Songs for food
This Sunday, there will be a Sinfonietta Concert at the Vineyard Assembly of God. Held in the early evening at 4:30 pm, the concert is a benefit for the Island Food Pantry. Guests are asked to bring in a canned item or small monetary donation for admission. The Vineyard Assembly of God is located at 1048 State Road in Vineyard Haven. For more information, call 508-696-7576, or visit vineyardag.com.
Christmas Day caroling
On Christmas Day, all are welcome for informal caroling through the halls of Windemere and the M.V. Hospital. Carolers can drop by in between 3:15 and 5 pm. Lyrics are provided. For more information, call 508-693-4307.
Phil daRosa will perform at Outerland at the airport this Friday, Dec. 21, at the Dock. Phil will perform solo and the intimate setting is a great place to hear songs from his new CD, "Better Days."
On New Year's Eve the full Phil daRosa band will be at the Oyster Bar Grill in Oak Bluffs.
A holiday gallery
The Artisan's Gift Gallery has taken over Beth McElhiney's Gallery in Vineyard Haven until the end of the month. All the work in the gallery is by Island artists and artisans, and this Friday evening will be a reception for four glass and ceramics artists. The reception highlights the work of Jeri Dantzig, Amy Nevin, and Washington Ledesma. The reception is on Friday, Dec. 21, from 4 to 7 pm, and the gallery is located at 383 State Road. Regular hours are 10 am to 6 pm.
The holidays are not always joyous occasions. For people who have lost a loved one, the holidays can be very difficult. No one knows this better than the people at Hospice of Martha's Vineyard.
To help people find comfort, Island musicians and singers join to offer a concert on Dec. 12, called Reflections of Peace. The concert has been held for the past 11 years and it benefits hospice. Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Oak Bluffs provided the perfect location with candlelight, Christmas decorations celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, and acoustics that enveloped the audience.
Selections included "In Dulci Jubilo" by J.S. Bach; "A Babe is Born," by William Mathias, "What Sweeter Music," by John Rutter, and an Andrew Lloyd Webber arrangement of "Pie Jesu." The concert ended with everyone singing "Silent Night."
Library book sale
Still in need of a holiday present? The Chilmark library's book sale is under way today from 3:30 to 6:30 pm, Saturday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, and Monday from 10:30 am to 2 pm. All books are half price. Starting Wednesday, the day after Christmas, from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm continuing through the weekend, all books are free. For specific dates and times, see the Directory of Information listings. The library is located on South Road. For more information, call 508-645-3360.