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Kay Mayhew

Kay Mayhew
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Kay-MayhewObviously, Mother Nature does not listen to me. I was through with snow. I needed no more. I declared we should have no more of the nasty white stuff. And then we got dumped on. And the forecast is for even more of that white stuff.

To show how much Mother Nature ignores my wants and needs, there soon appeared a troop of scraggly turkeys daintily picking their way through the snow, dodging clumps of white stuff as it fell off the trees. The snow clumps missed them. Of course.

The Vineyard Conservation Society announces two programs on Saturday from 1 to 4 pm to help burnish your scouting skills — too bad you can’t do both. At Sassafras Earth Education in Aquinnah, you can learn the Art of Tracking in snow or sand: $25 per person, RSVP 508-645-2008. Or, head to Felix Neck for the Skull and Bones workshop, which is exactly what it sounds like. $30 ($25 for members), registration required 508-627-4850.

The snowbirds miss us, so they say, but not our weather. They do complain of having to wear shorts all the time and getting sand between their toes.

At least we have the Olympics to keep us entertained. Have you noticed how terribly young the athletes look this year? Or perhaps it is my advanced age. Many of them seem hardly old enough to drive, never mind to ride a skeleton sled at 80 mph with their faces only inches from the ice. The snowboarders are either too young to be afraid or too brave to contemplate. Even the normally placid ice skaters seemed to be death-defying instead of simply gliding across the shimmering ice.

And do you believe the weather in Sochi is even warmer than the summer Olympics in London? They could have had the games here. We do have the cold temperatures they are missing, though Peaked Hill is a little low.

Our hearts ached for the very talented Russian skater who had to quit even as we were astonished at the American who tossed his partner what seemed like much too far. It isn’t hard to cheer for the youngster skiing for Switzerland or competing for countries we can’t find on our outdated globe. Wonder if we will get to see the U.S. in a final hockey game against Russia?

Clothes-to-Go is the ultimate in recycling. Open Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 4 pm and Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 am. Free gently worn clothing is at the Methodist Church (stone church). Re-use beats recycling any day. For more, call 508-693-4424.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Memory Café at Windemere is free and open to Islanders with memory loss and their caregivers. This is an opportunity to socialize and enjoy light entertainment and refreshments. No RSVP required. Call Mary Holmes, 1-508-862-1933.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Tom Robinson and Benjamin Davey. On Sunday wish the best to Anne Sylvester and Wendy Brophy. Tuesday is my special day, shared happily with Judy Cronig and Robin Mathiesen.

Heard on Main Street: The groundhog was right.

Kay-MayhewTo illustrate and complement this month’s special programs on America’s Music, the Vineyard Haven Library has an exhibit by nationally acclaimed photographer Peter Simon. The photographs will be on display during regular library hours through the month of February.

Over the course 40 years, Peter Simon has covered an eclectic range of subjects including the greatest names in rock ‘n’ roll, reggae, and pop music. His work has appeared in major publications, including The New York Times and Rolling Stone.

America’s Music is a series of public programs created by the Tribeca Film Institute in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The films are shown at the Cornell Theatre on Thursday evenings. For more, vhlibrary.org/americasmusic.

Spot the bright colors and cheer. There are lovely tulips in the window of The Beach House,  heralding colorful hopes for spring.

Happy Valentine’s Day! If you don’t have a beautiful rose for your sweetheart, note that the Tisbury School 8th graders will sell fresh roses to you on Valentine’s Day from noon to 4 pm in front of the school cafeteria. Buy a pretty rose and help send these kids on their trip to Washington, D.C.  Red roses are $5 per rose or $50 per dozen, other colors are $4 per rose or $40 per dozen. Non-parents must sign in at the front office and will be directed to the cafeteria. For more, call 508-696-6500.

When I was in school in Washington, we always commented on how many children came from across the country to visit our capital city. Now I wonder what they think about our government and how it works when they go home. I would love to hear the answer to that question.

