Town Column


By Jacqueline Sexton
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Posted November 15, 2007

The fall foliage on the Island this year seems more colorful than usual. Every conceivable shade of orangey red is on display. A tall slender Japanese dogwood behind our house is a flame-red orange, especially dramatic against the white landscape produced by Monday morning's frost. Another dogwood on the other side of the house has yellow-orange and green leaves. Each to its own pace.

A reminder to friends of Marvin Joslow and of the library that the Friends of the Library have donated a tree in his memory at the edge of the back terrace and will conduct a ceremony with refreshments, on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2:30 pm. Everyone is invited.

Representatives from all the town boards are meeting tonight at 7 pm at the community center for their annual exchange of ideas. Discussion topics include updates and project planning, master plan updates, department needs for FY2008, and warrant ideas for the 2009 meeting. If you can bring a snack or dessert, members will be most appreciative.

The current issue of Martha's Vineyard Writing, a journal of essays, poems, short stories and memoirs, is out and available at bookstores. Among Chilmark writers represented are Donald Nitchie, Ann Lees, Nelson Potter, Ethel Sherman, Ernie Weiss, and Michael Levine.

Be sure to look for students running the annual Turkey Trot next Tuesday morning, Nov. 20. Students will return to school for a full day afterwards.

For those who look ahead, Coco Adams is organizing the first of her winter flea markets in the community center in January and will need someone to do the catering. Hot dogs, lobster rolls, donuts, coffee, tea, and/or whatever else seems like a good and nutritious idea will be welcome. Please call Coco for details at 508-645-3414.

Library hours for Thanksgiving week are as usual except for Wednesday, Nov. 21, when it will be open from 10:30 am to 3 pm. It will be closed all day on Thursday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day.

The Methodist Cooperative Parish has plans for some changes while congregations are getting used to the idea of a cooperative parish. Instead of two pastors rotating on a weekly basis, they will henceforth be rotated every month. Thus, for the month of November, the Rev. Susan Heyfield will lead the worship service; in December, pastor Rich Rego will preside.

Other changes include updating technology in the administrative office, which is in the Chilmark parish. This involves the acquisition of a wireless laptop and installation of software so that bulletins, calendars, and other church news will be available online.

Pastor Rego is planning workshops in computer use for adults and teenagers, as well as a men's social gathering for breakfast, lunch, or a snack. And plans for a men's gospel group are underway. For more information about any of these plans, please call him at 508-693-0589.

Advent and Christmas Cantata rehearsals are underway at Chilmark on Sundays, Nov. 18 and 25, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Singers of every description are needed.

The adult study group meets in Chilmark at 9:45 am on Sundays and will study Elaine Pagels's "Beyond Belief." For more details, please call the Rev. Vicky Hanjian at 508-696-8225.