The best part of Halloween has to be the week after, when all the delightful scarecrows gather in front of the Tisbury Inn. They lose none of their spectacular charm even after heavy rains and strong winds have tried to interfere. A big thanks to all the creators, as well as the Tisbury Inn, for harboring these treasures for all of us to admire.
I hope you took advantage of the Tashmoo Tour offered by the town of Tisbury. That made me wish I could walk well enough to take part. This was arranged by the Vision Council. Perhaps we’ll see more tours of our town offered in the future.
Now you can get help dealing with your personal tech devices. For elders 55-plus confused by your personal tech devices, you can meet with teen mentors (who know all about such stuff) to help. Sign up for the Elder Tech Fair on Saturday from 11 to 1 at Alex’s Place at the YMCA. It’s free and open to elders with phones, laptops, tablets. This is not for hardware issues. Each session can help with online surfing, setting up photo programs, getting that phone to behave, and coordinating between devices. No guarantee, but the mentors will try their best. You need an appointment. Bring one device for a 20-minute session. Go to alexsplace.net or leave a message for Tony at 508-696-7171, ext.128. This is sponsored by Comcast and the YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard.
The Bradford pear trees are nearly ready to burst into a flowery blaze. I love the fact that they burst into flame colors just as the rest of the trees are losing their colors. These pear trees were planted all over town, but the line of beauty along Clough Lane is always special.
Do you know your wines? Martha’s Vineyard Wine School classes are led by Atria wine director Sam Decker on Thursdays, starting tonight, and run through December. They include wine tasting as well as lectures. See mvwineschool.com to enroll. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org. One class is Wine and Oysters, on Dec. 3; this is offered with acemv.org.
Does your dog behave? ACE MV offers a dog-training class called “Sit, stay, good dog” with Karen Ogden this Saturday morning for $75. Check it out on acemv.org.
My husband Donald Mayhew is now being treated at a wonderful facility — the Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Westborough. Since he fell on-Island on Oct. 8, he has been treated at Massachusetts General Hospital, Spaulding Rehab on the Cape, and Cape Cod Hospital. He is now doing well, and making progress toward perhaps coming home again. It is a big help that our son Craig lives four miles from this hospital.
Thank heavens for the Cobbler Shop. I bought some new shoes that were tight, and soon seemed really too tight. So the cobbler stretched the new shoes into really comfortable new shoes. They also do a good job repairing leather goods of any kind, from purses to large bags. The shop was closed for a year or so while the owner recovered from cancer. It is are now open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am. This is one special shop that Vineyarders should be happy to support. Good shoe repair is hard to find, even off-Island.
Join Jamie Alley for Monday Night at the Movies, only $5, cash, at the door. Movies start at 7:30 pm in the Vineyard Playhouse. Next Monday is “The Children’s Hour” with Audrey Hepburn. Director Wyler’s remake of his own 1963 film presents Lillian Hellman’s drama about a child’s lie and how it destroys the lives of two teachers at her private girls’ school. On Monday, Nov. 23, is “Kiss Me Kate” (1953). A divorced couple performing a musical version of “Taming of the Shrew” find that life imitates art. On Nov. 30, Katharine Hepburn is a young woman between marriages who meets her ex just as she is to marry again in “The Philadelphia Story” (1940).
Starting Monday, you can call the Martha’s Vineyard Museum to take advantage of the annual Appraisal Day with Skinner, Inc., on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 am to 3 pm in the museum library. Appraisers from Skinner evaluate your prized objects. Items may be consigned for sale by Skinner, with a small portion of the proceeds to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Reservations required. Call Katy, 508-627-4441, ext. 123, or email email@example.com. Appraisal of one item is $15; three items cost $40.
Start planning for the annual Thanksgiving concert on the Saturday after Thanksgiving at 7:30 pm at the Old Whaling Church. Dr. Victoria Stevens will speak at 7 pm on “Dial ‘M’ for Musical Genius (Mozart+Menotti+Mendelssohn).” The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society presents Delores Stevens on piano with acclaimed string players to perform the music of Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Dvorak. See mvcms.org for full details of the program. You can buy tickets at the door with cash or check. Students are free. Go to ticketsmv.com to use a credit card.
I don’t care for holiday events that begin before Thanksgiving, but you should know that the Holiday Gift Show at Featherstone opens the Saturday before Thanksgiving, from noon to 4 pm every day. You know that one person for whom you just can’t find something special? Try it. Most items are made by Island artists, and many prices are very reasonable. Artists and volunteers who want to help are invited to call Featherstone.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Katie Davey tomorrow. Wish the best on Monday to Rebecca Gonsalves.
Heard on Main Street: Try harder. Make an effort to include someone who is often left out.