Town Column


By Kay Mayhew
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Posted November 21, 2007

Best wishes for a speedy recovery go to Dorothy White. She is in rehab at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital after a knee replacement. Dorothy is in room 410, with a nice view of the park and bird feeders, one of her favorite ways to pass the time.

This weekend you can enjoy some special opportunities. The Historical Society has renovated the lighthouses at East Chop and Edgartown. Edgartown now has an indoor circular stairway to lead you up to an incredible view across the harbor. On Friday and Saturday, you are invited to an open house at each of these lighthouses to see what a fine job the Historical Society has done as caretakers of these important Island landmarks.

Speaking of the M.V. Museum, once again they are hosting an Appraisal Day with the experts from Skinner's. Bring in your precious articles to find out their value. If you wish, you can even leave the items to be auctioned by Skinner's. The cost is $10 per item. Call 508-627-4441 ext. 123 to reserve your space in line.

If you have some costume jewelry you no longer want, you can donate that to the museum for sale during Christmas in Edgartown.

New Englanders have long been known for their ability to drop the "r" in some words and add an "r" in others. You have certainly heard of "Havaad Yaad." I tease my husband because he once insisted that there was an "r" in Abigail. The folks at Stop & Shop, at least in Hyannis, add an extra "r", too. They sell bottled water by a company called Acadia. But the shelf list giving prices abbreviates the name to "Arc."

Starting next Monday after school the Tisbury School Library will host a fun-filled Book Fair geared to excite children about reading. Books are for children and adults. The library will use the funds to purchase print, audio, and video resources. Whitney Burke says parents, students, teachers, and grandparents are invited on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:45 to 4 pm, and Wednesday from 2:45 until 7 pm.

Hospice of Martha's Vineyard will have its annual fundraiser, Handmade from the Heart, on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 am to 4 pm. The Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown will be the setting for the gala display of handmade garments, specialty items, crafts, decorations, and delicious baked goods. This is the perfect place to find treasures with an Island flare. All the items are donated for sale to benefit Hospice. If you would like to donate handmade items or home baked goods for Hospice, call 508-693-0189.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Alexander Ray. This youngster is celebrating his first birthday. He is the son of Matt and Jennifer, whose family has moved back to the Island. Little Alexander and his 2-year-old sister Charlotte love it here so far and will be celebrating Thanksgiving on his birthday.

Belated birthday greetings go out to Craig Dripps, who celebrated a big one yesterday. Best wishes for a very happy birthday go out to Chris Chandler on Monday. We wish you both many more.

Heard on Main Street: We can never know all the good that a simple smile can do. Smile, and have a Happy Thanksgiving.