Authors Posts by Kay Mayhew

Kay Mayhew

Kay Mayhew

Best wishes for a rapid recovery go out to Steve Nichols. He is in rehab at Brewster while he learns how to break in his new hip.

The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking receives an earth-shattering diagnosis at age 21. With Wilde fighting by his side, Hawking embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of — time. Together they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. 7:30 pm tonight at the MV Film Center.

Monday night at the movies with Jamie Alley features The Night of the Iguana with Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr. A defrocked Episcopal minister, leading a tour group of Baptist schoolteachers, has a nervous breakdown at the jungle hotel of an old friend in Mexico. He confronts his demons and examines his life. One of the best screen adaptations of Tennessee Williams’s work. $5 at the Vineyard Playhouse at 7:30 pm.

The Vineyard Haven Library offers a free movie on Tuesday called The Good Lie. They were known as the Lost Boys. Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3,600 lost boys and girls to America.

The Tisbury Planning Board and the Board of Selectmen invite you to a Community Vision Planning Meeting on Wednesday at 7 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center. They will review the vision-planning process, and present plans for action. They want to know what you think about the short- and long-term priorities. They hope to set a working agenda for elected officials and town committees. This is your town. It is up to you what it becomes in the future.

Classes in such things as pottery and drawing are open now at Featherstone. Also call 508-693-1850 now if you’d like to travel to the Worcester Art Museum for the Flora in Winter show next Thursday.

On Saturday the MV Playhouse offers a Winter Cabaret called Wicket Good at 7:30 pm. Enjoy lively music and lovely voices with Molly Conole, Shelagh Hackett, Paul Munafo, and Ken Romero. Tickets for reserved seating are $23 in advance.

Everyone is invited. Come to the fair!

Be proud of our high school and the students. Every one of you is invited to the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School 2015 Science and Engineering Fair, which is only open for one hour from 11:15 am, a week from Saturday on Feb. 7. Learn about hands-on science from the next generation of scientists. The students ask good questions about interesting topics, and then work out methods to obtain data and test ideas. Finally they present their work to judges, parents, peers, and to you and me. They do this with enthusiasm, poise, pride, and delight. As part of the fair, the Marine & Paleobiological Research Institute (MPRI) sponsors an award to recognize an outstanding marine or coastal-science project. Last year MPRI recognized Mary McCarthy and Lena Hanschka for “The Effect of Different Salinities on Brine Shrimp.” MPRI aims to preserve our world fossil heritage. They bring fossils into classrooms and celebrate National Fossil Day in October at the Oak Bluffs Library. More at

Big bunches of birthday-balloon wishes go out to Caroline Davey on Tuesday.

Heard on Main Street: The 10 Commandments are not multiple-choice.

Whether you support Community Services or like to take advantage of a real bargain, you should shop at the Thrift Shop. From books to bureaus, there is something for everyone. My husband finds computer cables, whatever they are. You could be pleasantly surprised.

Tomorrow, Friday, the Shabbat service at 5:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center will pay homage to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his friend Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. For the 17th year, the Martha’s Vineyard chapter of the NAACP and the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center co-cosponsor this tribute to the Rev. King and Rabbi Heschel. Rabbi Caryn Broitman will lead the service.

The singing of freedom songs from the civil rights movement and from Jewish tradition will take place, with discussion concerning present civil rights. After singing and sharing experiences, those attending will be asked to take responsibility to improve, if even in a small way, intergroup relations concerning rights for all on our island, our state, or our nation. Members of the Island community are encouraged to attend and participate. An Oneg Shabbat of light refreshments will follow the tribute. For more information: 508-627-7456.

ACE MV walk-in registration is from 5 pm to 6:30 pm Thursday evening at the MV Regional High School front lobby. Check out new course offerings for winter 2015. Choose from 36 classes, including Social Justice for graduate credit, Investing, Rug Hooking, Guitar, Wampanoag Culture, languages and more. Email

On Saturday from 10 am to noon, you can learn to use free library ebooks and downloadable audiobooks at the Vineyard Haven library. Call 508-696-4210 for an appointment. Then from 2 pm to 4 pm, stock up on your reading material at the mini book sale.

On Tuesday at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven library, Demaris Wehr speaks about “Forgiveness: In the Teeth of Genocide.” This will focus on the life of Vahidin Omanovic, a young, inspiring Muslim priest. Vahidin was 15 when genocide hit his Bosnian village.

