Oak Bluffs: And so the landscape changes


The familiar carpet of green grass I have been accustomed to view from my windows is slowly being replaced by the russet color of leaves that have been dropping from the trees. Now it is looking like the discarded clothing that perhaps is no longer of use, and the breezes blow some of this color down the road, where it races to catch up with the cars as they drive by. And so the landscape changes again as we travel further along the highway through fall toward winter.

Another familiar season is also in progress at this time of year, and the familiar tradition of hunting also brings with it a warning to please be aware of remaining safe by staying away from the woods at this time, and wearing the familiar florescent orange hats and jackets if you are in or near the hunting areas.

The monthly meeting of the Neighborhood Convention, where everyone is welcome, will be held at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Edgartown on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 11 am. Deborah Medders will be the featured speaker on the subject “Year of the Woman.” Please bring your own brown bag lunch, and the host church will provide beverages and desserts.

And now that another season, the political one, is waiting in the wings, the League of Women Voters wishes to remind you that they meet the first Saturday of the month. The next meeting will be Nov. 2 at 9 am at Howes House in West Tisbury. There will be no meeting in December, but will be in January. No matter what their political inclinations, everyone is invited to these most informative meetings.

The Federated Church in Edgartown invites everyone to celebrate All Saints Day on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 am, which will also be the first service with their new settled pastor, the Rev. Richard S. DenUyl Jr. You are invited to bring a framed photo of someone special in your life who has passed away, to be placed on a special table in front of the pulpit. For more information, call 508-627-4421 or email at officefederatedchurchmv@gmail.com.

The Good Shepherd Parish of Martha’s Vineyard is once again inviting everyone to their Halloween Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4 pm to 8 pm at St. Augustine’s Hall in Vineyard Haven. This is a free event. There will be snacks and a light supper of hot dogs and soup, as well as other refreshments, for revelers of all ages. The celebration provides a safe and warm environment for all the trick-or-treaters, and an opportunity for their accompanying adults to take a break from their rounds. Stop by to show us your costumes and grab a light stick and candy. The Annual Harvest Dinner at the First Baptist Church Parish House in Vineyard Haven takes place on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5 to 6:30 pm. For $17 or $8 for children, you will be served a complete, family-style turkey dinner including mashed potato, stuffing, squash, beverages, and apple or pumpkin pie for dessert.

Head to the P.A. Club on Friday, Nov. 1 for the Halloween fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. There will be prizes for best mask, makeup, and costume, and a fly-away raffle to Boston. It will include a two night’s stay at the Charles Hotel. There is a suggested donation of $10, and there will be a cash bar.

We send birthday smiles to Barbara Morgan, Ann Davey, and Adam Rebello on Nov. 1, Randy BenDavid, Kerry Alley, and Jeanie Moore on the 5th, Susan Peters on the 6th, Wendy Rose and Lana deBettencourt on the 7th, and Mark Landers on Nov. 8.

Happy anniversary wishes to Sandra and Nelson deBettencourt, who will celebrate on Nov. 5.

Enjoy your week. Peace.