Tomorrow and Saturday evening the Tisbury School gym will become the jungles of India. The 7th and 8th graders bring Kipling's "Jungle Book" to life on stage. Six students are the stage crew behind the scenes assuring the show runs smoothly. Ben Davey is back to help as our graduate assistant. Kids and parents will delight in familiar songs such as Trust In Me, That's What Friends Are For, and the unmistakable jungle beats of The Bare Necessities and I Wan'na Be Like You.
The Jungle Book is the tale of Mowgli, the boy raised by the wolves Akela and Raksha and hunted by the fierce tiger Shere Khan. As Mowgli grows, Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther teach him the ways of the jungle. In the end, Mowgli must make some choices. Tickets at the door are $7 and $20 for families of four or more. Curtain time is 7 pm. Don't miss this special treat.
Oops. I left out the Saturday hours for Clothes-To-Go at the Stone Church. They are open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2 to 4 but also Saturday mornings from 9 to 11. Now, clean out your closet.
And I gave you the wrong hours for the Methodist Church Holiday Fair on Saturday. From 9 to 2 choose from handmade items as well as used books and such. Their lunch includes a meatball sub and chowder. All this at the parish house at Trinity Park.
The Vineyard Holiday Shop is open daily from 10 to 6 on Spring Street, around the corner from The Beach House. Island made treasures include catnip treats to benefit Felix Neck, delicious candy by Patti Linn, and delightful designs by Elizabeth Edge. There are jams and jewelry and sweet baby things as well.
The Tisbury Business Association is getting ready for the holidays. They want drawings by Tisbury children to put in the windows of shops on Main Street. Tell the children to draw something you are thankful for. Put the child's name and age on the picture and leave it at the Beach House at 30 Main Street before December 12.
Watch for other holiday events of the Twelve Days of Tisbury, beginning December 12. Many shops will have a gift basket raffle to benefit the Island Committee on Hunger. Winners will be called by each store on December 23.
On Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm the Children In The Arts of MV perform in the annual Nutcracker Gala at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center. Thrill to the Nutcracker Prince's triumphant battle with the Mouse King. Delight in darting Snowflakes, Arabian and Spanish dancers and the Sugar Plum Fairy, and watch Clara's dreams come true.
Sixty Island children, several of them talented dancers from our town, join a cast of 14 Atlantic Coast Ballet professionals on the stage. Tickets are $15 general admission and $25 for priority seating at www.ticketsmv.com. A family ticket price is good only on the day of the event: $50 for 2 adults and 3 children in the same family.
Clara will be played by Megan Mendez of Tisbury on Saturday and Alexis Condon of Edgartown on Sunday. Landon Cormie of Tisbury will play Fritz at both performances. Other dancers from our town are Christopher Mendez, PJ Woodford, Emmanuelle Woodford, John Hagen, Hannah Hagen, Tatum Buchwald, and Corbin Buchwald.
Eat healthy and happy because what we eat can affect our overall health. Prudence Athearn Levy MS, RD, will present How to Age Well with Good Nutrition at the Tisbury Senior Center next Wednesday at 1:30 pm. She has ideas (and samples) for healthy edibles that are good for your mind and body. Prudence is an Islander and co-owner of Vineyard Nutrition with her husband, Josh Levy.
Then on Thursday at the Senior Center at 1:30 pm enjoy Charles Blank. He says that the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7 ushered in a period of WW II popular music that bolstered the morale of the troops and those at home. Remember Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and White Cliffs of Dover? Reflect on a time when the world was divided by war. Also meet Molly, an American Doll who represents the early 1940s. Molly has books that tell about the era.
Tis the season: Grace Burton-Sundman, a 2006 graduate of Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, will leave December 8 to work as a volunteer with the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding in Rwanda. She's been told that if she is willing to work, she can help make peace. She will be in Africa at least three months. To stay longer, she will need minimal outside financial support. She has set up a site to explain more about her trip and accept a few dollars from you. Your donation will help cover expenses for medicine, housing, food, and emergency medical treatment. It will give an Island girl the chance to make a positive difference in somebody else's life. For more info, www.youcaring.com/mission-trip-fundraiser/Simple-Graces/28655.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Joseph P. Canha. Saturday belongs to Porter Fraser and David Grey. On Tuesday wish the best to Sarah Wajda.
Heard on Main Street: Take the time to savor special moments every day.