Well, it is good to be back. Thanks to many glitches with my Internet, I was unable to send the column in last week. You will notice my new e-mail address above.
I will include some of the news that was missed out on last week, but of course some of it was time-sensitive, so I apologize for missing some of your news.
The tech imps omitted Christine Gaskill's name from her party info. She was the guest of honor at a party celebrating her 94th birthday on October 14. Guests included her grandsons Glen and Jon Gaskill, daughter-in-law Ellen Gaskill, niece Martha Luce, and Christine's friend Irene Dugan. Ellen's sister Liz Wilson helped with this wonderful family celebration.
The weekly Edgartown suppers have started up again each Monday at the Old Whaling Church (Edgartown Liturgical Arts Center) in the Baylies Room. Doors open at 5 pm. Suppers are free and all are welcome.
The Island Food Pantry is opened for the winter on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2 to 4 pm at the Stone Church (Christ Mission Life Center) in Vineyard Haven. Clothes To Go is also open there on Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as Saturday from 9 to 11 am.
The Chamber Music Society will present Delores Stevens, Artistic Director, in a Thanksgiving Concert at 7:30 pm, November 26. The concert will be held at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.
Congratulations to Heather and Shaun DePriest on the birth of their daughter, Bianna Violet DePriest. Proud grandparents are Mark and Bernie Crossland of Oak Bluffs and Ashley DePriest.
R. Brendan Penney successfully defended his doctoral dissertation this past September, completing the requirements for his PhD. Brendan's proud relatives include his parents Dr. Robert Penney and Barbara Grothe-Penny of Middlesex, Vermont, and his Vineyard relatives, paternal grandparents Bob Penney and Betty Daniels and an exceptionally great aunt, Barbara Hoyle. This past summer, Colin Penney, another Penney, was point leader for Habitat for Humanity's Bike and Build Program. He led a group of 35 bikers from Providence, R.I., to Seattle, Wash.
Happy anniversary wishes to Sandra and Nelson deBettencourt on November 5.
The Martha's Vineyard Museum announces a new portrait contest entitled "Island Faces," which will open as an exhibition next summer. In collaboration with Featherstone Center for the Arts, the museum is celebrating the faces of Martha's Vineyard and inviting portrait entries through February 29, 2012. Entry forms and additional details are available on the museum's website. Visit mvmuseum.org.
The museum also announces a new deal for Island residents this fall, winter, and spring. Beginning on Saturday, November 5, the museum will begin offering free admission (or pay what you can) to Vineyard residents every Saturday. On November 3, Mark C. Wilkins will be in the Museum Library discussing his book, "Cape Cod's Oldest Shipwreck: The Desperate Crossing of the Sparrow-Hawk."
Eva Faber from Edgartown, Andrew Randall from Chilmark, and Cerina Gordon from West Tisbury took another step towards becoming future leaders. These youth leaders are developing the Martha's Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative's Sustainable Vineyard 2012 Report and Map. They will present it to the selectmen of Tisbury, the first town to vote to become a Green Community, being developed by John Bugbee, Town Administrator.
Hospice of Martha's Vineyard will have Handmade from the Heart again this Christmas season and they would like to invite all local artisans and bakers to contribute to this holiday fundraiser. Hospice is seeking any unique handmade items, including jewelry, needlepoint, knitted items, paintings, photographs, and more. The items will be sold at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown on December 10 from 10 am to 4 pm. Anyone interested in donating can call Terre Young at the Hospice office, 508-693-0189.
The spirit of fall lives on, thanks to the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School Scarecrow Festival. A record number of businesses, 67, participated this year, with the strongest showing in Oak Bluffs. All scarecrows came down on November 1, but many builders will be bringing them to the porch of the Mansion House for an additional group display until the following Sunday.
Storytimes at our library are in full force with Toddler Storytime on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 am and Preschool Storytime from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm. Themes are New Books on November 9 and on November 16, Turkeys. Saturday, Nov. 5, at 10:30 am
is Bilingual Story time. There will be English/Portuguese stories with Jane Sampaio. This is for age 3-5 years.
The ninth annual holiday gift show at Featherstone Center For the Arts will take place from November 19 through December 18. The show is open from noon until 4 pm daily. All gifts are handmade by local Island artists.
We send belated birthday smiles to Ashley DePriest, Simone McCarthy, Felicia Taylor, Eleanor Tompkins, Sally Mitchell, Jacquie McGillicuddy, Barbara Morgan, Ann Davey, Adam Rebello, and Ryan Gonsalves .
Smiles to James Moreis Sr., Randy Bendavid, Kerry Alley, and Jeanne Moore on November 5, Susan Peters on the 6th, followed by Wendy Rose on the 7th, and Mark Landers on November 8.
Enjoy your week.