Oak Bluffs: Thanksgiving’s what you make it

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Thanksgiving is this Thursday, and brings to mind all our ideas of perfect families, perfect dinners, and picturesque, old-fashioned scenery. But life isn’t always like that. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to experience those kind of holidays, but then true life intervenes. I remember a few Thanksgiving holidays that were anything but a holiday. But you learn that it all depends on what you make it, and things do change, most of the time for the better. Sometimes the best solution is to reach out to those who have very little and make their day a bit better, and before you know it, your day gets better. So my wish for all is that your holiday is peaceful and brings you a bit of joy that you share with others.

Sincere condolences to the family and many friends of Peter Simon, who died this past weekend. He brought beauty and color into our lives with his photography, and we shall miss his art in our lives. We are so very sorry.

The NAACP annual Holiday Bazaar will be Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 am to 3 pm. Head to the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging at 21 Wamsutta Ave. and enjoy a silent auction, baked goods, raffles, and vendor tables. If any vendors are interested in having a table for $25, please contact Carrie at 693-2797.

The Oak Bluffs Turkey Trot Race, which raises funds for the Oak Bluffs School eighth grade trip to New York and Philadelphia, takes place Thanksgiving morning at 8:30 am. Registration will be held at the M.V. Chowder Co. at 7:30 am, and is $15. The race starts and finishes at the Oak Bluffs Police Station. Come out and do a short trot before you settle down to dinner, and support the school eighth graders.

The column is brief as we have an early deadline and everyone is busy making holiday plans, so that is the news for this week.

We send birthday smiles to Gina deBettencourt on the 23rd, Talia Luening and Pam Herman on the 24th, Deb Brown and Priscilla Sylvia on the 25th, Nora Jardin, Bill Anderson Jr. and Myrna Rogers Sylvia on the 26th, Lauren Metell and Keilla Geddis on the 27th, and Cayla Morris, Roxann Klein, and James Vanderhoop on Nov. 28.

Enjoy your week, and I hope you get to spend time with those you love on Thanksgiving.

Peace.