Town Column : Tisbury
Our best wishes for a rapid recovery go out to our former selectman, Denys Wortman. We're happy to report that he is doing well and has now come back home.
Only women are invited to the 24th Women's Symposium at the Chilmark Community Center on Saturday morning. Meet with other Island women from 9 to 12 noon. It's fun and it's free.
David Crohan is coming back to the Island to play at the Old Whaling Church this Saturday at 7:30 pm. David's special guest will be Katie Mayhew. I can't believe there is anyone who has not heard Katie Mayhew sing, so you all know what a treat this will be. She and David together will make a magical night of music. The $20 tickets include a reception afterwards, with gourmet nibbles, desserts, fine wines, and homemade mulled cider. The proceeds benefit the MVRHS Minnesingers. Advance tickets are at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore.
You are probably well aware of the deaf community that was here a century ago. Several Islanders still suffer from the genetic deafness passed down in their families over the years. Some researchers are interested in any one who suffered deafness as a child. I will pass on any information you can offer.
As the cold weather approaches the Rev. Judy Campbell wants you to think about your neighbors. They may need mittens. Judy invites anyone interested to join a group meeting at Featherstone every Thursday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm. They are gathering to knit warm hats and mittens for those on our Island who need them. You can bring needles or use the ones she has. She will also provide yarn or you can bring your own. She has easy patterns and will help if you haven't done much knitting. Join these warm hearts involved in making warm mittens for cold hands.
Ed Colligan called to ask that you to display the flag in honor of all the veterans next Wednesday.
Your help is needed to put up the 450 flags in the Avenue of Flags. They go up at 7:30 am and come down at 3 pm. One little girl gets dressed early on the mornings when the flags are raised. Her name is Alyssa Strelecki. She comes to help put up a flag for her grandfather Roger Andrews. Can you help, too?
The Rev. Alden Besse was very pleased that 87 people who took part in the CROP Walk. They reported enjoying the afternoon adventure. Most made the round-trip. Several early payments and pledges amounted to $12,500 in the first week, but the final total will not be in until next week. A generous patron has offered to donate ten cents for every dollar raised. A quarter of the total raised will help fund the Island Food Pantry.
Dr. Demaris Wehr will talk about Survivors of Genocide at the library on Tuesday evening at 7 pm. During the summers from 2000 through 2002 she worked in Bosnia with the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding. In 2004 she interviewed survivors to learn how they made it through the trauma and to understand the lessons we might learn. She is writing a book about what she discovered. Demaris is a psychotherapist in private practice on the Vineyard. She is the author of "Jung and Feminism: Liberating Archetypes."
Barbara Andrews is once again offering a two-hour class on Digital Camera Basics at the library. The class has been rescheduled for Friday, Dec. 4. I'll see you there. I can use my camera but could certainly use some help. Space is limited. Sign up at the library.
Elaine Eugster wants unique handmade gifts, including jewelry, needlepoint, knitted items, paintings, photographs, cards, toys, cakes, candies, cookies, or Christmas ornaments. She is collecting these for the fundraiser for Hospice of Martha's Vineyard. The bazaar is on Saturday, Dec. 12, in Edgartown. If you wish to donate items, someone will pick them up. Call 508-693-0189 for more information.
Our sympathies go out this week to the family of Barbara Mayhew Donald. There will be a memorial service on the 20th.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go to Alice Marshall today. Tomorrow wish the best to Sam Myers and Marilyn O'Callaghan. Friday belongs to Buffy Hanschka and Hugh Knipmeyer. Priscilla Dickson celebrates on Saturday.
Heard on Main Street: When in doubt, just take the next small step.