On Sunday January 25 at our library, you can spend Sunday with Friends — the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library, that is. At 2 pm, enjoy Travel Talk with Anita Hotchkiss. Travel the world without leaving Martha’s Vineyard as Anita shares photographs from her recent trip to Mongolia. The talk is free, and refreshments will be served.

Monday night at the movies with Jamie Alley this week features Nightmare Alley with Tyrone Power. An amoral carny works his way up to high society using a mind-reading mentalist scam. He takes a spectacular fall and lands back at the carnival as a sideshow. This is a dark and distressing film noir, dripping with atmosphere. $5 at the Vineyard Playhouse at 7:30 pm.

Also on Tuesday at 7:30, see Cake at the MV Film Center, starring Jennifer Aniston. This is the story of a woman addicted to painkillers who begins to see visions of a woman from her chronic pain support group who commits suicide.

And also at the Film Center: Art at the Feldman Family Artspace. Artists who want to exhibit work should submit a letter, résumé, and examples of the work you’d like to show on paper, slides, or online by March 1 to; more at

We can hope that this cold winter weather will kill off some germs. Friends from across the country have told the unhappy stories of colds and flu, from Canada to Colorado, even in sunny Florida. Thanks to the Internet, I don’t have to share my cold or maybe my version of the flu. Whatever I had might have been worse had I not had a flu shot.

My husband was sent home from his long hospital stay with several pages of notes. One page stated that he had been suffering from Community Pneumonia. This is described as coming from friends and family. We can only wish our own community had been less sharing.

It is no fun being sick, so I wish you all well. My advice is to drink lots of liquids, wash your hands more than often, and try not to cough or sneeze on anyone else. Remember, Scotch or wine qualifies as liquid. Then keep warm and stay well.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Chuck Downing on Saturday. Also I want remind you that Benjamin Franklin was born on Milk Street in Boston on Jan. 17 of 1706. Sunday belongs to Steve Soriano. Wish the best on Monday to Patti Linn; you may find her cooking up some of her delicious chocolate. Good wishes for many happy returns go out to Mev Good on Tuesday. Happy, happy birthday to Cathy Deese and Anne Downing on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s birthday on Saturday: Go fly a kite.

Thanks to the wonderful nursing care at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, my husband Donald should be home by the time you read this. They were all especially kind and caring in helping him recover from a severe bout of pneumonia.

I also want to send thanks out to Whit Griswold, who for so many years has kept my spelling corrected and my ideas clear and put up with so many last-minute inserts to the Tisbury column. He is going on to spend more time writing, and I wish him well. I also look forward to reading what he produces. He even helped dig my car out of the mud after a Times Christmas party. Thanks for the memories, Whit.

Parents: It is that time of year. If you have a child beginning kindergarten next fall, you need to call Barbara Armstrong at 508-696-6500. You will want a kindergarten registration packet and to set up a registration appointment for the 2015-’16 school year. Children eligible for kindergarten must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2015.

Tonight at 7:30 at the Vineyard Playhouse you can enjoy Willy Mason and Jemima James. Then on Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3:30 pm, enjoy Shakespeare for the Masses, featuring “Richard III.” This event is free; donations are welcome.

On Friday at 7:30 pm at the MV Film Center, see “Wild.” Based on a 2012 memoir, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” describing a 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in a journey of self-discovery, the film captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. With no experience, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone.

Even our plants are confused by this strange weather, warm one day and freezing the next. It does seem odd to see forsythia blossoms and be scraping the ice off my windshield. Stay warm and keep dry whatever the weather brings.

Rev. Bill Clark of the UU Church will explore aspects of “The Art of Living” this Sunday at 11 am. All are welcome.

The Federated Church has announced that its parishioners will offer free lasagna dinner on Sundays through March from 12:30 to 2 pm at the parish hall in Edgartown.

Need a getaway? To celebrate 30 years in business in Vineyard Haven, Sherm and Susie Goldstein invite all island residents to a Slumber Party in January. The Mansion House rooms will be only $30 per person based on d.o. Island guests can take a dip in the swimming pool, steam room, sauna, and hot tub, work up a sweat with a class in the health club, or stargaze on the Cupola Deck. Massages and other spa services can be scheduled. For more information, visit the front desk or call 508-693-2200 for more details.

