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The Vineyard Haven Library will close Wednesday at 1 pm and remain closed until 1 pm on Friday.

The First Baptist Church invites all to the candlelight service Wednesday evening at 7 pm. The church is on Spring Street at the corner of William.

Also on Christmas eve,  the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury offers a service of lessons and carols at the church at 10 pm. Their traditional Christmas Pageant is at the Ag Hall, Wednesday at 5 pm. That service includes a beautiful nativity story by candlelight. Music will be provided by the Joyful Noise Choir with children from all over the Island directed by Brian Weiland. All are welcome to celebrate the season together with the Island community. Park in the Ag Hall field only, not on Panhandle Road. Handicapped parking is in the circle by the entrance, as is drop off.

Tickets for Monday night at the Movies with Jamie Alley at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse are $5 cash at the door. This week see The Poseidon Adventure at 7:30 pm. It’s New Year’s Eve and the guests aboard the SS Poseidon are about to have the nightmare of their lives when their world turns upside down, with Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, and Shelley Winters.

Next Tuesday at the Vineyard Haven Library is The Giver, a film with Meryl Streep. The story is about a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal world of conformity and contentment. But after he meets the giver he begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past.

We’ve been waiting for this. Mark your calendar now. On Wednesday, January 7, the Long Point Five celebrate the New Year with a free concert, featuring John Schilling on trumpet, Jim Athearn on trombone, Julie Schilling on clarinet, Bud Larson on flute, and Jeri Larson on piano. Their repertoire is diverse and spans genres from early Dixieland jazz and American standards to classical and contemporary works. All arrangements are written by Bud Larson. Refreshments after the performance.

I am sure your family had certain traditions and pleasures of the holiday season. There is a warmth to the memories we carry in our hearts from these events.

I grew up in a small town in the hills of northwestern Connecticut. Come late December my father and I would walk down the hill from our house, probably only the distance of a few city blocks. The firemen at the bottom of the hill, across from the church on the corner, sold freshly cut Christmas trees. Where we lived, it was very likely the trees grew only a short distance away. Daddy and I would drag the tree back up the hill, hammer a few boards to stand it up, and carry it into the house.

One year after I had gone away to school, I came home to a horrible sight. My mother was the hostess at the tea room at Lord & Taylor’s. That year the store put up puffy silver trees with big shiny blue balls hanging from the branches. She had brought one home and set it up in the living room. However, Daddy and I decided it just wouldn’t do. And the firemen had saved a tree for us anyway.

Here’s hoping you are creating some happy memories this holiday season.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Liam Patrick Bruni on Friday. Happy birthday wishes go out on Monday to Peter VanTassel, Toby Riseborough, and Denise Dorsey Cafarelli. On Tuesday Ron Druett parties in New Zealand.

Heard on Main Street: Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Best wishes for a rapid recovery go out to Barbara Harnen. We hope she is soon enjoying the holidays.

Look for this: Many local merchants offer chances on a basket of gifts from their individual shop. Purchase a ticket, which amounts to a donation, and maybe you’ll win! All proceeds benefit the Family to Family meals program of the Vineyard Committee on Hunger. Drawings take place on Tuesday.

The annual Christmas tea, luncheon, and shopping is Saturday from 1 to 3 pm at the First Baptist parish hall on William Street. Celebrate the season with tea or coffee, tea sandwiches, and cookies as well as shopping for baked goods, crafts, and gift items at reasonable prices. Tickets for lunch are $8, $4 for children.

The Holiday Gift Show at Featherstone features more than 60 Island artists with affordable handmade gifts. Free admission, and the show is open through Sunday from 12 to 4 pm.

The NAACP Bazaar is at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday with raffles, vendors, and baked goods.

You can have your photo taken with Santa from 11 am to 1 pm at the MV Film Center. Then enjoy the Saturday matinee of Home Alone at 1 pm. The McAllister family is going to Paris for the holidays. When the youngest is sent to his room on the 3rd floor, he is forgotten in the rush to get to the airport. It is fun until the boy discovers two bad guys planning to rob the house on Christmas Eve.

On Sunday at 3:30 pm enjoy a festive Christmas Concert at the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury, led by Music Director David Rhoderick and guest conductor Phil Dietterich with traditional carols by the choir and guests. The audience will be invited to sing along too. $15 tickets benefit the church, students are free. A reception follows the concert. Doors open at 3 pm.

