Tisbury: Ice slamming hockey

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Heard on Main Street: One person saying “You’ve made my day!” makes my day.

The holiday season is upon us. I certainly enjoyed the warmth of family and friends and good food. Of course, any food tastes good in such circumstances. But often we don’t notice what a treat it is to be with special friends and family. We accept it without thinking, not taking the time to appreciate how lucky we are.

We enjoyed our grandchildren and their activities, including the new movie “Coco” and their musical abilities on trombone, piano, and cello. We also got to see their hockey games, and admire these lovely young girls on the ice slamming hockey pucks around the arena.

You may still be able to make a reservation to have an item appraised at the Appraisal Day this Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Reserve your time with Madison at 508-627-4441, ext. 119, or email mibsen@mvmuseum.org.

This is the time of year to remember those who are less fortunate. Give thanks for what we have by supporting the Family to Family dinner with the Vineyard Committee on Hunger. This holiday dinner is a turkey with all the trimmings given to needy families on Island. Last year enough was raised for 60 dinners. Every dime raised by VCOH stays here on the Vineyard. Write your $25 check to VCOH, with the memo for Family to Family, and mail it to P.O. Box 4685, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Your donations to VCOH are tax-deductible.

There is time for you to do this because the Vineyard Committee on Hunger settles their bills in January. At the monthly Food Distribution, a family receives a turkey or chicken, eggs, stuffing mix, fresh spinach, squash, onions, potatoes, apples, oranges, and carrots. All recipients must meet USDA income guidelines or be on one of several aid programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, or Fuel Assistance.

Mark Chester’s photography exhibit of naturalized U.S. citizens living in the commonwealth is continuing through the month of December at the Vineyard Haven library. These are new U.S. citizens who know all the stuff we should have learned in Civics, but may not remember or even value in the same way.

You’d think people would take advantage of the early Black Friday sales, but many seem to find Black Friday crowds a special challenge. I don’t. Perhaps it is simply my dislike of crowds.

On the other hand, our family did spend last weekend in the center of shopping in Massachusetts. And I have to admit that most of us found several opportunities to support the local economy.

If you need to be encouraged to get into the holiday spirit, this is your chance. All are welcome to enjoy the free performance of the Minnesingers at the Neighborhood Convention on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 11 am. Bring your sandwich to the Methodist Church in Trinity Park. Beverage and dessert will be provided.

The Rev. Judy Campbell now has her 11th novel featuring Olympia Brown in print. The new book is called “Christmas in Crisis,” and is available on Amazon.

Paddy Moore invites Islanders of all ages to join in a discussion about the Future of Healthy Aging on Martha’s Vineyard. The morning program begins with a review of Healthy Aging MV, followed by David Stevens, the executive director of the Massachusetts Council on Aging, with a discussion of what is needed. Come to the Hebrew Center from 9:30 am to 12:30 on Thursday, Dec. 7.

Big bunches of birthday balloons go out to Adam Rogers and Joseph Canha today. Friday belongs to Porter Fraser and David Grey. Sarah Wajda parties on Monday.

Heard on Main Street: If Santa visits the Island this early, he will come by ferry because it is deer week on the Island.