West Tisbury

Berry-bearing branches seem extra heavily laden this fall. Hollies, winterberries, junipers, pieris, rose hips. I’m noting the best ones to clip for Christmas decorations. It will be soon, as Thanksgiving is already just a week away.

Emme Brown emailed to announce the preview party for Featherstone’s Holiday Gift Show. It will take place this Friday evening, November 18, from 7 to 9 pm. The show will continue through December 18. Featherstone is open daily from noon to 4 pm.

There will be a Winter Farmers’ Market at the Ag Hall this Saturday, November 19, from 10 am to 1 pm. Linda Alley encourages everyone to come for fresh local produce for your Thanksgiving dinners. West Tisbury vendors are: New Lane Sundries, The Cleaveland Farm, The Good Farm, Vineyard Herbs, Seastone Papers, Flat Point Farm, Ghost Island Farm, Briar Rose Farm, Simply Soaps, and Vineyard Wild Jams. Between them, you can get everything from the turkey itself, bread for stuffing, and all the vegetables you could dream of. Plus jam for your toast the next morning, pumpkins and apples for pies, to a fragrant herb bouquet for your table. Little Rock Farm will serve a hot lunch in front of a roaring fire. Sounds lovely.

Later on the 19th, ACE MV will hold its Second Annual Cultural Festival at the High School from 5 to 9 pm. It will benefit and celebrate the Island’s diversity and culture. Children’s films, fabulous food, music, dance, fashion, and crafts will be highlighted.

For an off-Island cultural experience, the Council on Aging is sponsoring a trip to see La Cage au Folles. There are ten tickets left. George Hamilton is starring in the performance in Boston. Call Joyce for information at 508-693-2896.

Congratulations to our West Tisbury Free Public Library, awarded five stars for the third year in a row. We have the highest circulation among libraries of similar size in the U.S. Wow!

Congratulations, too, to Debbie Phillips. She and her Women on Fire programs were featured in the current issue of MORE magazine. Read all about it.

There will be a Teen Meeting at the library on Monday, November 21, at 4 pm, an opportunity to get ideas for designing a teen room in the new library addition.

For those of you who hold the Internet in the highest possible esteem, I have a story about the reliability of all of its information. I was in SBS last week, listening as a beleaguered Lynlee Gale patiently explained to yet another caller that, although so listed online, this was not the number for Westport Grain. Earlier in the week, Mike and I got an amused call from his mom. A gentleman had telephoned, prefacing his remarks by saying, “I think this is a long-shot, but….” It seems that he had found Hull Antiques listed on the Internet — under Motorcycle Repair.