Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted January 11, 2007

By the time you read this, our spring-like weather will be only a memory. Now we can really dig into our winter menus of hot soups, stews, and chili. In my childhood memories winter weather means that cocoa is waiting for you. Popcorn is available at the movie theater. And we have art films as well.

The winter film series presented by the Martha's Vineyard Film Society continues this week at the Katharine Cornell Theatre. We will tell you more later about the annual Oscar Party on Feb. 25. For now you can just mark your calendar.

At 7:30 pm this Saturday you can see "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu." This film has been acclaimed the world over as the best comedy of the year. It is co-sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Peace Council. Next week on Jan. 20 is "Iraq in Fragments," a visually stunning documentary that looks at that country through the eyes of its own people. Finally, on Jan. 27 see "Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?" This is the story of a thrift shop painting that may be worth a fortune. Doors open at 7 for 7:30 pm screenings.

If you have not checked out the art sale at the Louisa Gould Gallery, you should know that Saturday is the last day. Louisa is not going out of business, but she is moving to another location. Check out end-of-season sales at other shops as well. The Beach House still has linens on sale, and holiday items are on sale all over town.

Want to know more about the geological history of the Island? Dr. Charles Ratte will speak about how the glaciers helped to form our Island home at 3 pm on Sunday, Jan. 21, on behalf of the Friends of the Vineyard Haven Library. Refreshments will be served following the talk.

You were asking: The new building at Woodland Center is supposed to be a UPS store.

You will get a vacation from me next week because I am planning on a few days in the Florida sunshine before I come back to face the winter. Then I expect you to call and write me with your news and comments.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Saturday to Bob Reinhart, Allan Davey Sr., and Donna Paulson. Sunday belongs to Tyler Paulson and Harry B. Jones.

Wish the best next week on Wednesday to Chuck Downing and Dean Francis Sayre.

Steve Soriano parties on Jan. 18. Saturday, Jan. 20 belongs to Patricia Neal. Happy birthday on Jan. 21 to Cathy Deese and Anne Downing. Joy Stuart Bergstrom celebrates on Jan. 22, and Kevin Hammond on Jan. 24.

Heard on Main Street: Life's most urgent question is, "what are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King Jr.