See The Nutcracker brought to life by the Vienna State Ballet, a sumptuously traditional production on the big screen on Sunday at noon at the MV Film Center. The ballet opens with a Christmas Eve party and young Clara receiving a gift of a nutcracker. In her dreams that night the nutcracker battles with the mouse king and Clara travels to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tickets $20, $12 for children 14 and under. Remember Film Society membership or movie tickets make welcome gifts for friends of all ages.

The Winter Holiday Cabaret is on Sunday at 7:30 pm at the Vineyard Playhouse, with Phil Dietterich on the piano and performers Molly Conole, Shelagh Hackett, Paul Munafo, and Kenny Romero, with guest singers Kasey Stenson and Anna Yukevich. Tickets are $23 in advance.

Tickets for Monday night at the Movies with Jamie Alley at the MV Playhouse are $5 cash at the door. See Meet Me in St. Louis at 7:30 pm, one of the funniest musicals ever made. The film follows a year in the life of the Smith family of St. Louis during the excitement of the 1904 World Fair, with Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien.

The Vineyard Haven Library will have no program next Tuesday and will be closed from 1 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 24 until 10 am on Friday, Dec. 26. Watercolors of Island landscapes painted by David Grey are on display at the library this month.

The First Congregational Church of West Tisbury invites you to Christmas Eve services, a pageant at 5 pm at the Ag Hall and 10 pm lessons and carols at the church.

Happy anniversary to Fred and Jill LaPiana who celebrate on Monday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Saturday to Mattsen and Sutton Koster. Happy birthday to Vera Shorter on Monday.

Heard on Main Street: Be naughty. Save Santa the trip.

Last Sunday the fire engine came roaring up Main Street with flashing lights, screaming sirens, and honking horn. Santa was on top, waving to everyone. There was a reindeer, too. Did you see him?

Best wishes go out to Mimi Davisson for a rapid recovery. We hope she has her new knee working well in time to enjoy the holidays.

It’s that time of year. If you have a child entering kindergarten next September, call Barbara Armstrong at the Tisbury School, 508-696-6500, to ask for a kindergarten registration packet for the 2015-2016 school year. Kindergarten children must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2015.

Friday is the holiday lighting of the Edgartown lighthouse in front of the Harbor View Hotel. Hot chocolate, holiday goodies, and music will be offered at 5 pm on the hotel porch. The lighting is at 6 pm.

If you are looking for some sparkles for Christmas, check out the Jewelry Jingle on Saturday from 9 am to 12 noon in the Martha’s Vineyard Museum Library.

Shops and businesses welcome guests for Saturday Strolls this month in Vineyard Haven from 4 to 6 pm. Stop by the Vineyard Playhouse for a tour of the new facility. Some shops are offering special sales just for you.

Come to the annual Holiday Open House at the Tisbury Senior Center on Sunday from 2 to 4 pm with the MVRHS Minnesingers, refreshments, and door prizes. Free and open to the public.

The singers from our town are Mya Allen-Wright, Samia Arado, Josh Boucher, Barbara de Paula, Casey McAndrews, Ben Nadelstein, Michaela Piche, Grant Santos, Aaron Teves, Zana van Rooyen, and Kaela Vecchia-Zeitz. The Minnesingers will also be performing at the Whaling Church on Saturday and Sunday in Edgartown.

A gift of the Memoir Class with Susan Klein is specially priced at the Tisbury Senior Center. Call Susan for details at 508-693-4140. Next class runs Thursday afternoons in January and February.

Sunday your kids can breakfast with Santa at The Wharf Restaurant from 8 to 10:30 am. Children $4, adults $8, pictures $5.

Tickets for Monday night at the Movies with Jamie Alley at the MV Playhouse are $5 cash at the door. This Monday at 7:30 pm see Has Anybody Seen My Gal with Rock Hudson and Piper Laurie, a family comedy about a wealthy recluse who leaves his fortune to the family of his first love. He then poses as a boarder to see how money changes their lives.

The Vineyard Haven Library offers movie night on Tuesday at 7 pm when you can see The Hundred Foot Journey with Helen Mirren and Om Puri. Beef bourguignon or tandoori goat? A family from India opens an Indian restaurant across the street from a fancy French restaurant run by Helen Mirren. You can have it all in this, including free popcorn and cider.

