Shoppers were really into the season on Sunday. Santa came down Main Street atop the fire engine. He was on his way to the firehouse to receive requests from the youngsters. The firemen were having fun, too, tooting the horn and loudly running the siren while Santa waved at all the folks on the sidewalk. Then, to our surprise, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer came walking up the street, tapping on shop windows to get our attention. It’s a happening town.

There are mixed reviews about the colored lights decorating the light poles on Main Street this year. The beautification committee paid for this with the port fees collected on SSA tickets.

Some think this is an attractive addition. Others are not as complimentary. It took a few years for the Tisbury Business Association to convince the Main Street businesses to decorate shops and windows with tiny white lights to create the effect of a special sparkling winter fairyland in our community.

All will sadly bid farewell to the big penguins decked out for the holidays in the window of Bramhall & Dunn. We will miss them.

The Vineyard Committee on Hunger (VCOH) still needs your help for holiday dinners for hungry Islanders. Family to family means your family pays $25, the cost of one family’s meal. Send your check, marked for Family to family, to VCOH, PO Box 4685, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

The Baptist Church Christmas tea is this Saturday from 2 to 4 at the parish hall on William Street. Adults are $7, children only $4. Homemade cookies will give you a lift so you can do more shopping. If you don’t care for tea, you can also find wonderful gifts here.

This Sunday at 5 pm enjoy an evening of Christmas stories with Susan Klein at Grace Church. The program is appropriate for ages 8 and up. Tickets are $15.

The Old Stone Church has an historic stained glass window called Welcoming Christ. It is on the east side. It is also in need of repair. To help fund the repair the Methodist Church will host two performances of a modern Christmas pageant called “As a Witness” at the Whaling church in Edgartown. Sunday’s performance at 6 pm follows the candlelight service at 5:30 pm. Monday’s performance is at 6 pm following the regular community supper in the Baylies room at 5 pm. A $5 offering is requested.

Tuesday’s movie at the library is “The Debt” with Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson. Even the best secret agents carry a debt from a past mission. This espionage thriller was filmed in the U.K, Budapest, and Tel Aviv. The film begins at 7 pm.

Next Wednesday is the Winter Solstice Celebration of Poetry and Song at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library. Some of your talented neighbors will perform: Justen Ahren, Ellie Bates, Jill Jupen, Francesca Kelly, Lee McCormack, Clark Myers, Fan Ogilvie, Barbara Peckham, Valerie Sonnenthal, Daniel Waters, William Waterway, and Michael West. From poetry to tunes from a Native American flute, the evening is a true celebration. Admission is free. Bring food or a beverage to share. If you want to read or sing, call William Waterway at 508-627-4929 or Ellie Bates 508-627-9017.

The Mansion House Health Club wants you to shape up after the holidays. Winter rates will run until April 30. Take advantage of $12 walk-in visits and lowered prices on one month and three-month memberships. Try a new class or warm up in the hot tub and pool.

Martha’s Vineyard Magazine has an issue for Not Summer 2011–12. There is no question that this is the version for Islanders: I love the phrasing, Not Summer. Get an inside look at the Dukes County Jail and hiking tips for cold weather as well as the basics of winter biking. Also see the real story behind an accident that left two men dead at the Island airport in World War II.

Plan ahead. Little ones aged five and under will have storytime on December 27 at 10:30 am. Only one storytime will be held at the library that week, featuring a story and short cartoons.

That evening at 7 pm see “Little Women” with Winona Ryder and Susan Saradon.

Congratulations to Fred and Jill LaPiana who celebrate their anniversary next Thursday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out next Thursday to Vera Shorter.

Heard on Main Street: Be naughty. Save Santa the trip.