Do the children know the value of a vote? Every chance to vote starts at home. Nora Nevin invites all Tisbury Democrats to the Tisbury Democratic Caucus a week from Saturday, February 22, at the Tisbury Senior Center at 10 am. The caucus is to elect delegates from our town to the 2014 Democratic State Convention in June in Worcester. Three delegates will be elected, plus three alternate delegates.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Fiona Mayhew and Lee Fierro. Fiona will be 7 and happily playing in the snow. Lee is celebrating her 85th birthday and also keeping busy directing in a play to come out in March.

Congratulations to Gayle Stiller and Chris Morse on Friday, celebrating their birthdays and

Valentine’s Day. Saturday belongs to Grace Burton-Sundman, Trina Kingsbury, and Rita Goulart. Lots of good folk partying on Sunday, especially Izzy Wajda and Mary Gillette. Wish the best on Monday to Colin Kennedy.

Best wishes for a very happy birthday on Tuesday go to Rebecca Perkalis and Carrie Tankard. We also send wishes for a rapid recovery to Carrie Tankard. Peter Palches celebrates 76 years on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Treasure the loves in your life. Happy Valentine’s Day. Friends are like balloons. Once you let them go, you won’t get them back.

Welcome home to Anna Duarte. We are pleased to announce that Anna has returned from Mass General. She is now in residence at Windemere and will be happy to see you.

Can you believe it? Fifty years ago tomorrow the Beatles arrived in America. They brought a new kind of music to us from England, although based on a lot of American music. I remember that Ed Sullivan wasn’t too sure what to make of these young men although the screaming teenage girls in his audience were delighted.

I would have much preferred the Beatles music to the noise presented as a musical halftime at the Big Game last Sunday. The fireworks were spectacular and would have been even more so for us if the camera man had not kept going back to the noise on the field. I do not like Pepsi at all, so my opinion has not changed.

It was an unusual game with what must be called an interesting final result. I do like new teams winning the big games although in my heart I do like Manning. That shows my age — and his, too.

Of course, as usual the puppy won the best commercial vote — both the Budweiser puppy and the one eating Doritos. The Ford commercial was disappointing. Aren’t you glad I don’t often spend much time evaluating commercials?

You are invited to the Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard meeting this Saturday at 9 am at the Howes House in West Tisbury. Some people from the new organization called 350 Martha’s Vineyard Island will describe their efforts to address climate change. That is a hot topic, but their coverage of parking at Squibnocket seems a bit off the subject. They will also discuss the health of waters surrounding the Island. I understand even Republicans are welcome.

I am not clear why Slow Food MV thinks we are playing Genetic Roulette. A film on the health dangers of genetically modified food defines our eating these foods as the Gamble of Our Lives. This film explores the health dangers of food containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Perhaps I need more information. The film will be shown on Wednesday at the Edgartown Library at 7 pm. It is sponsored by Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard.

Thank heavens for the brief days of sunshine that melt away our snow piles and clear up the icy spots in between storms. It just isn’t fair that we seem to be getting all the snow and towns farther north are getting the sunshine. Did Mother Nature ever play fair?

I do hope the matter of the bigger Stop & Shop is settled soon enough so that any work can be done before the summer visitors arrive. I am not sure why we have to wait while the folks from up Island decide whether we can have a better store. The Commission surely does not intend any new work to wait until they sort out the issues of Five Corners. A stop light would take care of that. Now please let me have a decent market downtown.

The selectmen said there would be another hearing on the issues of the parking lot, but I cannot find out when that might be. When the selectmen last changed things down there, they took away at least ten parking spaces from the rest of us. I am not terribly hopeful matters will improve any this time around.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Pamela Campagna and Rosemary Brown, who was long known as the best grandma in town.

Tomorrow belongs to Dan Harnen. Wish the best to Joan McDonough on Sunday. Celebrating Monday are James O’Donnell and Jainaba Burton-Sundman. Judy Pachico parties on Tuesday. Happy birthday to Eli Thomas Hanschka and Nat Benjamin. These two should be honored to share a birthday with Abe Lincoln.

Heard on Main Street: Time, like a snowflake, disappears while we’re trying to decide what to do with it.

