Town Column : Tisbury
How can you do better than this? Come to the Family Contra Dance tomorrow night at Grace Church to benefit Grace Preschool. Doors open at 6:30, dancing starts at 7 pm. The Flying Elbows will be playing, Kansas Brew will do the calling. Wear soft-soled shoes. Refreshments will be served. There will be a collection at the door for the Island Food Pantry. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for kids.
Tomorrow the Vineyard Holiday Shop opens next door to Leslie's, in the former Dukes County Savings Bank space. Hours are 9 am to 6 pm through December 28, featuring cards, calendars, and catnip fish to benefit Felix Neck. There are also gift items made by 20 Island artisans.
Library Director Amy Ryan says that three mural designs submitted for the Tisbury Mural Project will be on display at the Library until December 1. The artwork includes paintings by Traeger diPietro and Marston Clough, as well as the winning design by Anne Grandin. Her mural now adorns the wall of Stop & Shop.
You can also find nearly new gift books at the library mini book sale this Saturday from 1 to 3 pm.
The Friends of the Library are offering two for one on Sunday at 2 pm. Nora Nevin and Harvey Beth will talk about the Haiti PeaceQuilts project. Nora wrote the text for a book on the project and Harvey will show his photographs. "Patience to Raise the Sun" is about art quilts from Haiti and their power to change women's lives. The book is available at The Beach House on Main Street, with all profits going to the project.
It will be my kind of holiday season at the library. Betty Burton announces Our Paul Newman Film Festival, sponsored by Newman's Own Company. Besides the movies featuring Paul Newman, viewers will be served Newman's Own Lemonade and Newman's Own Popcorn and other special treats provided courtesy of Newman's Own. This wonderful event will begin next week and run Tuesday evenings through the end of December. Next Tuesday Paul teams up with Robert Redford in one of the most popular screen westerns ever made. The fun begins at 7 pm.
Ann Call invites you to the Auxiliary bazaar at the Legion Hall on Saturday. From 10 am to 2 pm you can choose pies, breads, candy, and even check out the White Elephant table.
Start your Thanksgiving weekend properly. If you have little ones, mark your calendar. Even if you don't, you can enjoy this holiday delight. The annual Turkey Run is open to all kids. The Tisbury Police start the run at ECO MV/Bowl & Board on Main Street beginning promptly at 9 am next Wednesday. The kids love the sirens and the police escort. The run ends at Owen Park.
Alden Besse reports that the CROP Walk now has on hand $16,500. The Methodist Church donated $1,000. More should be coming in. This is thanks to the 87 walkers and hundreds of donors. Those who still have money to turn in can give it to Alden or Ann Deitrich or bring it to Grace Church, marked for CROP Walk.
Give thanks by sharing with your neighbors.
The Vineyard Committee on Hunger, along with Reliable Market, is working together to give a Thanksgiving meal to Island families in need. Your part is to contribute the cost of one family's meal, $25. Last year more than 120 families were helped.
Reliable Market will put together a Thanksgiving basket that includes turkey, stuffing and gravy, potatoes, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, onions, carrots, apples, fresh butternut squash, and canned pumpkin. Make your check payable to the Vineyard Committee on Hunger, mark it for Family-to-Family, then send it to: VCOH, P.O. Box 1874, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. One family helping one family is a wonderful way to celebrate an Island Thanksgiving.
Last week I told you about the bay scallop raffle to benefit the Council on Aging. Florence Koster says you can't have the scallops until after Thanksgiving. The drawing is on Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Christmas Bazaar, which is also on Friday, from 9 am to 1 pm on both days.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to artist Nancy Furino. Tomorrow wish the best to county treasurer Noreen Flanders and to Craig Dripps. Saturday belongs to Tracy Matthiessen, Marion Burke, and MJ Munafo. Best wishes for a very happy birthday to Alexander Ray, son of Matt and Jennifer Ray. He will be three years old on Sunday. Chris Chandler will celebrate his birthday on Thanksgiving Day.
Heard on Main Street: Everything happens on Main Street. I don't even have to leave town.