Town Columns


By Kay Mayhew - December 14, 2006

If you were downtown on Sunday, you would have seen Santa Claus. The jolly man in the red suit was waving to everyone he saw. He traveled through town on the fire truck with his firemen friends before meeting with good little boys and girls to hear their Christmas wishes.

This is the time of year to enjoy all the decorations. Now that the sun sets before 5 pm, you can enjoy the marvelous holiday lights all over town and still be home for supper. The shop windows are glorious, a number of trees are simply sparkling, and many of your neighbors have done a magnificent job this year of celebrating the season of lights.

Listen for the bells. On Saturday from noon to 1 pm the bell choir of the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury will perform in front of the Capawock Theater. There is something special about the sound of hand bells outdoors.

On Sunday afternoon at 3 pm you are invited to enjoy a staged reading, directed by Leslie J. Stark, of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at the Unitarian Universalist Society.

The Tisbury Senior Center is busy this weekend, as is Mr. Stark. Today and Monday the same Leslie J. Stark will present "Christmas Jazz" with festive refreshments. Then on Sunday you can visit the first monthly "Buccaneers Bazaar...A Trove of Treasures" from 1 to 4 pm. Are you looking for a unique present, delectable holiday treats, Christmas cookies, handmade crafts, jewelry, antiques? Island artisans (many are seniors) will display their goods. The bazaar is sponsored by the Friends of the Tisbury Council on Aging. Anyone interested in renting a table for $10 should call Tony Guyther at 508-693-8629.

Sandy Whitworth says that the Tisbury Travel Club has tickets available for the Jan. 12 and Feb. 2 matinee concerts of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. There are also tickets available to see "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekov at the Huntington Theatre in Boston on Jan. 31 and the Rhode Island Spring Garden & Flower Show on Feb. 22 with the theme "Artistic Impressions." Call Sandy at 508-696 4205 for reservations.

Islanders Meg Spokus, Jeanne Staples, Karen Flynn, and Margaret Mayhew Penicaud will travel to Haiti in January to hold a quilting workshop. The goal is to form independent women's cooperatives creating one-of-a-kind art quilts utilizing authentic Haitian imagery. Donations of fabric, thread, needles, cotton batting, and other quilting items can be dropped off at the Heath Hen Yarn and Quilt Shop or the Vineyard Haven Library. This is a new initiative of the Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project. For more information on how you can get involved, call Jeanne Staples at 508-627-8363.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Sunday to Lyrae Littlefield and Kate Malkie. Patty Radway parties on Wednesday.

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