Tisbury

Twenty-fourteen. That still sounds funny. But so far this is a really good year. Sure, I had to cancel a friend’s birthday party because of the snow. On the other hand, even us older folks enjoy an occasional snow day.

Best of all, my wonderful neighbor shoveled out my driveway and paths to the basement door and also the steps and porch to the front door. This was a very pleasant surprise and a very welcome treat. So far it is a really good year!

Grace Episcopal Church began weekly winter suppers last week. Because of construction, the hot evening meals on Fridays will be served at the Baptist Church parish hall. These community suppers are open to all every Friday from 5 to 6:30 pm through March 28. Drop in tomorrow on William at the corner of Spring Street. The meal is free although donations and volunteers are welcome. Call Grace Church for more, 508-693-0332.

The First Baptist Church offers breakfast on the second Saturday at 9 am at the Baptist parish hall on William Street. This Saturday enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, juice, and coffee for $8. A family of four costs $25 plus $5 for each additional family member. All are welcome, with no reservations. For more, call 508-693-1539.

Just a reminder: The First Congregational Church in West Tisbury is being renovated during January. The Sunday services are at 10 am at the Ag Hall.

The Methodist Church will begin the weekly Oak Bluffs Community suppers on Saturday at 6 pm at the Parish House in the Campground. On Monday, the Edgartown Community Suppers will restart at the Whaling Church.

During the holidays our newspaper deadlines had to be early. It seems odd now to be back in the old routine. Anything you send for the column should come to me by Sunday evening.

Mimi Davisson invites anyone interested to the January meeting of the MV Democrats this Saturday from 9 to 10:30 am at the Howes House in West Tisbury ( across the road from Alley’s). Special guest Dan Wolf, our state senator, will talk about key legislative issues.

An old friend of mine from New Hampshire now winters in Florida. This year, she says, her son and family from Alaska joined them to do Disneyland and such. Two other boys live in Florida and their families joined in the fun as well. Seeing more of family seems the best reason to go to Florida. I know several Islanders who report this same treat when they go south in the winter.

Do you recognize these names? Ellie Bates, Tom Durawa, Liz Fauteux, Madeline Fisher, Jill Jupen, Don McLagan, Andrea Quigley, and Annette Sandrock. Your friends and neighbors have been part of the Martha’s Vineyard Poets’ Collective for the past three years under the direction of Jill Jupen. Now they are joined by journalist Ted Hoagland to present their image-inspired writing in a program at the Vineyard Haven Library next Tuesday at 7 pm.

Annette, Don, Ellie, and Liz took photographs to accompany their haiku. Madeline used

her original Chinese brushstroke painting. Andrea’s haiku is inspired by Jenik Munafo’s painting, used with her permission. The poetry and the images that inspired the poems will be on display at the library through the month of January. The poems are published in a chapbook you can borrow from local libraries. The book was funded through a grant from the M.V. Center for the Visual Arts. A reception will follow the program.

You can learn many things besides how to garden or how to relax. Adult and Community Education (ACE MV) offers Relaxed Body, Open Mind, Deep Rest (meditation/stretch class) with Martha Abbot at The Yoga Barn next Wednesday morning. Info and registration at www.acemv.org or 774-310-1131. Sign up for programs now through March and April.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to David Burt. Wish the best to Gay Nelson on Sunday. Allan Davey Sr. parties on Monday. Happy birthday to Donna Paulson on Monday and to Tyler Paulson on Tuesday. Will they party at midnight?

Heard on Main Street: Music is what feelings sound like.