Town Column : Tisbury
Today at 4:30, see "The Polar Express" at the Capawock for the cost of one food item for the Food Pantry. I hear there is a need for flour and sugar, items I never considered. Everyone enjoys a treat now and then, so packaged cookies are never a bad thing.
Also today is the wonderful concert to celebrate and benefit Hospice of M.V. The program begins at 7:30 pm at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Oak Bluffs. The musical guests include the a cappella group Novum, soloists Abigail Southard and Joyce Maxner, Rebecca Barca-Tinus on violin, Sandra Bitterman on harp, Jan Hyer on cello, Peter Boak and Wesley Brown on piano and organ, and more. All donations go to Hospice.
We fondly remember the old Linden Tree. It made for a glorious display of white lights for the holidays, even visible from the harbor. For the past several years Fred LaPiana and his crew have put up a pretty fir tree. It then became beautifully decorated by magic. Well, not magic, but actually by the hands of the Ivory family. Though they now live in Edgartown, Kenny and Kathy and their daughters Kristina and Kelsey put up white lights and red bows to provide our town with a lovely centerpiece. Thanks to each of you. We are all enjoying your hard work all through the holidays.
The Library Friends hold their monthly book sale on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 pm. Get a low cost last minute Christmas gift or pick up a book to read as you travel. Buy an eco-friendly reusable library tote bag for $1. I hear they are great for wrapping holiday gifts.
Joe Massua at our Post Office says this week the Saturday hours are expanded to 3 pm but the Dutch door is open until 4 pm. No hours on Sunday. On Christmas Eve the windows will close at 12 noon, but packages are still available until 4 pm.
Congratulations to Al Badger. He is now a pretty good swimmer. While he claims it has taken a few years, he is also very pleased with his achievement. The accomplishment took effort and a great deal of practice. Being a nice guy, he attributes a lot of his success to his instructor, Leslie Craven. She is rather proud of him as well.
A friend sent me the Christmas catalog of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., which includes reference to designs found in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. "Named for art collector and founding donor Joseph H. Hirshhorn, the museum opened in 1974 with more than 6,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings and mixed media which he gifted to the nation."
This in turn reminded us of the wonderful gifts that his widow, Olga Hirshhorn, makes to the Island community through her support: her gifts of time and energy and friendship.
Whippoorwill Farm is ending the winter pilot program. The Farm planted extra produce and new greens in the greenhouse to experiment with distributions after the regular program ended at Thanksgiving. Anyone wanting locally grown vegetables (leeks, broccoli, carrots, turnips, potatoes, onions, celeriac, brussels sprouts, lettuce, and salad greens from the greenhouse) may come to the farm, located off the Vineyard Haven-Edgartown Road, and pick up a share. The pickup is $20 (cash or check). No signup or reservation required. The farm stand is open Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 9 am to 12 noon. More at info@ whipporwillfarmcsa.com.
Congratulations to Fred and Jill LaPiana who will celebrate their wedding anniversary on Tuesday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to lovely women. Happy birthday today to Lyrae Littlefield and Kate Malkie. Sunday belongs to Patty Radway. Wish the best on Tuesday to Vera Shorter.
Heard on Main Street: Be naughty. Save Santa the trip.u