The Benefits of Shopping

By Anna Marie D'Addarie - November 30, 2006

Across the Island, volunteers are busy baking cookies, knitting hats and scarves, turning scallop shells into ornaments, and spending every free moment preparing for one of the many holiday bazaars. Like Santa's elves, these Islanders are making beautiful holiday gifts. Their time and talent will help others when these lovely items are sold to benefit charity.

Some groups, such as Fish Farm for Haiti, have gone to the far corners of the world to bring exotic items to our shores. The money raised will help those in need as well as the artisans who made the gifts.

Island artists have been busy as well. You will find their work, generously donated, in silent auctions and sales across the Island. Make a statement with your shopping dollars. Give a handmade, homemade gift that benefits everyone.

Sunday, Dec. 3, 11 am to 5 pm
Martha's Vineyard Craft Cooperative,
Union Street, Vineyard Haven.
The only true artisans cooperative.
Refreshments served. 508-693-2314.

Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 to 4 pm
Good Shepherd Parish Center,
55 School Street, Oak Bluffs.
Holiday Happening with theme baskets, a 50/50 raffle, centerpieces, handmade crafts and more.
508-693-0342.

Next weekend
Christmas in Edgartown, Dec. 8, 9, 10
Holiday happenings throughout town. Check the Calendar listings for events and times. Don't miss Handmade from the Heart, a Hospice benefit, on Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House.

Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 am to 3 pm
Oak Bluffs School, Trade Winds Road.
NAACP hosts Holiday Bazaar. A silent auction, white elephant table, jewelry, delicious baked goods, chili and more. 508-693-2797 or
508-693-3435.

Saturday, Dec. 9, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
First Congregational Church
of West Tisbury.
Annual Christmas Faire with luncheon served from 11 am to 1 pm. Holiday decorations, wreaths, jewelry, children's table, and bake sale.

Daily through Dec. 20
12 noon to 4 pm
Featherstone Center for the Arts, Barnes Rd., Oak Bluffs.
Holiday Gift Shop has a variety of items made by artisans and artists. 508-693-1850.

Monday through Saturday
through Dec. 23
11 am to 4 pm
Peacecraft Gift Shop at the Daily Grind Café, Tisbury Marketplace. Buy gifts from around the world. Self-help programs benefit from the sale of these items. 508-939-9094. Volunteers needed to man the shop.

Daily beginning
Wednesday, Dec. 6 through Saturday, Dec. 23
10 am to 4 pm
Sail MV, 110 Main St.,
Vineyard Haven.
Sail MV Maritime art exhibit and sale to benefit Island youth sailing programs. Opening reception on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 7 pm. 508-696-7644.

Tuesday, Dec. 12 and
Tuesday, Dec. 19
11 am to 1 pm
Windemere Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center, Beach Rd., Oak Bluffs
Windemere Woolies knitting group scarf sale.
508-696-6465, ext. 722.

Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3
9 am to 2 pm
African Craft Sale on New Lane in West Tisbury.
The sale benefits a Zambian orphanage and disabled children's home. Purchase work made by the African Artists' Community Development Project. 508-693-4059.

Saturday, Dec. 2
9 am to 3 pm
Oak Bluffs Senior Center, Wamsutta Ave., Oak Bluffs.
The Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging invite you to their holiday bazaar. Holiday gift items, costume jewelry, plants, and a silent auction are among the goods to be found. Enjoy chili, kale soup, and hot beverages while shopping.

Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3
10 am to 4 pm
Martha's Vineyard Regional High School cafeteria,
Oak Bluffs.
Annual Vineyard Craftsmen Fair benefits the scholarship fund. More than 50 Island vendors and a great variety of items. 508-693-8989.

Saturday, Dec. 2
11 am to 2 pm
Federated Church,
24 S. Summer St., parish house, Edgartown.
The annual Whale of a Sale has something for everyone. A delicious lunch is served. 508-627-4421.

Saturday, Dec. 2
11 am to 2 pm
Grace Episcopal Church, Woodlawn Ave., Vineyard Haven
Annual Holly Day. Come for luncheon, and shop for crafts, baked goods, and fresh greens to benefit the church and the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund. 508-693-0332.

Saturday, Dec. 2
11 am to 2 pm
American Legion Hall, Martin Road, Vineyard Haven.
The American Legion Post 257 Auxiliary hosts a Christmas Bazaar and food sale. Homemade candies, freshly-baked breads, desserts, theme baskets and new items for sale, as well as a raffle. 508-693-3990.

Saturday, Dec. 2
6:30 pm
Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center,
Center Street, Vineyard Haven.
Benefits the people in Darfur, Sudan. Traditional Indian feast with world beat music by Greta Bro and Ricardo Frota.
$35 suggested donation or $25 with a vegetarian dish to share.
Reservations: 508-696-1917.