Town Column : Chilmark
Thanksgiving this year provides a chance to skip the daily stock market ups and downs and the economists' dire predictions for the next couple of years. No one will hazard a guess at how long the financial turbulence will last. It's like walking in limbo.
Meanwhile, the number of shopping days until Christmas dwindles. Ted and Judy Mayhew invite everyone to have a glass of wine and light refreshments at their house on December 10 from 5:30 to 8 pm and to mix shopping and socializing. The shopping, as is customary in Menemsha, will be personal and original. Rebecca Mayhew's homemade bath and body products, candles, handcrafted leather goods, and beaded jewelry will be on sale. As will Kati Johnson's "Mollygoggles" children's sweaters, felted bags, and alpaca wraps.
There will also be chocolate by Paul Linn, including gourmet chocolate-covered caramel apples and more. The Mayhew's house is at 467 North Road with extra parking in front of the house on Mayhew Lane. It all sounds like a jolly, old-time Christmas party.
The library asks us all to donate non-perishable food for the Island food pantry, where demand is expected to be greater than usual. Fees for late book returns will be waived for donors throughout December.
For anyone looking for a winter project, be aware that the Friends of the Library are always looking for new members. If you're interested, call Friends' president Susan Murphy or talk to Ebba at the library, 508-645-3360.
Addicts of French sauces will be delighted to learn that the library will start a series of classes given by Jean-Marc Dupon, son of the founder of Le Grenier, the popular French restaurant in Vineyard Haven, starting on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 6 pm. Admission is free.
Each class will feature a different classic French sauce. Mr. Dupon will demonstrate how to perfect the basic sauce and how to adapt it for different recipes with herbs, spices, and flavorings. Recipes and tasting will be included at each class.
The first session begins with cream sauce, continues on January 7 with egg-based sauces, and concludes February 4 with demi-glace sauces.
The younger Mr. Dupon has been affiliated with the restaurant since if opened 26 years ago. The restaurant has won awards from Zagat's, Cape Cod Travel Guide, Cape Cod Life, and others. The restaurant remains open year-round, seven days a week, with members of the Dupon family in the kitchen. The Friends of the Library are sponsoring the series. Bon appétit.
The big news up-Island is that The Martha's Vineyard Times has an Aquinnah columnist, Molly Purves. We welcome her to our elite little group and we wish her well.
Hermine Hull is showing her oil paintings at the West Tisbury library and gave a demo for interested artists and aspiring artists last week, at the library.
The Martha's Vineyard Women's Network is having a holiday party at the Saltwater Restaurant in the Tisbury Marketplace next Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Price for members is $20, non-members and walk-ins, $30. For information, visit mvwomensnetwork.org.
Have a lovely Thanksgiving, with all the trimmings and all the family.