Once again, it is the time of year to give thanks. Thanks to our families, our friends, our neighbors. Thanks to our plumbers and sparks, police and EMTs, teachers, doctors, bartenders. And a big kiss on the cheek to whomever it is in your life who makes the best pumpkin pie.

I’ve had reports of those travelling far and staying close to home, as well as those attempting new culinary pursuits. It’s “over the river and through the woods” for Linda and Paul Condlin’s grandkids — or maybe more appropriately, over 495 and through the Sound. Willy Bishop will be staying put to break in the hearth as he celebrates his first Thanksgiving in his new home.

The Shemeths will host family and friends, including visitors from Arizona and Minnesota. The holiday will feature lots of turkey, games, walks, and all around wholesome Island fun. (I had to call out Kara Shemeth on her choice of the word “wholesome” as the last time I attended one of these celebrations, I had my wallet cleaned out playing betting games. She thus revised her report to “Vegas-style fun.”)

Three-year-old Cloe Boccia has been honing her pie-baking skills, which should make for a special first Thanksgiving for new little bro, John. Danielle Pendergraft will be complementing her bird with quahog stuffing.

The Murrays will be visiting for the weekend, no doubt enjoying post-holiday margaritas at Sharky’s, a family favorite, while catching up with Vineyard friends.

The MVRHS class of 2001 will revisit old friendships as they celebrate their ten-year reunion at the P-A Club Friday night. Hopefully everyone will get to toast another victory over Nantucket. It is the eve of the Big Game as I type this, so the jury is still out. (Keep! The! Cup!)

Pulitzer-prize winning author Tony Horwitz will headline the Speakeasy Series of author talks at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, November 29. State Road Restaurant, in collaboration with the West Tisbury Library Foundation is presenting this series of intimate evenings with noted authors to benefit the library’s capital campaign. In addition to hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments, the Speakeasys offer an unparalleled chance to mingle and speak with an author in person. Award-winning poets Fanny Howe and Jennifer Tseng will be featured at the third Speakeasy, on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. Space is limited, so early booking is advised. For more information, or to make reservations, call Carol Brush: 508-693-3489.

Join the Anchors for their annual holiday shopping trip to the Braintree Mall on Wednesday, November 30. Travellers will leave on the 8:15 boat and return on the 6:15. Call 508-627-4368 to reserve your space.

The Library will offer a felting class beginning November 30 under the tutelage of Kathleen Malmquist. The class will take place Wednesday evenings at 6 pm. Possible creations include hats, mittens, and tote bags. Bring your imagination, scissors, and any trims, buttons, etc., that you might want to use. This class is limited to five participants, so hurry up and get in there. To sign up, call 508-627-4221 or visit the library desk.

We have so many Sagittarii to serenade this week. Chris Lyons and Katie Brewer celebrate their days November 25; Willy Bishop, Lee Welch, and Doriana Klumick celebrate November 26; and my cousin John Morgan celebrates November 29. Pie AND cake? You guys have it all!