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My father was born 142 years ago today. That was an very long time ago — and, yes, he was pretty old when I was born. He lived in exciting times. He was ten when he saw his first electric light at a world’s fair but lived to see Americans go into space. That is really quite amazing.

Tonight at 7 is the first part of the Vineyard Haven Library program on America’s Music held at the Cornell Theatre. The topic is gospel music and blues. Peter Boak will lead the discussion.

Last October’s government shutdown has only slightly affected filing dates for income tax. The Internal Revenue Service says it won’t process tax returns before the end of January. That sounds as if it should be good news. Except the April 15 tax deadline is set by statute and will remain in place. Then again, the IRS reminds taxpayers that anyone can request an automatic six-month extension. The request is easily done with Form 4868. They say that new year-end tax planning information has been added to IRS.gov as late as this week.

I was thinking how nice it was to have a warm — well, warmer — day in the midst of all the very cold days with snow on the ground. I have just realized how unfortunate it is. The snow begins melting and just as it has a nice cover of water on the ground, the temperature shoots down to very cold. Now we have some serious ice issues facing us. Main Street was a dangerous mess early last Sunday morning. After some sunshine at least the one side of the street was better — but only while the sun was shining. Stay warm. And be careful out there.

Want a summer job or to learn a new skill? The Mansion House is now offering Red Cross Life Saving. Jennifer Fragosa will supervise the PreTest on Sunday, February 2, at 3 pm. You can learn rescue and surveillance skills through videos and hands-on practice. The course teaches how to respond to aquatic emergencies. Register now for training to be a certified lifeguard. The course meets Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings from 6 to 9 pm at the Mansion House pool until March 6. For more, call Jennifer at 508-693-2200.

I did wish a happy birthday to Mev Good — and then I learned he was marking his 90th birthday. That requires extra special good wishes for the year ahead.

Some of the online information about community suppers is not quite correct. So that you know the facts: the United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard holds two different Community suppers.

The Oak Bluffs suppers are held at the Parish House of the Trinity Methodist Church, in the Campground, at 6 pm every Saturday. The Edgartown community suppers are held in the Whaling Church every Monday at 5 pm. And all are welcome.

Are you still waiting for the Copper Wok to open? They say they are nearing the end of all the work that had to be done. They plan to offer us good Chinese food, sushi, Pad Thai — all those foods of which we have been deprived on the Island. No opening date yet, but it does look as if the spring will bring us this new restaurant at last.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Susie Thurber who parties tomorrow. Wish the best on Saturday to Paul Watts. Sunday belongs to Jessica Shannon. Candles will be ablaze on the cake for Nancy Tutko Hanschka on Monday. Suzanne Crossland and George Rogers Sr. will celebrate on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: Talk slowly — but think quickly.

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I forgot to mention this last week. There is a special program this afternoon at 1:30 at the Tisbury Senior Center. That is if it doesn’t get cancelled by the predicted snow storm. Chuck Cotnoir, Beth Toomey, and Jim Klingensmith will tell you how to be prepared for an emergency in case of severe storms, power outages, and heavy winds. Call 508-696-4205 for more.

You have a chance for a special treat because the Vineyard Haven Library won a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant is for a free series called America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway. The six-week film and discussion program starts next Thursday night, Jan. 30, and every runsThursday through March 6. The programs begin promptly at 7 pm at the Cornell Theatre on Spring Street.

You can enjoy these free programs under the leadership of Peter Boak. The first session begins with bluegrass and the blues. Next will be musical theater and Broadway. The focus on February 13 will be on a century of jazz styles. The last three cover country music, then rock’n’roll, and finally Latin music, from mambo to hip-hop. For more details see vhlibrary.com.

Alan Brigish will discuss the late President Nelson Mandela in the context of South African history next Tuesday at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library. Brigish grew up and was educated in South Africa and met with Mandela in 1999. Learn more about various aspects of the current situation in South Africa and what may be ahead in the future.

Felicia Cheney is the children’s librarian at our library. She says that little ones will be happy to hear that next Tuesday is a special story time with Biscuit the puppy at 10 for up to three-year-olds and at 11 am for age three and up. Biscuit and Felicia will read a few stories, sing a few songs, and Biscuit will have a chance to visit with the kids.

