It was a close and hard-fought game — but the Vineyard football team came through yet again. Congratulations to all the team members and their supporters, the parents and volunteers, and all those who cheered them on.
From Monday through Thursday next week, the Tisbury School library offers the Scholastic Book Fair, a fun-filled book sale meant to excite children about reading. The community is invited to this Monster Book Fair after school on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:45 to 4 pm, and Wednesday from 2:45 to 7 pm. Add to your own library, too. These books are for all ages, including a small selection for preschoolers and adults.
You can order books online until Dec. 4 at scholastic.com/bookfairs; search “find a fair” for Tisbury School online fair. Book purchases can be mailed to the school for free, or to your home for a small shipping fee. Purchases online must be made with a credit card; purchases in school are by check, cash, and credit card. Funds raised will buy new print and multimedia resources for our students. For more information, call the Tisbury School library at 508-696-6527.
Shop the thrift shop. You’d be surprised at what you find, especially Thanksgiving weekend. How about vintage and designer clothes, handbags and shoes, and one-of-a-kind items? They plan games, Island and holiday trivia, where shoppers can win prizes. Refreshments, too. Shopping at the Thrift Shop means shopping local and recycling, and it benefits Community Services. Open this weekend on Friday, 8:30 to 5, and Saturday, 8:30 am to 4.
Our local merchants have some good plans to make your shopping more fun this holiday season. More next week.
Next Wednesday the West Tisbury Congregational Church will hold the first of three Advent Evensong services. All are welcome to the dimly lit sanctuary at 5:30 pm.
Next Saturday, plan lunch at the Christmas Faire, also at the West Tisbury Congregational Church. From 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, select wreaths and greens for your home, as well as baked goods, casseroles, and desserts. Vintage jewelry and ornaments are available, as well as other small gifts. Lunch is served from 11:30 am. All proceeds benefit outreach on the Island.
The Festival of Wreaths at the Federated Church is next week on Thursday evening from 5 to 7. Lots of original wreaths will be for sale from $45 to $65 in the Meetinghouse. Party in the Parish House with beverages and snacks, a wreath raffle, and an auction. Proceeds benefit the 1832 Sara Mayhew Parsonage. For more information, call 508-627-4421.
I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. I cannot number all those who have given Donald and me so much of themselves these past few months. In our Thanksgiving we will remember our wonderful neighbors, for help and raking and just being there. So many Islanders have provided not just food and action but also encouragement and caring, suggestions and support that have eased our path. We will continue to treasure these connections.
Give from your heart by supporting the Vineyard Committee on Hunger appeal for the Family to Family dinner. This provides a Christmas or holiday dinner, turkey with all the trimmings, to needy families on the Island. Last year $1,500 was raised, enough for 60 dinners. Every dime raised by VCOH stays here on Martha’s Vineyard. Write your $25 check to Family to Family, and mail it to P.O. Box 4685, Vineyard Haven MA 02568.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Chris Chandler on Thanksgiving Day. Another good thing to be thankful for. Monday belongs to Adam Rogers and Joseph P. Canha. Wish the best on Tuesday to Porter Fraser and David Grey.
Heard on Main Street: Remember, the second mouse gets the cheese.