Let’s see, what’s the hot scoop this week? It certainly hasn’t been the temperature. But perhaps, the hot mulled cider Scott McDowell was serving up at the Copperworks open house this past weekend would do the trick. The shelves were adorned with freshly cut greens that enhanced the aroma of the perfectly blended spices stewing in the crock pot with the cider heated just to the right temperature. Copper fish, squid, and lobsters along with handcrafted silver and wampum jewelry and beautiful art and antiques are all on display ready to be purchased for the holidays. Scott is open daily until Christmas and by appointment so give him a call if you are seeking just the right treasure to put under the tree for that someone special — 508-645-2995

Don’t forget, “Jerome and the Spooky Woods” (a Scary Childhood Adventure on Martha’s Vineyard) is available to buy at Alley’s, Bunch of Grapes, Edgartown Books, and Morning Glory Farm. This is the first book Bob Taylor has written. Perhaps our noteworthy North Road resident will make an attempt at more since he found this one to be such an interesting and rewarding experience. He is thrilled to have had the need to restock a few places already. It would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for all but the youngest of book lovers. Remember, “spooky” is part of the title.

Karen Flynn, aka Karen from the Bite checked in after her recent return from her volunteer work in Haiti. PeaceQuilts is the group she is working with and she notes that you can make purchases online through their website and also through Macy’s.

The teen group at the Chilmark Public Library is meeting every Saturday at 3. it doesn’t matter whether you are a library regular or a newcomer — all are welcome. The pizza-and-a-movie program is coming up. The group has chosen two movies geared for teens for the library’s Friday Night Movie series this winter. Stop by the library and check in with Kristin for details.

Hellie Newmann, our town acupuncturist, starts her free acupuncture clinic Saturday, Dec. 18, at Vineyard Complementary Medicine on State Road in West Tisbury. All veterans, active duty military personnel, firefighters, police officers and EMS are welcome for walk-ins or by appointment. Hellie plans to hold these clinics on a regular basis with a brief hiatus until January 8. Please call 508-693-3800 for details.

Susan and Bill Shanok of Middle Road and New York City have suffered a loss that no parent should need to endure. Their 38-year-old son, Gabe, passed away just a few short weeks ago after struggling to sustain life that was inevitably ended by a September cardiac arrest. Gabe was certainly known and loved by many and leaves behind his parents, his three sisters, Tori, Sarah and Tova, his brother-in-law, Will, two nieces, Emma and Kate, and a nephew, Will. Bill mentioned the family will have a gathering on the Vineyard to share stories and remember Gabe during the summer of 2011.

Tom, Janet, Peter, and Andrew Ruimerman hosted their annual holiday open house at the Homestead. Their was enough food to feed a small army and enough liquid to keep the spirits high. Their home was full of old friends catching up, swapping stories, and sharing holiday plans. Oisin McVey, I think, was the youngest in attendance weighing in at a delightful four. Great grandma Bette Carroll was decked out in a green top, colorful scarf, and sparkly Christmas tree earrings. Uncle Buddy Mayhew planted a smooch on the cheek of all the girls. Everett Poole lit up the room with his smile. Julie Flanders snuck in an old friend, Jennifer Iacopino, who was visiting for the weekend from her home in New Hampshire. Greg, Lois, and Galen Mayhew joined in the fun as did Ted and Judy. Margaret Maida ventured from her house on the Crossroad to participate in the festivities. Janet’s sister Pat traveled from New York to play the role of bartender and sneak in a visit with her nephews. The house was filled with Joy (as in happiness and Joy Flanders) and good wishes for all.

Don’t forget, Tuesday the twenty-first is the night Santa will visit the Chilmark kids at the Center as part of the Chilmark Firemen’s Association Christmas party’s long-standing tradition of giving at the holidays. All children through fifth grade residing in town have been sent a personal invitation to the party where Santa will arrive by fire truck at 5:45. Santa gets really hungry, so if you’d like to bring a dish to share it would be appreciated. Give me a call with any questions.