Martha's Vineyard Community Shorts
From your hands
Hospice of Martha's Vineyard's annual Handmade from the Heart Bazaar is approaching, and the organization seeks artisans and bakers to contribute to the fundraiser. All handmade items are appreciated, such as gifts such as jewelry, needlepoint, knitted items, art, toys, baked goods, and Christmas ornaments. If you'd like to donate, call Terre Young at 508-693-0189.
The Winners of the Friends of Tisbury Council On Aging Bay Scallop Raffle, which was drawn on November 29, are Pat Sylvia, 5 pounds; Marvin Jones, 3 lbs.; and David Roberts, 2 lbs. The Friends appreciate all who participated.
Chowder and a classic
The Menemsha Fish Market and Friends of the Chilmark Library invite you for a cup of chowder and a film this Wednesday, Dec. 10. From 12 noon to 2 pm at the library, the first film of the series is "The Thin Man," a 1934 comedy/mystery featuring Nick and Nora Charles and their dog Asta. The event is free. For more information, call 508-645-3360.
The Martha's Vineyard Land Bank invites all to a guided walk of Tiasquam Valley Reservation in Chilmark this Sunday, Dec. 7. Rain or shine, the two-hour walk begins at 1 pm. Directions: Take Middle Road from Music Street 0.2 miles and turn right into driveway marked by Land Bank logo. Please carpool as parking is limited. For more information, call 508-627-7141.
Family to family
The Vineyard Committee on Hunger (VCOH) seeks sponsors for their annual Christmas Basket distribution. With the help of Serving Hands, Family to Family, and Reliable Market, baskets are filled with traditional turkey dinner and dessert ingredients, and are given to less fortunate families. One meal costs $25; last year 120 meals were provided for. To donate, make checks payable to VCOH (Family to Family Program), P.O. Box 1874, Vineyard Haven, 02568.
To help Island residents apply for benefits, the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance hosts regular office hours at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital on the second Wednesday of the month. For more information, call 508-862-6600.
A good spirit
The annual Spirit of the Vineyard Award is given to an individual or group who exemplifies the "Spirit of the Vineyard" through their work with Island nonprofit organizations. On Saturday morning, Nov. 29, Tisbury resident Melinda Loberg was recognized for her many volunteer efforts. She serves as president of Tisbury Waterways, Inc. and the Tisbury Volunteer Ambulance Association, an emergency medical technician (EMT), a Dukes County Commissioner, Hospice of Martha's Vineyard board member. State Representative-Elect Tim Madden presented Ms. Loberg with a citation from the Commonwealth. Following a long list of speakers paying her tribute, the modest award winner spoke briefly to those attending.
Photos by Susan Safford