I am sure by now we have all driven by the white turkeys in the Whiting's West Tisbury field. Those plump birds will soon be filling houses with the aroma of Thanksgiving. Grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, or whomever it may be, will rise in the wee hours of the morning to baste in preparation for a fine meal. Rather than share the comings and goings of family and friends for this fine holiday, this week I am going to pack my column to the gills with information. Let us give thanks for all the cool stuff we've got going on.
But first: hugs, kisses, and warm welcome wishes to Miss Penelope Louise Athearn. Penny Lou, the sweet baby girl, was born at her home at 25 Homeward Way surrounded by love, care, and kindness at 3:14 am on November 12. Weighing in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces and sizing up at a perfect 21 inches long, she is adored to the moon and back by her parents Meg and Dan, her siblings Clara and Zeb, and a whole community of family and friends who are lining up to babysit the tremendous trio. One more reason to give thanks this holiday season.
Wendy Weldon is selling her paintings, monotypes drawings, and gicleés out of her art studio in Chilmark over Thanksgiving weekend. From 11 am to 4 pm on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, or by appointment, she welcomes visitors and collectors to her studio. She has beautiful canvases and paintings on paper, spanning many years of creating art. For directions, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 508-645-3199. Images of her artwork may be seen on line at www.wendyweldon.com.
Rebecca Gilbert and Randy BenDavid of Native Earth Teaching Farm will host a fiber fair on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10 am to 3 pm. The event is free and open to all ages. They will have fiber arts demonstrations — spinning, knitting — kids games and more. They will have a fine display of woolen items from various farmers. Many wearable gifts including local perfume will be available for sale, so get your holiday shopping done right here locally. Their famous popcorn will be available for all to enjoy while wandering the farm and checking things out.
Susan Sigel Goldsmith shares that Blueberry Inn has been sold to a family who will be converting it to a private home. This Saturday and Sunday, November 24 and 25, from 10 am and 4 pm, there will be a complete liquidation of the commercial kitchen, laundry and inn items. There is a lot of great stuff, all at very reasonable prices: tables and chairs, electronics, upholstered chairs and couches, professional gym equipment, lamps, rugs and some lovely bath and bed linens. Stop in and check it out.
Pam Goff shares that the Chilmark Community Church Soup Suppers begin on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and will run through February in the Church Parish Hall. Meals begin at 5:30 and all welcome.
Ebba Hierta shares that the Off-season Library Café is open. Stop in for a warm drink — coffee, tea or cocoa — and a cookie or two. You can find these tasty goodies to warm your insides while you peruse books and movies to nestle up with in the meeting room during regular library hours.
A quick shout-out to all the families in town with little kids: the Firefighters Association has invited Santa for a visit on December 19. Mark your calendar now. If you are new to town or have had a new wee one since last year please confirm with me so Santa knows to expect him or her.
May your Thanksgivings bring all of your wanderers from afar back home to your hearth. May you be surrounded by family, friends and good cheer. May you tell stories, sing songs, and complain of full bellies. May you take a wander down a path lit by the setting sun. may you enjoy what you have and, perhaps, make your thanks last for more than one day.