Good wishes go out to Nancy Young. She is recovering from surgery at Beth Israel Hospital. She is also facing further treatment, probably at a local rehabilitation center. I will give you an address next week.
Hanukah began yesterday and runs for eight days. The community is invited to the Hebrew Center on Friday at 5:30 pm to participate in the Festival of Lights. Call 508-693-0745.
The free horse and wagon rides are popular even on very cold Saturdays, as Fred Fisher takes passengers through the village the old-fashioned way during the holiday season. Downtown is sparkling, with holiday decorations, bright ideas appearing in shop windows, and small green trees along Main Street. White lights twinkle in the greenery around the lampposts, adding more glitter to the street.
Many of us are enjoying our holiday shopping while supporting Island causes. You can even buy jewelry at the Library. A limited edition sterling silver charm of the Vineyard Haven Library is offered by the Friends for $120. They are available at the front desk of the library or by calling 508-693-0833. The library also offers Knitting for Peace with Jo Weinberg on Saturday mornings at 11. Other knitters can be found at the Tisbury Senior Center on Friday mornings from 10 am to 12 noon.
See "The Homecoming" at the Vineyard Playhouse all weekend. You know the story: The Waltons are about to celebrate Christmas during the Depression. John Walton promised to be home on Christmas Eve but seems to be very late. This is where you come in.
The Rev. Judy Campbell held a snowflake workshop at the Unitarian Universalist Society last Saturday. She taught us to make intricate, three-dimensional paper snowflakes. They are simpler to make than they look. They will be used to decorate the church for Susan Klein's Christmas Stories next Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15. The stories are appropriate for children ages 8 and up. I made an extra snowflake to bring home.
Come to the reception at the Louisa Gould Gallery for a maritime art show on Sunday from 4 to 7 pm. A portion of the proceeds will help people access the waters around Martha's Vineyard through the program at Sail MV. The show runs from Saturday until Dec. 23. The Gallery specializes in Vineyard marine art and photography by photographer/painter Louisa Gould and other regional artists. Maritime art, jewelry, and more will be available at the Sail MV office, located at 110 Main Street, through December. A special reception will also be held on Sunday from 4 to 7 pm. A highlight of this show will be a silent auction of "The Cup Race," a painting by Thaw Malin, donated by the artist.
There are holiday bazaars at Edgartown, Chilmark, and West Tisbury this weekend, with fresh greens, white elephants, and red bows. The Hospice benefit is open at the Dr. Fisher House on Saturday.
Those of you who failed to take advantage of my offer to let you bag up to 20 turkeys for the holidays still have time to come to my house. My formerly white car now has a Dalmatian appearance so I would really love to find these babies a new home.
Big bunches of birthday balloons go out to Jessie Chandler tomorrow. Happy birthday to Polly Renear and Rachael Houston on Sunday. Monday belongs to our editor Doug Cabral.
Heard on Main Street: "Happy Hanukah!"