Next Tuesday at 7:30 pm see the Holiday Show at the MV Film Society. Tickets are $15, $12 members, $7 for children under 14. This is storytelling and music by Susan Klein, Alan Brigish, and Gary Girouard, highlighting the stories, images, and music of Christmas. Doors open 6:30 pm for eggnog and Christmas carols.

You are invited to the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury for contemplative services at 5:30 on Wednesday evening next week. The service will focus on Healing and Transforming.

The Hospice candlelight concert will be Wednesday at Trinity Church in the Campground at 7 pm. Proceeds go to Hospice.

When you go around to see Christmas lights, don’t forget that shops are especially lovely this time of year.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out Saturday to Kayla Pachico. Sunday belongs to Ken Beebe, and Laura Beebe parties on Tuesday. Perhaps they can share candles this year. On Wednesday wish the best to Lyrae Littlefield and Kate Malkie.

Heard on Main Street: Remember that Santa can appear in mysterious disguises, in the uniform of FedEx or UPS or even the Post Office.

This afternoon from 2:45 to 4 pm is the last day of the Scholastic Book Fair at the Tisbury School.

Don’t forget Appraisal Day at the MV Museum this Saturday, brought to you by Skinner, Inc., the folks who run the Antiques Road Show. For more call Jessica at 508-627-4441, ext. 117.

On Saturday at 2 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library, meet Alan Burt, who will speak about his new book Blessings of the Burden: Reflections and Lessons in Helping the Homeless. He has been an advocate for the homeless on Cape Cod for 20 years. The book is full of personal stories drawn from working with the homeless. In a plea for community involvement, he discusses the reasons why homelessness is such a problem in America. His book will be for sale.

While traveling last week we saw a sign that read: Who are you thankful for? While there are many people who come to mind, one was definitely the folks at the SSA. By putting extra boats on the day before the storm, they gave us the chance to travel safely on dry roads. That also made our family very happy that they need not worry about us in the snow storm.

I do not appreciate Thanksgiving being so close to December. Despite our better intentions, our family did go shopping on Black Friday. Surprisingly, the crowds were not bad. It was actually a happy experience with some good buys.

We did lose our electricity the night of the storm and appreciated our son’s backup to run the breathing machine needed overnight. We were pleased to find one at a good price on Friday. Peace of mind is a great holiday gift.

Remember that Santa comes to Martha’s Vineyard this week by ferry as he always does when it is deer week on the Island. He will be at the fire station on Sunday at 1 pm to meet with good little boys and girls.

A simple way to share the holidays with those less fortunate is the Family to Family food program. Your family sends a check for $25 that buys a dinner for another family. Make the check out to Vineyard Committee on Hunger (VCOH), put Family to Family on the memo line, and mail it to PO Box 4685, Vineyard Haven, 02568. This year so many of our local farms donated so much produce that the dinners are actually costing only $25. Send your check now.

Tickets are $5 cash at the door for Monday night at the Movies with Jamie Alley at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. This Monday at 7:30 pm see Remember the Night, a charming romance about a petty shoplifter (Barbara Stanwyck) and the assistant D.A. who invites her to be his guest on Christmas Eve.

The best gift of all is a book. What could be better than a book by an Island author? The Vineyard Haven Library offers A Sampling of Vineyard Authors this Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7 pm. You can meet the six authors and buy their books at the reception after the program.

Cynthia Riggs has a book with a new twist. Murder on C Dock comes from the years when she lived in a houseboat on the Washington, D.C., waterfront. New to the Island is Keya Keita Guimarães whose historical fiction Second Wonder follows the journey of Bêta, the second in command of the greatest library of the ancient world. Amy Reece is a Young Adult author and will talk about Regarding Jeffrey — a coming-of-age tale that takes place in the 1960s as two young people figure out the meaning of friendship and trust. A good read for a 10- to 15-year- old.

Jib Ellis will present a tale of intrigue: Bandstand: The Search for Oak Island Gold. Two former undercover operatives in Europe come to Martha’s Vineyard where they hatch a scam or scheme to solve a mystery. Cats of Martha’s Vineyard by Lynn Christophers brings you into the world of many of our four-legged neighbors. Lara O’Brien’s Chesca and the Spirit of Grace is a story intended for older grade-schoolers about the plans of 11-year-old Chesca to ride a wild stallion.

