I am very happy to tell you that Lynne Benson is recovering from surgery and doing well. Though she cannot yet open the shop full time, she is back part time. Plans are that she will be in the Heath Hen Yarn & Quilt Shop from 10 am to 2 pm each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Stop by and wish her well.
The shop windows and lights are lovely in our town. My favorite this year is C.B. Stark's. Maybe that's because she starts off with lots of sparkles anyway. On Sunday afternoon, people from age eight to 80 waved at Santa when he rode through town on the bright yellow Legion Pumper fire truck. The firemen and the children delighted in the flashing lights and the sirens whooping and screaming.
Still searching for that special something? I needed a catnip mouse and couldn't find the Vineyard Holiday Gift Shop. This year you will find it at Pyewacket's instead of the Mansion House. A special gift for kitty is the "blue fish" and the striped "bass" stuffed with fresh catnip. Get the nature calendar to benefit Felix Neck as well as many other special gifts made by Islanders including Timeless Treasures Toys. The shop is open every day 10 am to 6 pm through Christmas Eve.
You've done most of the shopping. You've been on your feet. Won't it feel good to sit down with a cup of tea? Helen Burt suggests you get those last few items and enjoy the Christmas Tea & Sale from 2 to 4 pm on Saturday afternoon at the First Baptist Church parish hall.
Louisa Gould invites you to an open house at the Gallery from 2 to 6 pm on Sunday. The annual holiday show features new work of Marjorie Mason, Robert Jewett, Thaw Malin III, Anne Howes, Louisa Gould and Leslie S. Smith. The sale with free gift-wrap and shipping runs until Dec. 23. The sale includes mini prints, photo cards, photo CDs of regattas, HDTV and computer screen savers, and posters.
This is the time of year to give yourself a chance to win a huge basket of goodies while giving something to others. For the past several years Vineyard Gourmet has featured a big basket piled high with specialty items from hot chocolate to cookies, coffees, teas, over $300 in value. Tickets are $1, or six for $5.
Helen DeBlase says all proceeds will be split between the Island Food Pantry and CHIPS (Cape and Islands Head Injured Persons) House. The CHIPS House in Centerville does house some Island people. Admire the basket, support their cause, and shop for very special holiday treats. The last customer on Christmas Eve draws the winning ticket. I hope you win.
Chess players age six and up gather at the library on Tuesday night at 6. Then ages four and up have a movie and popcorn at 1 pm on Wednesday. Thursday is craft time for ages six to ten at 3:30 pm. Then the programs close until January.
June McGuire of Trumbull, Conn. took time early this month to visit the John Chapmans for a few days. She feasted on fish and lobster prepared by her favorite Island chef Laurel Chapman. June also toured choice spots on the Island and was happy to share pictures of her young grandson, Jake. He won't have much time for visiting now; her daughters live near her in Connecticut and both are expecting. One baby is due this month, the other is due next spring.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Monday to Lyrae Littlefield and Kate Malkie.
Heard on Main Street: "Santa may be disguised as a Fed Ex or UPS man."