The Vineyard Haven library is offering a two-part program on Bosnia. Next Tuesday at 7 pm, hear Demaris Wehr on the topic of her new book, “Making It Through: Bosnian Survivors Telling Stories of Truth.” You will learn about the unique way individual survivors made it through the war.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 pm, Demaris speaks about “Forgiveness: In the Teeth of Genocide.” This will focus on the life of Vahidin Omanovic, a young, inspiring Muslim priest. Omanovic was 15 when genocide hit his Bosnian village.

The Family History Center and the Martha’s Vineyard chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists will hold a free open house for the public on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 10 to 4. Beginners in genealogy or those with sticky questions should drop by for help, or just to talk about your family history. This is at the Family History Center at Merchant’s Mart, across the parking lot from the Black Dog Café.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Allyson Wajda and Ned Orleans. On Saturday, wish the best to David Burt. Monday belongs to Gay Nelson. Happy birthday to Allan Davey Sr. and Donna Paulson, who will celebrate on Tuesday. Then wish a happy one to Tyler Paulson on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Don’t go to bed angry; stay up.

The Vineyard Haven Library will close at 1 pm Wednesday and reopen on Friday. On Sunday at 1 pm Jennifer will show you how to make a hardcover book from scratch. All materials provided, free for adults and teens aged 12 and up.

The MV Film Center invites you to a New Year’s Eve Bash: a night of film, food, and music 7:30 pm to 12:30. The movie begins at 8 pm. Blending comedy with romance, Top Five digs under the surface of show business and politics as well as the pressures of being black and famous. Rated R. At 10 pm is live music with jazz trio Eric Johnson and friends. After 11:30 see activities in New York’s Times Square. Note that hors d’oeuvres and libations will be served after the movie in the lobby, so you should dine before arriving. Proceeds benefit the MV Film Society. Tickets are $70 general admission, $60 for members.

Courtney Minnehan is an Island girl putting herself through college. She is a senior, pursuing a degree in art education at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Her original art prints are available at Citrine in Vineyard Haven. Her work is also sold at Bella Funk in Littleton, N.H., and The Roaster Room in Campton, N.H. Her original design is cut into a stencil from which she creates original prints. Her Island map print is very popular, and she can personalize one for you. Check out her work at Citrine.

Missing your lobster rolls? Grace Church will sell winter lobster rolls next Sunday from noon to 2 pm. Hotdogs, pies, and chips also available. This will happen on the first Sunday through the winter months. For more, call 508-693-0332.

On Tuesday, January 6, at 7 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library, hear Michael Blanchard talk about his new book Fighting for My Life: Finding Hope and Serenity on Martha’s Vineyard. Mike’s passion for photography paralleled his first steps toward recovery from alcohol addiction. He describes the use of photography in recovery programs dealing with cancer or addiction. His pictures will be on display in the library for the month of January.

On Wednesday at the library, the Long Point Five celebrate the New Year with a concert, with John Schilling on trumpet, Jim Athearn on trombone, Julie Schilling on clarinet, Bud Larson on flute, and Jeri Larson on piano. Refreshments following.

Susan Klein’s Spice of Life memoir writing class will be held on Thursday afternoons in January and February at the Tisbury Senior Center. This session is at a special reduced price, compliments of the Tisbury COA. Call Susan to register at 508-693-4140.

The Family History Center and the MV chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists will hold an free open house for the public on Saturday, January 24, from 10 to 4. Beginners in genealogy or those with sticky questions should drop by for help in organizing your family history. This will be at the Family History Center in Merchant’s Mart, across the parking lot from the Black Dog Café.

ACE-MV offers some special winter workshops including Wampanoag Culture and Arts as well as Education and Social Justice. Atria Restaurant will offer an Introduction to Wine and a Valentines Day Cooking Benefit for ACE. Online registration is now open Walk-in registration for ACE is next Thursday from 5 to 6:30 pm in the lobby of the high school. The winter session runs through February 14 though the GED and citizenship programs continue through March.

Congratulations to Hank and Linda (Dickson) Unczur who celebrate their anniversary on the first day of the new year.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out for New Year’s Day to Mark Kurth, Steve Bernier, and Jeremy Rockman. Wish a happy one to John Chapman on Friday, the second. Sunday belongs to Romeo Bonelli. Roberta Kirn parties on Monday. Taylor Higgins marks her special day on Tuesday. Happy birthday to Judy Belushi Pisano who celebrates next Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Happiness is good health and a bad memory (Ingrid Bergman).

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. 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 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

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?

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

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.