At the MV Film Society on Wednesday at 7:30 pm take the family to enjoy Elf. The baby boy was stowed away in Santa’s sack and ended up at the North Pole where he was raised by elves. Later he is allowed to go to New York City to find his father. He says, “I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.”

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Jessie Chandler on Sunday. Wish a happy day on Tuesday to artists Polly Renear and Anna Tomlinson and birthday greetings that day to Rachael Houston. Doug Cabral parties on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

Last Friday some of the young men on the Vineyard football team helped distribute the Family to Family food for Thanksgiving dinner. They happily carried heavy turkeys and big bags of potatoes and apples. Give thanks on Thursday for these wonderful guys.

This Saturday morning, find your special holiday gift at the VFW Ladies Auxiliary’ bazaar at Towanticut Avenue from 10 to 1 pm.

Join the First Baptist Church, Vineyard Haven, this season on the first Sunday of Advent. The Hanging of the Greens worship service is this Sunday at 11 am, singing and sharing traditions of preparing for Christmas.

Next Monday through Thursday, Dec. 1–4, is the Scholastic Book Fair, a fun-filled book sale to excite children about reading and learning. The entire community is invited to enjoy Sir Readalot’s Castle, this year’s theme. Afterschool hours for the fair are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:45 pm to 4 pm and Wednesday from 2:45 pm to 7 pm at the Tisbury School Library. Add to your own library and augment the libraries of others. Books will be available for all ages, including a small selection for preschoolers and adults. Everyone can stock up for reading.

If you cannot be there, order books online until Dec. 8. Seescholastic.com/bookfairs. Search “find a fair” to locate the Tisbury School online fair. Your book purchases may 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 or cash only. Funds benefit the school library. More information at 508-696-6527.

It is worth a trip to Edgartown just to see the 75 original decorated natural wreaths on display in the Federated Church meetinghouse, for sale at $45, $55, and $65. The Festival of Wreaths is a week from Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5 pm to 7 pm. Admission to the Parish House party is $10, $5 with purchase of wreath, and includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres as well as a raffle for a wreath or a holiday basket. Proceeds benefit the 1832 Sara Mayhew Parsonage. For more information, call Marna at 508-627-4421.

The appraisers from Skinner Inc. will be back on Saturday, Dec. 6, for Appraisal Day, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Items may be consigned for sale by Skinner, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Museum. Reservations are required. Call Jessica at 508-627-4441, extension 117, or email jjohnson@mvmuseum.org to reserve a time. Appraisal of one item costs $15; three for $40. Give a brief description of your item(s) so the appraisers will be fully prepared to answer your questions.

When you come by for the appraisal, bring in any unwanted jewelry to donate to the Jewelry Jingle the following Saturday morning, Dec. 13, from 9 am to noon at the MV Museum. That day you can get discounts at the Museum Gift Shop. Members, save 20% off your total purchase. Nonmembers, save 10%. Call 508-627-4441, extension 123, or email kfuller@mvmuseum.org.

Book a table now for the MV NAACP Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 20 at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. Tables will cost $25. Only $20 until the end of November.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Chris Chandler. Sunday belongs to Adam Rogers and Joseph P. Canha. Happy birthday to Porter Fraser and David Grey; they party on Monday.

The following was written by a good friend, Brigitte Lent, who was inspired by the news of the death of a young man. We all need to be aware of this young man’s gift to mankind, especially at Thanksgiving, as his family mourns his loss. He served his time as a soldier on our behalf and then spent his life helping people devastated by civil war in Syria.

Remembering Abdul Rahman Kassig

From his last letter to his mother: “If I do die, I figure that at least you and I can seek refuge and comfort in knowing that I went out as a result of trying to alleviate suffering and helping those in need.”

We know we must all die

In one way or another,

At one time or another.

And we would all like

Our life and our death

To have been meaningful.

Peter or Abdul Rahman Kassig, as he chose to call himself,

whose name means “merciful,”

was murdered last week in a most brutal fashion,

along with other captives whose names no one knows.

Yet he was one whose life and death have truly mattered!

And his example will live on as a guiding light

As long as mankind, for whom he died, remembers.

What better thing can be said of any man

Or any woman than this?

