‘Tis the season to be thankful. What are you thankful for? Perhaps friends and family top your list. Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones who claims good health. Maybe it’s the simplicity of having a good day with a few minutes to yourself to reflect on what you have accomplished — even if it was something as uncomplicated folding fresh laundry. Good food and drink, warm shelter, a loving pet, a favorite book to read or song to listen to are all things that may top your list.

This is also a time of year that provides opportunities to give of yourself. Consider participating in the Family-to-Family program. For $25 you can purchase a complete Thanksgiving meal for a family in need. This meal includes a turkey, bags of apples, oranges, carrots, potatoes, and onions, along with a squash, stuffing mix, pumpkin pie mix, cranberry sauce and eggs. Please send checks to Vineyard Committee on Hunger, PO Box 4685, Vineyard Haven, 02568 and indicate it is for F2F in the memo field on the check. What a great way to share at Thanksgiving.

What comes up quickly after the turkey and all of the fixin’s have filled your belly? Those gift giving holidays are fast approaching and there are plenty of opportunities to shop for unique items nearby.

Scott McDowell has been busy tapping copper at the Copperworks on Basin Road. You can find Scott or Annette, or perhaps on occasion both, in the shop seven days a week. Monday through Thursday the heat is on and the door is unlocked from 12 noon to 3 pm. Friday through Sunday, their hours are a bit longer, 11 am to 4:30pm. Great holiday gifts are available and shopping can be done through December 31.

Featherstone will open November 22, through December 19 for its 11th Annual Holiday Gift Show. Dozens of Island artists will provide what easily could be a one-stop shopping event for those of you who are a bit leery of pounding the pavement looking for just the right something for Grandpa Joe or Grandma Georgina. The preview party will be held Friday November 22, 6–8 pm. Regular hours will be from 12 noon to 4 pm daily with the exception of Thanksgiving.

In the wake of last spring’s fire at the Grey Barn and Farm the Glasgows had to close their farm stand and draw from within to begin the process of evaluating and rebuilding. The sign is back up at 22 South Road and, without further adieu, the stand is, once again, open daily from 7 am to 7 pm. Organic raw milk along with pork, beef, and eggs are ready to make their way to your stomachs.

Rick and Kim Simonsen were down this past weekend to put their Flanders Lane home to bed for the winter.

Jessica and Mariah Campbell are no longer children. It’s hard to believe that those little girls that used to put on musical performances in my living room, hold dance parties, paint nails and bake cookies during their many, many sleepovers and always leave socks and sometimes shoes behind are now 18. On a serious note, according to the 26th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, they have acquired the right to vote. They will graduate from high school in the spring and head off to college in the fall. How did this happen so fast? This is a very real reminder of the fact that my very own daughter is only a short distance behind. Happy Birthday Riah and Jess. My, how you’ve grown.

There has been some noise and excitement at Native Earth Teaching Farm this past week. At least two of their young barn owls have taken to the sky on their first flights. These lanky birds with their pale bodies and big eyes are strictly nocturnal silent predators. Go outside, listen for their trill raspy call. It’s what you expect to hear on a dark fall night. When you hear them, you know they are out on the hunt. Perhaps you are lucky enough to have one near you eliminating the abundance of rats and mice this time of year.

The Chilmark School kids are headed to Native Earth tomorrow. Randy and Rebecca have some fun plans for them and maybe a story about their owls taking flight will find its way into conversation.