Congratulations to Art Bingham on his good health. He is home now and happy to be here.
I hope you enjoyed many of the wonderful movies shown in the Film Festival. From the lines outside each of the venues, the choices this year were very popular. Even with minor glitches, such as an arm falling off a seat at the Capawock and trouble with getting a DVD started, there was positive acclaim for the event.
Many members of the high school class of 2010 have gone off to further their education, and we wish them well. We'd also like to hear how they are doing.
Winfield Grimm has flown to Greece where he is attending the American College of Thessalonki. This is his first semester as a freshman at Northeastern University.
Do you have a Willoughby in your ancestry? You are invited to the Willoughby Family Reunion on Saturday from 1 to 6 pm at the P-A Club. Bring some pictures and potluck. Relatives from Virginia, Michigan, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Vermont will meet some of the family from Nova Scotia. For more, call Linda Karako at 508-627-6063.
Need books? Support the V.H. Library children's programs and buy some entertainment at the book sale on Saturday at 1 pm.
I hope to see you at the library next Tuesday evening at 7 pm when Matthew Stackpole speaks on maritime history, specifically about the past, present, and future of the Charles W. Morgan, the last surviving wooden whaling ship from the great days of sail. As you may know, her first crew was mostly Vineyarders. The former director of the M.V. Museum, Matthew Stackpole has been working on the Charles W. Morgan Restoration Project at the Mystic Seaport Museum since 2008.
On Wednesday from 3 to 4:30 pm the library will show a movie for ages 8 to 11. This is a musical about a small-town girl who shares an adventure with a pop star during a visit to Los Angeles. Then Thursday teen movie night begins at 6 pm with a new movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a fugitive prince with a dagger that reverses time.
Have you planned your retirement? The Tisbury Senior Center offers free programs to help all ages make important decisions. This Tuesday at 5 pm is a session on retirement planning and long-term care insurance. Betty Harkins, a long-term care specialist, and Jane Bourette, a retirement planner, will talk about planning for the future. You must register at 508-696-4205.
There are hungry people on our Island. If you or someone you know is emptying their house to close up for the winter, suggest that they donate non-perishable foods to the Food Pantry. Now is a good time to buy a few extra groceries to help the Pantry stock up.
Those in need of assistance in feeding their families should know that the next food distribution is Wednesday from 1:30 to 3 pm at the First Baptist Church Parish House on William Street. Bring your Pantry card. Tell others who you think might need help.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps) helps low-income families buy needed food. A volunteer will help to fill out the required form on Friday mornings and every other Wednesday. Call 508-696-0020 for an appointment.
Ginger Duarte sent in the new officers of the M.V. Garden Club. President is Cathy Minkiewicz; vice-president, Margaret Gallagher; treasurer, Simmy Denhart; recording secretary, Ginger Duarte; corresponding secretary, Angela Roderick. There are also vice presidents named for each town. Patricia Adler will serve for Tisbury.
How fit are you? Try the free high-intensity training class on Sunday at 5:30 pm at the Mansion House. Brenda Correa will challenge your fitness level and muscular endurance with a variety of equipment and movements.
Happy anniversary to Doris and Jerome Clark who party tomorrow. Louisa and J.B. Lamont celebrate on Sunday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Stephen Hammond and to my husband, Donald, today. Tomorrow wish the best to Samantha Valley. Hilda Illingworth parties on Saturday. Sunday belongs to Barbara Maciel. Jan Dorchester marks her special day on Monday. Tuesday's celebrants include Trip Barnes and Ken Ward. Lori Dorsey has her day on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: I'm just happy that wrinkles don't hurt.