His death is proof that EVIL in the world

Was not eliminated when Adolf Hitler died.

It is eternal and lives on in the hatred that is eating

The soul of his killer enabling him to commit such a deed!

It is always with us; it hides in our nature.

But young Abdul Rahman showed that GOOD also lives!

Let us do our best to try to follow his lead in our lives

As a monument to him.

And let his faceless killer sink into oblivion.

(Brigitte Lent, Nov. 17, 2014)

Just as the ground becomes covered in dense brown and golden oak leaves, the Bradford pear trees burst into bright red colors. The brilliant row of trees by St. Augustine’s is lovely now.

Main Street was quiet last weekend. We seem to see fewer visitors as the number of weddings goes down and the cold weather comes in. The gray days and brisk winds cut down on shoppers as well.

Adam Nichols is one of about 20 Wounded Warriors who will be honored at the Patriots’ game next Sunday afternoon. He lives in Swansea with his wife, Lauren, and young sons, Andrew and Austin. The Patriots gave each of those being honored two tickets, so Adam has chosen a friend to go with him. Adam was a soldier with the U.S. Army and was wounded in Iraq. He is working now and doing well. His grandparents Judy and Steve Nichols are quite proud of him. We want to thank the Patriots for honoring our veterans in this way. We know they will enjoy their day. Wish them the best as they cheer for the Pats.

We hear good things about the preacher now at Grace Church. Rev. Brian Murdock is drawing some new people to the congregation. He also works as a street minister in Boston.

The U.S. Post Office looks better now that the corner door has been repaired. The new vestibule will protect us and that door from heavy winds. It should also save that door from more major repairs and broken glass. These solutions are very welcome and long needed.

The Vineyard Haven Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. They close at 1 pm on Wednesday and reopen for Saturday and Sunday.

This Saturday you are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Library. This is a good time to find out about volunteering and to learn more about the Friends. The meeting is at 10 am on the fourth Saturday of every month (except December) at the library. Refreshments are served.

Sales from Grandma’s Attic include handmade ornaments and jewelry, which are all available at the Trinity Church parish house in the Campground on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. Besides baked goods to take home, the ladies plan to serve clam chowder and meatball subs in the Parish House Café.

Featherstone opens their Holiday Gift Show this weekend. You can find affordable gifts made by Island artists, including scarves and stocking stuffers ranging in price from $5 to $250. All proceeds benefit the artists and Featherstone.

Do you like duck? What kind? Tickets for the Slow Food MV event this Sunday evening are $37 per person. Share an evening at the Agricultural Hall, and explore the flavors of duck. You can dine by a fire at community tables and begin the evening with an appetizer course. Rebecca Gilbert of Native Earth Teaching Farm in Chilmark will share her experience in raising  Cayuga, Khaki Campbell, and Muscovy ducks this last season. You will be invited to explore the viability of raising ducks in greater numbers for the table and see what it takes to get a duck from the egg to the table. Questions? info@slowfoodmarthasvineyard.org.

Guests and chefs alike will share their thoughts on taste and flavor, sampling grilled breasts from each of the three ducks, and hear chefs share why they choose the side dishes. Finish the meal in the French tradition with a salad (including duck, of course).

Mark your calendar now. The M.V. Chamber Music Society will present their Thanksgiving concert at the Old Whaling Church at 7:30 pm on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The music of Bartok, Brahms, and Schumann will be performed by Stephanie Chase on violin, Scott Woolweaver on viola, Scott Kluksdahl on cello, and Delores Stevens on piano. Tickets at the door $20 cash or check. Use your credit card at www.ticketsmv.com.

Appraisers from Skinner, Inc. will be back on Saturday, December 6, for Appraisal Day from 9 am to 3 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Items may be consigned for sale by Skinner with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the museum. Reservations are required. Call Jessica, 508-627-4441, ext. 117, to reserve a time. Appraisal of one item costs $15; three for $40. You will be asked for a brief description of your item(s) so they will be more fully prepared to answer your questions.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Craig Dripps and to county treasurer Noreen Flanders. Wish the best tomorrow to Tracy Matthiessen, MJ Munafo, and Marion Burke. Saturday belongs to Dan Cabot and Alexander Ray.

Heard on Main Street: Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

Our sympathies go out to friends and family of Buddy Mayhew. He was always an Islander in his heart.