This is the time of year that many of our restaurants close, some for a few weeks or even for the season. I am happy to say that there are many more open all year than in the past. When the cold and darkness gets to you, it can be a treat to enjoy a delicious meal cooked by someone else.

Next month is nearly here. There are some important classes available through Adult and Community Education (ACE MV) at the high school. Saturdays is a college course on Arts in Global Education which offers graduate and undergraduate credits. Tuesdays is ServSafe Food Sanitation Training classes with review and exam as well as Spanish Fluency MadeEasy. Wednesdays offers GED College Prep Math and yoga. Thursday the 6th Susan Klein leads a program on Storytelling. And just in time for Valentine’s Day is a cooking special benefit for ACE MV. Info at acemv.org or 774-310-1131.

Of course you know that your old pills will harm our water if you flush them? And can cause problems for your friends and neighbors. Keeping them is not a good idea either. Take your old pills in to the Police Station any weekday between 8 am and 4 pm. If you only have a few, mix them in with the old coffee grounds in your trash.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out next Monday to Caroline Davey. Our town accountant Suzanne Kennedy parties on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: If you need a shoulder to cry on, pull off to the side of the road.

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The winds blew away our downspouts and branches cluttered the ground. But the ferries managed to run in spite of the noisy, insistent winds last weekend. It was quiet on Main Street, with a view visitors from the Cape once the winds died down.

You know you are all welcome at the community suppers. The Good Shepherd Community Supper is this evening at St. Augustine’s. Every Thursday until March 27, dinner will be served at 5 pm.

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library hold mini book sales at our library on the third Saturday of each month. The next sale is Saturday but with a more convenient time, from 2 to 4 pm. Paperback books are $1 and $2 for hardcover, or $12 to fill a bag. Proceeds benefit library programs for children. Don’t shovel. Spend your next snowstorm with a good book.

The Vineyard Haven Library is hosting a two-part series to honor Nelson Mandela. A film screening of “Invictus” will be shown on the 21st at 7 pm. Then on the following Tuesday Alan Brigish will discuss Mandela in the broader context of South African history. Brigish grew up in South Africa and met Mandela in 1999.

And on January 30th the library begins a six-week program on American music. More on this next week.

According to Martin Luther King Jr., “Life’s most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” The First Baptist Church invites you to join in honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at a special service at 11 am on Sunday

Think spring. The Tisbury Travel Club has a trip for adults to the 2014 Spring Garden & Flower Show in Providence on Thursday, February 20. This year’s show combines America’s passion for gardening and our love affair with classic cars. Vintage autos will be the centerpiece and time theme for the gardens. See a 1950s period garden featuring a classic Belaire or an Italian piazza created around a classic Ferrari. There will be garden displays and garden marketplace vendors, as well as all kinds of demonstrations and lectures on organic gardening and sustainable landscaping, all amid the spectacular flower arrangements.

The Providence Convention Center has an enclosed sky-bridge that connects to the Providence Place Mall for shopping. Whether you want a sneak peek at spring; need to get away for the day, or want to learn about sustainability or flower design, call now to register for the trip. You will leave on the 8:15 am ferry and return at 5 pm. $38 includes show admission, motor coach roundtrip to Providence, and driver gratuity. Call 508-696-4205 weekdays.

The Vineyard Playhouse construction continues at the theater building through the winter. They promise to open in June, with a full season of plays. The program has not yet been announced. They have just received a challenge gift to secure the future of the playhouse. All gifts marked for the Biggs Challenge will be doubled if received by April. Send your donation to The Vineyard Playhouse at PO Box 2452, Vineyard Haven 02568. Checks must be marked Biggs Challenge. More at info@vineyardplayhouse.org.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Chuck Downing. Saturday belongs to Steve Soriano. Wish the chocolaty best on Sunday to Patti Linn. Happy birthday to Mev Good who parties on Monday. We hope Cathy Deese and Anne Downing enjoy their special day on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: It’s good advice: When nothing goes right, go left.

