The most intriguing bird of this week is the varied thrush seen in Dodger’s Hole in Edgartown by Ira Certner and Dorie Godfrey on Nov. 18.
Lagoon Pond was closed to scalloping on the Vineyard Haven side, effective Wednesday morning. At a meeting Tuesday, the Tisbury selectmen voted to follow the shellfish constable’s recommendation to close the pond, but decided to keep the outer harbor open until Dec. 31.
The Felix Neck Fall Festival is nothing to quack about; the 35-year-old tradition is back again with a duck theme. On the Friday following Thanksgiving, crowds of people will gather at Felix Neck for a celebration of wildlife, autumn and community.
The All-Island school committee voted to certify a $5.9 million superintendent’s shared services budget early this week. The final budget is a 2.35 per cent increase over last year.
At 2 p.m. Tuesday Melinda Loberg’s cherry red Jeep was the first vehicle to cross the new Lagoon Pond Bridge. Ms. Loberg honked her horn and her passengers Mark London and Scott Tuttle waved out the windows as the drawbridge officially opened to vehicular traffic.
Ric Burns wants to change the way you think about Thanksgiving. “It’s not just buckled shoes, pointed hats and turkeys,” he said.
James Taylor, the singer/songwriter with deep Vineyard ties and an internationally-known voice, will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Back in the sixties Woody Guthrie played at the Mooncusser, the iconic coffee house that was next door to Phillips Hardware store on Circuit avenue. His son Arlo, who played at the high school for the Nantucket Nectar festival, is famous for the popular Alice’s Restaurant that is played every Thanksgiving on our own WMVY-FM. The song’s catchy refrain: “You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant” suggests the goods one can get at Phillips — Oak Bluffs’ 87-year-old hardware store.
Chilmark will have feasted by the time you read this but as I write the holiday is still to come! We share best wishes with each other for a happy holiday weekend. I am venturing off-Island to practice driving in traffic and to avoid having to do holiday cooking myself.