This Saturday afternoon, buy your books at the Vineyard Haven Library. The sale runs from 2 to 4 pm and benefits the children’s programs. I had a friend who said used books were the best gifts because they came with love in them. She always told me she wouldn’t give away a book without reading it first.

At the Vineyard Haven Library this Sunday at 2 pm, the Peter Luce Play Readers perform the documentary play Seven as a staged reading. The play is based on personal interviews with seven women who overcame serious obstacles to create changes in human rights in their home countries.

Leslie J. Stark adapted the play for the Luce Play Readers and will direct the performance. The cast includes Connie McCreery (as Inez McCormack of Northern Ireland), Charlena Seymour (Anabella DeLeon of Guatemala), Nora Nevin (Farida Azizi of Afghanistan), Rise Terney (Marina Pisklakova of Russia), Sofia Anthony (Mu Sochua of Cambodia), Ellie Beth (Hafsat Abiola of Nigeria), and Elaine Bart (Mukhtar Mai of Pakistan). The play runs just over one hour without intermission. Refreshments will be served following the free performance.

There is a special addition to the library’s Adult Crafts series offered this week. Make It Mighty Ugly night at 7 pm this Tuesday includes a Skype session with author Kim Piper Werker. You will attempt to make a truly ugly creature. This class is for you if you want to unlock your creativity, get unblocked, or free yourself of expectations.

This week the Vineyard Playhouse offers Monday night at the movies with Jamie Alley on the Patricia Neal Stage upstairs. In Sitting Pretty Clifford Webb is a prissy genius author who takes the job of babysitter to three rambunctious children as research for his book on life in the suburbs. This features Robert Young and Maureen O’Hara. Remember?

You can support Featherstone Center for the Arts this Sunday when 15 percent of sales at Rainy Day will be donated to Featherstone. You should plan to visit the annual Gift Show at Featherstone that starts a week from Saturday. You support both Featherstone and local artists when you buy your holiday gifts at the show.

Last Sunday afternoon the Harley riders gave Santa a lift on a motorcycle right down Main Street. It seems a little early to be seeing Santa Claus in town, but you know he has to start looking early if he is going to be able to find all the toys he needs for kids.

Businesses downtown are running raffles to benefit those who need your help to get enough to eat this winter. The shop donates the prize and all the money collected will go to provide food for our hungry neighbors.

We have been somewhat surprised that we haven’t needed a propane delivery since last May. I thought we had a lovely summer but never realized it had extended so far into the fall. Just one more thing we should be thankful for.

Penny Wong invites you to bring the kids to take part in the annual Turkey Run from Bunch of Grapes Bookstore to Owen Park with oranges, water, and medals at the end. Yes, this year a turkey will be running as well. Cost is $5 per child and benefits the Grace Church Preschool’s enrichment program. The Turkey Run is not this Saturday but next week, November 22, at 9 am.

Seniors! Do you have an unusual holiday sweater?  Bring it to show at the Tisbury Senior Center next Monday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Katie Davey. Happy birthday to Rebecca Gonsalves on Sunday. Wish the best on Wednesday to Island artist Nancy Furino.

Heard on Main Street: Smile, it gives your face something to do.

The northeaster certainly blew things around and kept the boats in port. Some of the passengers were not planning on a blustery day on Island but did what they could to keep warm and dry. The snow flurries were not welcomed by anyone. Considering the powerful winds, we were lucky the damage was not more severe.

If you missed the Planning Board’s second workshop, you have one more chance. That will be at 10 am tomorrow at the American Legion Hall.

Featherstone starts new classes today. Washington Ledesma offers five weeks of Intro to Ceramics from 4 to 6 pm. This series costs $139 for the five classes plus an additional $10 materials fee. See ACE MV.

Featherstone’s Opening Reception for Personal Altars II is Sunday from 4 to 6 pm in the Virginia Weston Besse Gallery. The show will be open daily 12 noon to  4 pm through November 19 with colorful pieces ranging from multimedia installations, found art wall hangings, quilted collages to acrylic paintings on canvas and ink jet print photographs.