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Twenty-fourteen. That still sounds funny. But so far this is a really good year. Sure, I had to cancel a friend’s birthday party because of the snow. On the other hand, even us older folks enjoy an occasional snow day.

Best of all, my wonderful neighbor shoveled out my driveway and paths to the basement door and also the steps and porch to the front door. This was a very pleasant surprise and a very welcome treat. So far it is a really good year!

Grace Episcopal Church began weekly winter suppers last week. Because of construction, the hot evening meals on Fridays will be served at the Baptist Church parish hall. These community suppers are open to all every Friday from 5 to 6:30 pm through March 28. Drop in tomorrow on William at the corner of Spring Street. The meal is free although donations and volunteers are welcome. Call Grace Church for more, 508-693-0332.

The First Baptist Church offers breakfast on the second Saturday at 9 am at the Baptist parish hall on William Street. This Saturday enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, juice, and coffee for $8. A family of four costs $25 plus $5 for each additional family member. All are welcome, with no reservations. For more, call 508-693-1539.

Just a reminder: The First Congregational Church in West Tisbury is being renovated during January. The Sunday services are at 10 am at the Ag Hall.

The Methodist Church will begin the weekly Oak Bluffs Community suppers on Saturday at 6 pm at the Parish House in the Campground. On Monday, the Edgartown Community Suppers will restart at the Whaling Church.

During the holidays our newspaper deadlines had to be early. It seems odd now to be back in the old routine. Anything you send for the column should come to me by Sunday evening.

Mimi Davisson invites anyone interested to the January meeting of the MV Democrats this Saturday from 9 to 10:30 am at the Howes House in West Tisbury ( across the road from Alley’s). Special guest Dan Wolf, our state senator, will talk about key legislative issues.

An old friend of mine from New Hampshire now winters in Florida. This year, she says, her son and family from Alaska joined them to do Disneyland and such. Two other boys live in Florida and their families joined in the fun as well. Seeing more of family seems the best reason to go to Florida. I know several Islanders who report this same treat when they go south in the winter.

Do you recognize these names? Ellie Bates, Tom Durawa, Liz Fauteux, Madeline Fisher, Jill Jupen, Don McLagan, Andrea Quigley, and Annette Sandrock. Your friends and neighbors have been part of the Martha’s Vineyard Poets’ Collective for the past three years under the direction of Jill Jupen. Now they are joined by journalist Ted Hoagland to present their image-inspired writing in a program at the Vineyard Haven Library next Tuesday at 7 pm.

Annette, Don, Ellie, and Liz took photographs to accompany their haiku. Madeline used

her original Chinese brushstroke painting. Andrea’s haiku is inspired by Jenik Munafo’s painting, used with her permission. The poetry and the images that inspired the poems will be on display at the library through the month of January. The poems are published in a chapbook you can borrow from local libraries. The book was funded through a grant from the M.V. Center for the Visual Arts. A reception will follow the program.

You can learn many things besides how to garden or how to relax. Adult and Community Education (ACE MV) offers Relaxed Body, Open Mind, Deep Rest (meditation/stretch class) with Martha Abbot at The Yoga Barn next Wednesday morning. Info and registration at www.acemv.org or 774-310-1131. Sign up for programs now through March and April.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to David Burt. Wish the best to Gay Nelson on Sunday. Allan Davey Sr. parties on Monday. Happy birthday to Donna Paulson on Monday and to Tyler Paulson on Tuesday. Will they party at midnight?

Heard on Main Street: Music is what feelings sound like.

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The Mansion House celebrates 29 years this month with a slumber party for Islanders. You can stay there for $29 and enjoy the health club and pool. Then, on January 11 Islanders are invited to the Saturday Sampler. Attend free sample classes you might be reluctant to pay for without trying. Vineyarders can try different approach or exercise options, from high intensity interval workouts and Zumba to Pilates in the pool. For more, see mvmansionhouse.com or call 508-693-2200, ext. 104.

In December many customers of The Black Dog donated over $500 to the Vineyard Committee on Hunger. About 50 kids colored ornaments the weekend before Christmas and enjoyed a visit with Santa.

