Tisbury: Wild turkeys lurking

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Heard on Main Street: Why are there so many turkeys running around all over town?

Makes me wonder: Can we use a bow and arrow in Tisbury? Is it legal to shoot the turkeys as they sit in the street blocking traffic? I have up-Island friends who eat our wild turkeys. I never heard of anyone enjoying the turkeys here in town, though.

Remember the Fall Festival for children is at Felix Neck on Friday, Nov. 24, from 11 to 3. They may even have some wild turkeys lurking there, hoping not to be dinner this week.

And whatever you do, do not forget the Thanksgiving Concert by the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 7:30 pm at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. Tickets for the Thanksgiving Concert are $20 for adults, with free admission for students with valid ID. The music is always glorious. Get there early, because seating is general admission.

This is the time of year that I get nervous. I have a ticket off, but what happens if we don’t go? No problem. There are lots of opportunities for Thanksgiving dinner, including the Black Dog, though they want reservations. They will even cook your whole meal for you to serve. What more could we ask?

Well, you can buy books for Christmas and support our school. From Monday, Nov. 27, through Thursday, Nov. 30, the Tisbury School library hosts the annual Scholastic Book Fair, after school from 2:45 to 3:30 pm. Books are available for all ages, including preschoolers and adults.

If you prefer, you can order online from now through Dec 5. Visit scholastic.com/bookfairs and search “find a fair” to locate the Tisbury School online fair. Your 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 the school are by check, cash, and credit card.

The Tisbury School library uses funds raised to purchase new print, nonprint, and multimedia resources to meet the curriculum standards and reading interests of its students. For more info, contact Kathryn Harcourt in the school library at 508-696-6527, or kharcourt@mvyps.org.

The Federated Church will hold Wreath Workshops next week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Nov. 27 through 29, from 9 am to 4 pm, at the Federated Church Parish House. You can help make over 75 natural and decorated wreaths to be sold on that Thursday, Nov. 30. They say that experience is useful, but not required. There are many projects to work on. You can get experience for free.

Then the Federated Church invites you to the Festival of Wreaths on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 7 pm. The Meetinghouse will display hand-decorated wreaths for sale from $45 to $65. Browse the Parish House for raffle and auction items. No cost to come and look. The view of the wreaths and the smell of the fresh-cut evergreens will certainly put you in the spirit of Christmas. Proceeds benefit the maintenance and preservation of the Mayhew Parsonage on South Water Street.

This season is almost like summer revisited. Lots of good things happening all over the Island. Check the papers online to find it all.

Rehearsals are beginning for Handel’s “Messiah,” Part I, to be performed on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 8 pm in the Old Whaling Church. All singers are welcome to join Grace Church choir and other community musicians at Grace Church this Sunday, Nov. 26, 3:30 pm, Monday, Dec. 4, to 7 pm, and Monday, Dec. 11, 7 pm, at Grace Church on Woodlawn Avenue. Scores will be available. More at 508-693-0332.

Mark your calendar now or you’ll miss it: The West Tisbury Congregational Church holds the annual Christmas Faire on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9:30 to 2:30. All are welcome to choose festive holiday decorations and gifts for friends or family. Purchase handcrafted wreaths and centerpieces and jewelry, as well as homemade baked goods and an incredible Christmas gift basket. This benefits the work of the church in our Island community. More at 508-693-2842.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Greg Coogan. Warm wishes for a very happy birthday go out on Sunday to Chris Chandler.

Heard on Main Street: Overprepare, then go with the flow.