Tomorrow evening from 5 to 7 pm is the opening reception at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum for the exhibit celebrating 200 years of Nancy Luce. This look back at her life and writings is free for museum members, $7 for non-members. Children under 6 are always free. The exhibit features original poetry books and artwork, letters, and objects from her home. It also includes the Chicken Lady’s tombstones for her chickens and art inspired by Nancy and her legacy. The display will remain through the end of January.

Nancy Luce is one of the Island’s well-known historical figures, but she is also one of the most misunderstood. Characterized by hardship, sickness, and isolation, she eked out a meager existence by selling eggs, small books of poems she wrote about her beloved flock of chickens, and photographs of herself to curious passersby. Her story is full of loneliness, but it contains compassion, love, and even moments of fierce joy. She was a tourist attraction in her lifetime and continues to fascinate people today. When my husband recalls his visits to the museum as a child, the best memories are of the chicken tombstones.

This Sunday at the Vineyard Haven Library enjoy Adult Crafts: Image Transfer at 1 pm. Jennifer will demonstrate a variety of image transfer techniques, then you will have time to complete a project. This is a great way to make personalized homemade holiday presents or cards. Bring your own images to transfer, as well as any surface to transfer images onto, including cloth, wood, glass, paper, and stone. Free for adults and ages 12 and up.

Later this month is a special addition to the Adult Crafts series on Tuesday, November 18: Make It Mighty Ugly night. More on this adventure next week.

This week the Vineyard Playhouse offers Monday night at the movies with Jamie Alley on the Patricia Neal Stage upstairs. All That Heaven Allows is a heartbreaking portrait of the reaction of small town America when an older widow and a young gardener become romantically involved, featuring Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. All this and Rock Hudson for $5 at 7:30.

Next Tuesday at 7:30 pm is the Poetry Café at the Vineyard Playhouse downstairs in the Meryerhoff Lobby. The evening is hosted by MV Poet Laureate Arnie Reisman, joined by Clark Myers, Donald Nitchie, and Fan Ogilvie. $10 includes one dessert and beverage.

The new Tisbury writers group will not meet at the Tisbury Senior Center in November. Ellie Bates and Jill Jupen will read their selected poems at the Poetry Readings at the center a week from today, November 13, at 1:30 pm. All are welcome.

Belated birthday greetings go out to Amanda Parker who celebrated last Monday. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Sam Myers. Tomorrow wish the best to Buffy Hanschka and Hugh Knipmeyer.

Heard on Main Street: Fly your flag to honor the veterans next Tuesday, November 11, Veterans Day.

The scarecrows created by students at the Charter School are a delightful addition to Main Street. Literary figures from Sleeping Beauty at The Beach House to the White Queen at Rainy Day are decorating our town. Some years I find it difficult to determine the category the students have chosen, but when you see Lowly Worm in front of the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, you have a pretty good idea. The kids are raising money for their school and giving us some wonderful renditions of old-time characters. They also add a touch of whimsy to our town.

Our Vineyard Haven Library is now open Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm. Tomorrow the library will be open for treats from 4 to 8 pm. Cider and Halloween candy are provided by the Friends of the Library. The Library is trying to reschedule the Long Point Five concert that was to be held on November 5 because that conflicts with one of the town Vision Planning workshops that evening.

There’s a Halloween puppet parade after school on Main Street from 3 to 4 pm. Bring your puppets to the party, beginning at the Mansion House corner with musical puppet show, weather permitting.

Tom Dresser and Jerry Muskin will speak tomorrow morning at 10 at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. They are promoting their new book Music on Martha’s Vineyard. This is the history of harmony on the Vineyard from sea chanteys to the Tivoli, from the Moon Cusser to the Hot Tin Roof. The book tells more about the background of the Flying Elbows, the Community Chorus, and the Minnesingers.

Kids can touch a truck on Saturday at Truckin’ MV, a fundraiser for Vineyard Montessori from 11 am to 1:30 pm at the MVRHS parking lot. Kids of all ages can touch, and explore dozens of cool big trucks and vehicles. Get behind the wheel of your favorite — fire truck, police cruiser, cherry picker, and excavator — and meet the folks who power them. Food and snacks will be available for purchase, also a raffle, and games. $10 per child (0-12) and $25 a family, no charge for children under age one. Proceeds benefit the Vineyard Montessori School. Parent supervision is required, and cameras are recommended.

