Town Column : Tisbury
You don't need to be told that this is a very busy weekend. If you find some library books while cleaning the house for the party, you should know that. Through Saturday, the libraries will forgive your overdue fines for a few cans of food for the Food Pantry. The library is also a collection point for Red Stocking books. Bring new books for children up to age 14. Stop in at the new site of the Bunch of Grapes to see what is available.
On Friday ages 8 to 11 will play Wii games from 4 to 5 pm at the library while ages 4 and up enjoy a movie and popcorn from 3 to 5 pm.
Helen Burt invites you to the annual Christmas Tea and Sale at the First Baptist Church parish hall on Saturday from 2 to 4 pm. $6 for adults and $3 for children to enjoy those delicious cookies and tea or juice. The West Tisbury Church Faire runs from 9 am to 1 pm. The Vineyard Artisans Holiday Fair is from 10 am to 4 pm at the Grange Hall, even free parking. And of course Santa is on parade in Edgartown. Hospice will benefit from your purchase at Handmade from the Heart at the Daniel Fisher house from 10 am 4 pm. Don't forget the Minnesingers concert at 8 pm Friday or 4 pm on Saturday.
Just in time for the holidays, Louisa Gould will be signing her book "Wooden Boats of Martha's Vineyard" on Saturday from 1 to 3 pm at the Gould Gallery. The Martha's Vineyard Film Society shows "Chris & Don" on Saturday night at 7:30 pm at the Cornell Theatre. The film is a genuine love story grounded in the artistic inspiration the two well-known men found in each other.
Peter Boak and the choir will present an old-fashioned Christmas Concert at the Federated Church on Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3 pm with anthems and carols for all. The free-will donation benefits the church Steeple Fund and the choir's European tour. The drawing for the lovely quilt by Herb Ward will take place during the Sunday concert. Tickets for the quilt raffle will be available before both concerts.
The Elves' Faire, a fundraiser for the Plum Hill Preschool, will be at the Federated Church parish hall on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The event offers a variety of craft projects for children and parents, a puppet show, and a silent auction.
By Sunday you should be ready for a day of rest. Sunday's feature at the Capawock Theatre is ballet: "Pharaoh's Daughter" is on at 2 pm.
Silversmith Kathleen Tackabury is one of eight artisans in the Gift Gallery, open this month at 18 State Road. Martha's Vineyard artists are Beldan Radcliffe, Jeri Dantzig, Ingrid Goff Maidoff, Washington Ledesma, Diana Stewart, Nick Thayer, Dan Waters, and Kathleen Tackabury. They have each gathered samples of their Island-designed items for a raffle to benefit the Food Pantry. Gallery hours are daily from 10 am to 6 pm. In addition to the raffle, you are invited to bring canned goods to donate.
The Family to Family food baskets for Thanksgiving were a big success. The Vineyard Committee on Hunger is still asking for the cost of one family's meal, $25, for a Christmas basket. Send your check to VCOH and mail to P.O. Box 1874 in Vineyard Haven.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out next Wednesday to Lyrae Littlefield and Kate Malkie.
Heard on Main Street: Remember that Santa can appear in mysterious disguises, in the uniform of FedEx or UPS or even the Post Office.