The Unitarian Universalist Society will soon hang a portrait in Stevens Chapel of Captain Gilbert L. Smith which was given by Kathryn Stewart. Capt. Smith was president of the Society from 1898 until his death in 1927 at age 98. The portrait is being reframed in a manner similar to the portrait of Rev. Waldo Stevens.

Last year Sunday was the only day of the week when a meal was not available for those in need. Then the Federated Church began a free lasagna lunch on Sundays. The Edgartown church will offer the free lasagna lunch beginning this week and continuing through March 30. Lunch is served 12:30 to 2:30 pm in the Parish House on 45 South Summer Street. The free meals include salad, bread, and cookies and all are welcome. Donations will not be accepted. For more, call 508-627-4421.

Music continues at the Federated Church with the All Church Cabaret on Saturday, January 11, at 7:30 pm. For $15 appetizers will be provided and beverages available for purchase. Enjoy Peter Boak on piano and many lovely voices, comedy music, and more. All proceeds benefit the Haiti Peace Quilts mission and the Federated Church.

Betsy Bray will give an illustrated talk about Beatrix Potter (1860-1943) on Sunday, January 12, at the Vineyard Haven Library. Following the free program at 2 pm refreshments will be served. Beatrix Potter is the well-known author and illustrator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and other classic children’s books, but she was also a diarist, sheep farmer, land conservationist, and community activist. Her gifts to the National Trust made possible the preservation of large areas of the Lake District in northwest England. Beatrix Potter overcame a strict Victorian childhood to become what Betsy considers “a woman ahead of her time.”

Betsy Bray has been a member and trustee of the Beatrix Potter Society since 1984. She has given illustrated talks to various groups in the U.S., U.K., Africa, and Australia. She gave a series of lectures on the transatlantic voyage on the Queen Mary 2. Betsy is a former librarian. You can reach Betsy Bray at 508-432-4824 or braybetsy@gmail.com.

Congratulations to Hank and Linda Unczur who celebrated 44 happy years together on January first.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes are due to Steve Bernier who partied on the first day of the year. John Chapman became a year older and wiser on Tuesday. Tomorrow wish the best to Romeo Bonelli. Sunday belongs to Roberta Kirn. Then on Monday Taylor Higgins will blow out her candles. Good wishes on Tuesday to Judy Belushi Pisano. Happy birthday to Allyson Wajda and Ned Orleans on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: At least keep your New Year’s resolutions through the end of the week.

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This year I was pleased to take advantage of the lovely Advent services at the West Tisbury Church led by Rev. Cathlin Baker. This was an exceptional experience. She promises to offer something similar during Lent.

The Advent services provided a comfortable preparation for the holiday season. I had not had such an experience before.

When I was a small child, there was a popular story about Christmas. Times were hard and for reasons of work, the father had to leave for a few weeks before Christmas. He had an old truck and was expected home on Christmas Eve. The little ones had faith that Daddy would be home in time.

Some of the older members of the family were concerned this might not happen. And some thought it was awful to even think it a possibility that Daddy would not be home for Christmas. As the story went, a terrible snow storm came up and other winter events conspired to impede travel in the area. After dark when the lights in windows shone out on the snow, the old truck made its way up the road and arrived home. Daddy came home safely — with piles of presents on the seat inside the truck. I hope you had this wonderful kind of Chirstmas this year.

The beautiful concert to benefit Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is always a treat and last week was no exception. How can it be that each year seems even better than the year before? There are many familiar faces among the talented musicians donating their time and talent. One group of singers included Molly Conole, Jenny Friedman, Shelley Brown, Julie Williamson, along with Kevin Ryan, Brad Austin, Glenn Carpenter, and Peter Boak. This octet entertained us while seeming to have a wonderful time performing together.

The audience was also treated to music by organist Wesley Brown, pianists Lisa Weiss and Wes Nagy, cellist Jan Hyer, and harpist Sandra Bittermann. Avalon Weiland, a very talented young harpist, joined in an instrumental trio with her brother, Andy, and father, Brian, to perform a beautiful arrangement of What Child Is This. We were entranced by Glenn Carpenter’s singing of a song called Sweet Little Jesus Boy. I enjoyed that one which I’d not heard before. The whole evening was a delight.

