The affordable Small Treasures show at the Louisa Gould Gallery runs through the end of December. This has a wide range of Island-made art which make for great gifts for oneself. The Gallery is open daily until December 31 from 11 am to 4 pm. You are invited to a closing reception on Saturday from noon to 4 pm. See new works by Doug Kent, Kate Huntington, Donna Blackburn, Paul Beebe, Katie Prisco, Warren Gaines, and Kathy Poehler. Holiday treats, champagne, and drinks will be served.
Have a free cup of coffee at the Vineyard Haven Library on Sunday afternoons throughout the winter. The library will be closed on New Year's Day and will close at 1 pm on New Year's Eve.
Celebrate the New Year at the library on Sunday, January 6. The performance on the mini-grand concert harp by Nathaniel Horwitz will begin at 4 pm. Start the new year off right with a beautiful concert followed by refreshments.
Mark your new calendar for another special event at the library. You will enjoy scenes from Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" and Noel Coward's "Private Lives" presented as staged readings on Sunday, January 13, at 2 pm. The program is free with refreshments following.
See performers Mike Adell, Ellie Beth, Myra Stark, and Eric Turner along with Linda Comstock, Leslie J. Stark, and Rise Terney. Elaine Eugster will introduce the program and read the stage directions. They are part of the Peter H. Luce Play Readers. The group meets every Wednesday at the Tisbury Senior Center from 9 am to noon; they read plays of every era. Anyone interested is invited to join them. The group is named for its founder, Peter Luce, who died in 2007.
This new year the Mansion House and the Goldsteins celebrate 28 years on Main Street and again host a Slumber Party for Island residents through January. All rooms are $28 per person, based on double occupancy. Besides a night away without a ferry reservation, this special includes all the amenities: health club, pool, steam, sauna, hot tub, and breakfast. Walk to the bookstore, window shop, have dinner at Zephrus, and star gaze on the Cupola Deck. Owners Sherm and Susan Goldstein look forward to seeing friends and neighbors enjoying the Inn.
The Unitarian Universalist Society presents Meditations of Pema Chodron next Sunday at 11 am with Reverend Amy Freedman. As the calendar turns another year, the service will focus on how to live with uncertainty, face our fears, and cultivate a loving heart. The readings are drawn from the American Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron: "We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us and make us increasingly resentful and afraid or we can let them soften us and make us kinder."
The not summer issue of Martha's Vineyard Magazine features life planning with financial consultant Jill Hansen of Vineyard Haven as well as finding enlightenment through meditation.
We enjoyed our Christmas holiday in Virginia where we went to a party hosted by a Mayhew family unrelated to the Island Mayhews. I hope you all enjoyed happy holidays with loved ones and remembered to count your blessings. Sometimes we don't appreciate how fortunate we are.
Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary to Hank and Linda Unczur. They party on the first.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Peter VanTassel, Toby Riseborough, and Denise Dorsey Cafarelli. They celebrate on Saturday. Best wishes to Ron Druett who parties in New Zealand on Sunday. Mark Kurth, Steve Bernier, and Jeremy Rockman light candles on the first. Wish the best to John Chapman on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: Begin the new year as you mean to continue: be happy and healthy.