Things were quiet on Main Street this weekend. Shopkeepers are busy taking inventory and homemakers are putting Christmas away. Somehow it is always more of a job to put everything away than it was to take out the decorations. I like to leave some things out for a while. When I have put away some pieces, then I enjoy the ones remaining for a while.
The Rev. Richard Rego of the Methodist Church notes that the weekly schedule of Island community suppers leaves some days vacant. The Methodist Church offers Monday night community suppers and now will offer free hot meals on Saturday evening in the Trinity Parish House in Oak Bluffs. Pastor Rego says there have been more young families as well as seniors attending. Donations will be gratefully accepted. And you are cordially invited from 5 to 6 pm at the Parish House in the Oak Bluffs campground, starting this Saturday and running through the end of March.
Want a little drama? On Sunday you are invited to enjoy scenes from Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" and Noel Coward's "Private Lives" as staged readings. The 2 pm program at the Vineyard Haven Library is free.
The performers are 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. These folks are part of the Peter H. Luce Play Readers who meet every Wednesday morning at the Tisbury Senior Center at 9 am. They read plays from every era. Anyone interested is welcome.
The snowbirds are leaving and I am missing them already. Perhaps they will send back some of the sunshine they are enjoying.
The Tisbury Senior Center is now offering lectures and classes with vocal coach Heidi Carter. Want to speak more clearly or try to hit that high C again while singing? Learn the why and how of it. Vocal aging occurs any time after age 45. Some complain of pitch change or shortness of breath, loss of range or weak projection. You can do something about it. Voice Play introduces basic vocal exercises to keep the body, mind, and spirit healthy. You're never too old to improve your voice.
Heidi Carter specializes in helping people maintain and master their voices. Her free lecture is at 10:30 am next Monday and will be repeated on January 28 at 1 pm. Sign up for voice classes on Mondays, February 4, 11, and 25 and March 4, 11, and 18 from 10:30 am to noon. Suggested donation for the series is $30.
You do know that you must sign up by Tuesday to take part in the Inaugural Ball at Grace Episcopal Church on the 20th. Social hour begins at 6 pm followed by dinner and dancing to the music of Mike Benjamin. Black tie optional. Cost is $125 per person. RSVP with payment by next Tuesday. For more, call 508-693-0332.
Learn Indian cooking with Uma Datta. An experienced caterer, she will share two special dishes, one vegetarian, on Tuesday at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library. She will also show us how to make pickles. No registration needed.
How is your New Year's resolution? Did you know that the winter sale is still on at the Mansion House Health Club? See www.mvmansionhouse.com Of course, if you really want to stick to a new life pattern, experts suggest you claim your resolution is to not do whatever it is. Then I guess you are okay whether you do it or not. Now I'm confused.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to David Burt. Gay Nelson parties on Saturday. Sunday belongs to the senior Allan Davey and to Donna Paulson. Tyler Paulson will celebrate the next day.
Heard on Main Street: If all is not lost, where is it?