Jay LaVoie, one of the managers of The Black Dog in Vineyard Haven, reports that they have asked their customers to donate to the Vineyard Committee on Hunger. In the first few weeks of this month, there was about $300 collected.

We were delighted to celebrate our holiday this year with our young granddaughters. Rory is eight and a half and last spent Christmas on the Island as an infant. This year she is joined with her six-year-old sister Fiona and of course her parents, Craig and Laura Mayhew. They decorated our tree — a treat for little girls whose mother usually chooses many fragile items for their family tree. We used the small wooden cookie ornaments painted by our own children years ago. That meant our holiday was both colorful and nostalgic.

Some of you stayed home and were happily taking part in the festivities all over the island. Many of you were traveling far to be with family, and we hope you will soon be safely home. It was rather fun to have our island to ourselves and see people out with their families in the mild weather. We wish you all a wonderful new year.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out Sunday, December 29, to Peter VanTassel,

Toby Riseborough, and Toby’s aunt Denise Dorsey Cafarelli. On Monday we send happy birthday wishes to Ron Druett who parties in New Zealand.

Heard on Main Street: Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.

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The U.S. Post Office has long enough lines to consider getting there early. They will be open Saturday and Sunday this weekend. That’s for us slow folks.

Running out of time? You can shop the Small Wonders Holiday Show, terrific art by Islanders, and order online from the Louisa Gould Gallery. If you’re lucky, you can also see the latest cute photo of her young son. Go to www.louisagould.com for more.

The Christmas Tea and Sale is on Saturday from 2 to 4 pm at the parish hall of the First Baptist Church. Tea, coffee, tea sandwiches, and cookies are offered. There are gifts and baked goods at reasonable prices. Tea tickets at the door $7 or children at $4 or in advance at 508-693-1539.

The Baptist Church is hosting the open Christmas dinner this year. Check with them for more at 508-693-1539.

Join the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and the committee to Save the Gay Head Lighthouse for music, food, drinks, and fun. A Winter Solstice celebration is on Saturday from 3 to 5 pm at the Gay Head Lighthouse. The event is free and open to all.

Shop Main Street for all your holiday needs. Some lovely items are already on sale and you can see what you want to ask Santa to look for.

There was a good turnout of voters for the town meeting last week, even in the ice and snow. The best part of the meeting was the standing ovation for 20 years of excellent service from our Public Works Director Fred LaPiana. Fred has brought the sewer to our town along with many other improvements. He will be a tough act to follow.

There were some other good moves made by the voters. The Tisbury School roof will be repaired. It sure was creaking ominously during the meeting. And the selectmen in their wisdom withdrew a couple of issues that promised long and painful discussions.

Interesting handicrafts are at Peacecraft with holiday goods to benefit people in other countries, such as Haiti. The holiday shop is behind the Beach House on 30 Main Street. Volunteers will serve you through Christmas Eve, daily from 11 am to 5 pm..

Susan Goldstein has a holiday story about a guest who went to 12 twelve years ago and

came back to find the Tisbury Inn in flames. Charles Farley returned to the Island a week ago to return his room key and share his story of that misadventure.

Want some tasty stocking stuffers? Have you been to the Winter Farmer’s Market at the Ag Hall? This Saturday, 10 am–1 pm, you can find delicious homemade treats. Last time I got some wonderful bread and butter pickles, jams, and chutneys

There will be no program at the Vineyard Haven Library on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. The library will close at 1 pm those Tuesdays and reopen two days later.

Marsha Winsryg is selling African handmade crafts to support disabled and orphaned Zambian children. Barbara Courtney has donated the space at 61 Main Street in Edgartown.

Congratulations go out Sunday to Fred and Jill LaPiana on their 35th wedding anniversary.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Sunday to Vera Shorter. Wish a very happy birthday to Liam Patrick Bruni. He parties a week from today.

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