Saturday at 3 pm Meditations of Peace will take place in the MV Hospital Chapel. There will be peaceful forms of music, prayers, movement, poems and meditation and contemplation. The service is sponsored by Island clergy, musicians, and the interfaith community of Martha’s Vineyard. All are welcome. More at 508-696-1839.

Saturday morning a group supporting gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and led by Martha’s sister Jane Coakley will be at Five Corners. Jane asked that we remind you all to vote on Tuesday.

If you need an absentee ballot, you can get the application anytime up to 12 noon on Monday at the town hall. Then you can mark your ballot right there in the office. Voting is our privilege. Be sure you do your part.

Sunday at 2 am marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. Fall back and enjoy an extra hour’s sleep. You can tell who forgot because they show up extra early for church. Are they the same ones who are late when we change the clocks in the spring?

Some years ago we had a sweet dog named Freckles. He had serious trouble with his dinner being late and went out of his way to be sure that I remembered he was waiting. It was hard to tell which of us had the most difficulty adjusting. I always think of him when the clocks change.

Commercial Tisbury Taxpayers are holding a Tisbury Commercial Taxpayers Annual Cocktail Meeting in the Mansion House Lobby next Wednesday at 4:30 pm. Discussion will include the upcoming Board of Selectmen meeting that deals with the tax rate classification.

Happy anniversary to Bill and Marie Connelly who are partying today. Is it 49 years now?

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Sally Leslie-Mitchell. Saturday belongs to Ann Davey. Wish the best on Monday to Emma Wajda and Maura Valley. Happy birthday to Lena Hanschka on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: The goblins’ll get you if you don’t watch out.

You have to admit last week’s weather was simply lovely while it lasted. And our fall colors are beginning to appear, especially on the nasty vine that tangles over everything in sight. The pretty leaves on the Bradford pear trees along Clough Lane are just starting to turn now.

Speaking of colors, the Vineyard Colors 2015 Calendar is now available at Cronig’s or the Bunch of Grapes. You can preview this beauty at vineyardcolors.com. I think it is June that features Vineyard Haven harbor. Each month features a short verse by Dan Waters.

Many, many thanks to the wonderful people we have at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Donald is now home and much improved because of all their work.

Richard Paradise offers a photo exhibit of his own work as well as multimedia collaborations with Susan Klein and local musicians, and a pre-release movie, Monk With A Camera, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center at 3:30 pm on Sunday.

Is this an issue on our island? Rural Scholars from UMASS School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Nursing are here through October 30 looking into elder abuse prevention on the Vineyard. They will interview community professionals who provide services for elders and then make recommendations. The public is invited to this at the West Tisbury Library next Thursday from 4:30 to 6 pm.

ACE-MV offers Writing from the Heart with Nancy Aronie and a writing workshop called Envisioning Your Emerging Self: Becoming More Conscious as We Age. For more call 508-693-9222 or write info@acemv.org.

Bring the family for an early Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, November 8, at the First Baptist Church parish house on William Street. The family-style meal includes turkey, gravy, potatoes, green bean casserole, squash, cranberry sauce, beverage, and pie for $15. Call 508-693-1539 by November 3 to reserve your place or purchase tickets for 5 pm or 6:30 pm. Seating is limited.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has a new exhibit through November 11, “Mourning Practices in the 19th Century.” The artifacts show how people on Martha’s Vineyard dealt with the loss of loved ones during the 1800s.

Thursday at 5:30 pm, Tom Dresser and Jerry Muskin present Music On Martha’s Vineyard: A History of Harmony at the Museum. They explore the homegrown music scene and the summer stars who keep islanders and visitors moving to the beat. Donations appreciated. Books will be available.

On Sunday at the Museum will be the second annual Halloween Festival combined with the Nancy Luce 200th Birthday Celebration. That is from noon to 2 pm at the Museum’s Vineyard Haven property at 151 Lagoon Pond Road. Bring the family to decorate gingerbread gravestone cookies, create Nancy’s fancy letters on coloring pages, and make chicken hats. Enjoy spider web hopscotch, play Halloween eye spy, and decorate pumpkins with your favorite designs. Come in costume. Free and open to all.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Jeff Kristal. He celebrates on Monday. Tuesday is a big party day; it belongs to Lillian Colligan, and Kaylee Donnella Kuehne, and Tate Buchwald.

Heard on Main Street: Spirits rise in the fall.…