this event.
A reminder that today, Thursday, Nov. 6, and Wednesday, Nov. 12, are parent-teacher conference days with 12 noon dismissal time. There are also conferences scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13, but only middle-schoolers will have a half-day.
The remarkable Oak Bluffs School Book Fair runs from November 3 to November 14. Come and visit the school during those dates to find some wonderful books and Christmas presents also.
Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.