Town Column : Tisbury
Be a part of the magic: Witness the Nutcracker Prince's triumphant battle with the Mouse King. Experience the beauty of darting snowflakes, Arabian and Spanish dancers, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Be inspired as you watch Clara's dreams come true.
You can enjoy the classic ballet of the Nutcracker Gala at the High School Performing Arts Center at 2 pm this Saturday and Sunday. The ballet features a cast of 14 professional dancers from the Atlantic Coast Ballet. Also performing are the children from the Martha's Vineyard School of Ballet under the direction of Beth Vages, bringing a total cast of 75 dancers to the stage. Tisbury is well represented by Mary Afton Crandall, Anya Kisselgof, Ethan Mendez, Megan Mendez, Alana Nevin, Hannah Hagen, Garrett Hagen, Oliver Metters, and Madison Lopez-Mata. Ethan Mendez will play the part of Fritz at both performances.
Tickets are $15; $25 for priority seating. A family price only on the day of the event is $50 for two adults and three children in the same family. Tickets are available at the Bunch of Grapes. Look for Tisbury's proud parents: Drew and Kristin Bradshaw, John Hagen, and Maria Metters.
The celebration of Paul Newman movies with free Newman's Own popcorn and lemonade continues at the library. The fun begins at 7 pm each Tuesday. This is a holiday treat for devoted fans or anyone. You can't see too many Newman movies. You could even win a tee-shirt.
Did you miss Tori Campbell's film? "House of Bones" is about the last summer in an Island house, specifically on West Chop, and the family that owned if for several generations. See your friends and neighbors in this very Vineyard documentary, which has been called more memoir than documentary. Whatever you call it, you should see it. The M.V. Film Society will show it 4:30 and 7:30 pm on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Cornell Theatre.
I know you never thought you would be hungry again. Remember nonprofits can partner with Zephrus Restaurant again this fall. Your church or nonprofit picks a winter date in which Zephrus will share 20 percent of the evening's special menu. The nightly dessert As American as Apple Pie regularly donates the proceeds to the Island Food Pantry.
Support Felix Neck and buy catnip fish for your kitty's stocking. You will also find unusual gifts made by Island artisans at the special boutique in the bank space next door to Leslie's Drug Store.
The Red Stocking Fund can always use your help. Donations are always welcome. Batteries of all kinds are needed. Also folks could help with the gift-wrapping as well. Call Lorraine Clark at 508-693-0725 to offer what you can.
Special questions are on the ballot on Tuesday for town voters. It is also primary day. Vote on Tuesday, for your sake and for mine.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Sarah Wajda tomorrow. Monday belongs to Jessie Chandler. Wish the best on Wednesday to Polly Renear and Rachael Houston.
Heard on Main Street: You know that Santa comes by ferry because it is deer week on the Island.