Tisbury

Tomorrow all young ones on the Island who are aged 12 and up are invited to a twilight prom at the Oak Bluffs Library from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Celebrate the release of “Breaking Dawn,” part 1. Dress in your finest to enjoy games, trivia, food, and prizes. Top off your fun by getting your picture taken with a life-size picture of Edward Cullen.

I don’t know what they are, but those brilliant red bushes are the brightest thing in town, even challenging the Bradford pear trees. We have one in our yard that we thought was a weed. I can only say I know they are not the red maple, which is always lovely.

Family and friends will gather on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate the life of Kits Blair. She was Catherine but was known as Kits by most of us. Her family invites her friends to come together at 1 pm on that Saturday at the West Tisbury Church for our final farewell.

The face of Main Street is changing. New shops are coming and some familiar ones are moving to different locations in town. We shall miss the fine selections at Bramhall and Dunn. Our town is fortunate because most of our shops are open for our convenience all year round.

You know that you want to eat healthy foods — and you should keep that in mind as the holiday season approaches. I have no problem believing that NIH knows what it is talking about. Of course, broccoli and berries and yogurt are good for you. But, wait a minute, eat more dandelions? Of course, it makes sense that donuts are on the bad list, but no crackers? Then they say that drinking diet soda can be a cause for strokes. I think I need to go eat a chocolate to calm down.

Have you been cleaning out your attic? A special appraisal in two weeks, from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, December 2, will benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. You will meet the vice president of Skinner’s, Stuart Whitehurst. Each guest may bring one item for appraisal (no coins, stamps, jewelry, or musical instruments). The limited reservations are $50 per person. You will have fun and get your appraisal while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres. Call Jessica at 508-627-4441, ext. 117.

Got more good stuff? Come to the M.V. Museum on Saturday, December 3, for the Annual Appraisal Day from 9 am to 3 pm. Note that reservations are required for this one, too. The appraisers from Skinner will evaluate your prized objects for $15 each (three for $40) in the museum library. Items may be consigned for sale by Skinner with a small portion of the proceeds to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Reserve now at 508-627-4441, ext. 110 or e-mail bbingham@mvmuseum.org.

You can stay at home and enjoy Island history. If your interest is in World War II, there is now an online oral history event at www.mvmuseum.org/wwii.php. Listen to several Vineyarders relate tales of experiences on the home front and overseas during WW II. Featured are Tom Hale, Anne Lesnikowski, Hector Asselin, Curtis Jones, Betty Honey, and more. The full interviews can be heard in the Museum Library.

And one thing more on the museum: They want your old costume jewelry for a sale in December. Just drop it off and, while you are there, you can check out the shop for your holiday shopping. Do it on Saturday when Islanders get in free.

The Heath Hen Quilt and Yarn Shop is now closed — but only until spring. Watch this space to find out where you will find the best in yarns and fabrics in the new year.

Get well wishes go out to Marguerite Clark who is recuperating from a broken hip. We hope it stops hurting pretty soon.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Yvonne Ponte tomorrow. Wish the best on Saturday to artist Nancy Furino. Noreen Flanders, and Craig Dripps will be blowing out candles on Sunday. Happy birthday to Marion Burke, Tracy Matthiessen, and M.J. Munafo on Monday. Alexander Ray will party on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: This is my final tribute to Andy Rooney, a wise man who knew how to make us smile. He said, “Computers may save time, but they sure waste a lot of paper.”