Oak Bluffs: Thanksgiving is coming


Thanksgiving coming up already? Wasn’t it just Labor Day? But look at the trees, now mostly naked of leaves, and the ground, which is covered with those discarded leaves. Is it even possible to ever finish raking up all of them? The beautiful fall color landscape has mostly disappeared, so we will have to be content with our own fall decorations, and I am sure before Thanksgiving is over, Christmas and holiday decorations will abound.

Here is your chance to have up to six of your prized objects appraised. The Martha’s Vineyard Museum will host its annual Appraisal Day with Skinner, Inc., on Saturday, Dec. 5, in the museum library in Edgartown. Items may be consigned for sale by Skinner, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the museum. Reservations are required, and are now being accepted. Appraisal Day will be held from 9 am to 3 pm. Appraisal of one item is $15, and three items are $40. You may call 508-627-4441, ext. 123, to reserve space.

Thanksgiving will come a few days early to the Oak Bluffs library. Come celebrate “Turkey Day” on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 am to noon. You will learn how to make a turkey puppet, play turkey games, and tell what you are thankful for. This is an event for all ages. Remember that the library will be closed on Nov. 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday

The Federated Church of Edgartown will hold its sixth annual Festival of Wreaths on Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 7 pm in the Parish House in Edgartown. Originally designed and hand-decorated wreaths for home and business will be on display in the Meetinghouse, for sale at $45, $55, and $65, depending on your generosity. This year there is no admission fee to the Parish House Party. Proceeds will benefit the maintenance of the 1832 Sara Mayhew Parsonage.

The annual Thanksgiving Concert by the Chamber Music Society will be Saturday evening, Nov. 28, at 7:30 pm at the Whaling Church in Edgartown, with a preconcert talk at 7 pm by Victoria Stevens. You may go to the website mvcms.org for full details of the program of music to be played.

Last week many out-of-town, and out-of-state, friends and family came to attend the funeral services for Donald Billings. They came from Colorado, Georgia, Maine, and Connecticut. As you see, not only Islanders came to honor Donald.

OK, get ready for another theater performance by Oak Bluffs School students. On Friday, Nov. 20, and Saturday, Nov. 21, from 7 to 9 pm and on Sunday, the 22nd, at 2 pm, the musical “Shrek Jr.” will be held. The school always has outstanding performances by their students, and I am sure this will be one also.

The annual Felix Neck Fall Festival will take place on Friday, Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving, from 11 am to 3 pm. Everyone is invited to enjoy hayrides, music, food, crafts, wreathmaking, and other activities. The rain date is the next day.

Sincere condolences to the family of the late Bob Phillips. Bob was a familiar figure for many years at his family store Phillips’ Hardware, and also at Farm Neck Golf Club. We are so very sorry.

We send birthday smiles for the month of November to Aidylberg residents Doris Gregory and Joseph Scanlan, Woodside Village residents Marjorie Toenges, Phyllis Dunn, Nancy Eddy, Paul Schultz, Judith Andrews, Barbara Dugan, Sylvia Rogers, Ilka List, and Mary Gazaille. Smiles to Jake Ponte on Nov. 20, Susan deBettencourt on the 21stt, Gina deBettencourt on the 23rd, and Talia Luening and Pam Herman on the 24th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.