Beautiful sunny days for beach walks. Maybe snow this week, as the temperatures drop, and it really begins to feel like winter may be coming. The night skies have been star-filled, moon-filled, dark and icy clear. The first lighted windows and outdoor Christmas trees are seen through leafless woods.
I caught a glimpse of and a quick hug from Bea Whiting, home from nursing school for her holiday. Gina, Davis, and Isla Jane Solon joined the rest of the family for Thanksgiving dinner at Allen and Lynne's.
Gary and Dinny Montrowl hosted the festivities for a collection of Montrowls, Riggses, Fielders, and Joneses at their home on Tiah's Cove Road.
Deborah and Katie Mayhew traveled to Maine to spend Thanksgiving with 35 members of Todd Follansbee's extended family. That had been their tradition and it has been maintained. Upon their return, there was a second Mayhew Thanksgiving, with Shirley, Jack and Betsey, Caroline home from D.C., and joined by two former UCLA friends now living in Boston.
Sam and Kathy Stevenson had both their son and daughter with them. Best of all, Becky's husband and son volunteered to do all the cooking. Sam had been charged with the shopping, assembling a sizable list of ingredients sent ahead by the chefs-to-be.
Ted Murphy, Ann DuCharme, and their children, Teddy and Julia, spent their holiday at the Murphy house on Music Street. Ann's parents, Bob and Linda DuCharme, her brother, Peter, and a friend of Teddy's from Berklee, classical pianist Dylan Jones, rounded out the group.
Marilyn and Warren Hollinshead had most of their family with them for Thanksgiving. Anne and Ted deCourcey with their children, Emma and Matthew, came from Arlington. Dana and Todd Gill, with their children, Evan and Lauren, arrived from Medford. Ellen Hollinshead and her husband, Jeffrey Bergeron, came from Breckenridge, Colorado. Ever the children's book enthusiast and purveyor, Marilyn told me, "At the moment I have a 22-month-old asking for 'Harold and the Purple Crayon.'" One of the best books ever.
Dee and Doug Quesnel came from Vermont to spend the holiday with Dee's parents, Norman and Kathy Lobb. They were accompanied by Doug's mother, Doreen, his sister, Laura, with her boyfriend, Glen. "A houseful," as Dee put it.
Fred and Ursula Ferro and their daughter, Tova, enjoyed dinner with Marjory and Robert Potts at the Potts's house.
Chris, Sheila, Katie, Juliet, and Andrea Morse had 12 guests around their dining table, everyone bringing something to share. Warren Morse brought the corn pudding. Robin Nagle roasted a sugar pumpkin stuffed with bread, Gruyère, herbs, and cream, that was her, Kevin's, and Alex's contribution to the meal.
Andrea and George Hartman had a full house, with Andrea's daughters, Nina and Ellen Gabel-Jorgensen, Nina's daughter, Alison, and beagle, Buddy, Ellen's husband Peter, with his father and brother, all arriving from off Island. After the meal was served, Andrea headed off to the Ag Hall to set up her display of beaded jewelry for the weekend Artisan's Show.
Steve and Sandy Atwood headed up to Marblehead for the day for Thanksgiving dinner with Sandy's brother, David.
Suzi and Bob Wasserman continued a tradition of 17 years, sharing Thanksgiving with a couple from Bosnia who now live in Burlington. They met Sabrina and Niez Routhina through mutual friends from Bosnia when Bob was working over there. The Routhina children, Meri and Ned, and Bill and Ted Wasserman, rounded out the assembled guests. They were joined over the weekend by Sarah Wasserman and Brian Bassett and their children, Henry and Hugh, who had spent Thanksgiving Day with Brian's family in Connecticut.
Tim Boland and Laura Coit had a quiet holiday at home, just the two of them.
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A Winter Farmers' Market is this Saturday, December 1, 10 am to 1 pm, at the Ag Hall. There will be two more before the season ends.
Linda Alley wants everyone to know that the Vineyard Holiday Gift Shop is open in Vineyard Haven, off Main Street behind the Beach House. It will be open every day till Christmas, from 10 am to 6 pm. Although she couldn't remember who was participating from West Tisbury, Linda said there were several new vendors this year.
The holiday season begins with the 15th Annual Nutcracker Gala at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center this weekend. Dancers from the Atlantic Coast Ballet (formerly Cape Cod Ballet) and the Martha's Vineyard School of Ballet make up the cast. From West Tisbury are: Amelia Kyburg-Abbott, Ellie Pennington, Charlotte Sebastian, Julie Olson, and Deborah and Neil Withers. Performances are Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 pm, and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 pm. Tickets are $15.
The Saturday Recreation Program begins this Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 am to noon, at the West Tisbury School. Art, theater, and sports programs are offered for students in grades 1 through 5. Registration forms are available at the school or Saturday morning at the gym. Cost is $15. Call Peggy Stone at Parks and Rec, 508- 696-0147, for more information.
Follow the signs on New Lane to Marsha Winsryg's house on Saturdays through December, as she opens her home for a sale of African crafts, from 10 am to 2 pm. Tuareg silver jewelry, Ghanian patchwork, Zambian baskets, Tanzanian Kikoy cloth, Mukuni wood carvings, and Zambezi dolls are for sale, all proceeds going to help disabled Zambian children and their families. This year there will be a store in Edgartown, on lower Main Street across from the Wharf Pub, open Fridays from noon to 5 pm, and Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm.
Lovingkindnessmv is having a holiday gift show on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, from 10 am to 4 pm. Gifts include casual clothing and accessories; silk scarves dyed with local plants; tinctures, flower
essences, and bitters, extracted from Vineyard flora; and organic snacks for people and pets. A generous percentage of sales goes to support Hospice of Martha's Vineyard. The address is 129 Indian Hill Road, Tel. 508-687-9847.
Happy Birthday wishes to Matt Merry, whose birthday fell on Thanksgiving this year, November 22, and to Violet Cabot on November 30.