A poem by an anonymous author struck my fancy as I returned home a few days ago after strolling about town with a band of young children spreading love and joy and well wishes for the New Year through rousing renditions of Rudolph and Jingle Bells. Here it goes:

We are a band of carolers,

We march through frost and snow,

But care not for the weather

As on our way we go.

At every hall or cottage

That stands upon our way,

We stop to give the people

Best wishes for the day.

We pray a merry Christmas,

Made bright by Christmas cheer,

With peace, and hope, and gladness

And all they may hold dear.

And for all those that happen

To pass us on our way

We have a smile, and wish them

A merry Christmas-day.

The Flanders, Carrolls, Millers, Favreaus, Stratons, Scotts, Lionettes, Bacon/Zacks, Giglios and more ate cookies, ran amuck across Beetlebung Farm and sang a few tunes to Rena Fischer with the help of her granddaughter Alysse. We overtook the bank, the town hall, the library and Louis Larsen’s front yard. It was a delightful way to round out 2012.

The Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club has bestowed upon the following businesses their 2012 Beautification award for their efforts in flowering-up the town: CopperWorks, Home Port Restaurant, Hancock Real Estate, Harbor Craft Shop, Larsen’s Fish Market, Menemsha Fish Market, Beach Plum Inn, Menemsha Inn, Chilmark Library, The Chilmark Store and MV Savings Bank.

The last Winter Farmer’s Market will be Saturday December 29 at the Ag Hall from 10 am to 1 pm. There will be a book signing with Ethel Sherman and her book “West Tisbury Farmer’s Market Behind the Scenes,” and Holly Bellebuono with her two books, “The Essential Herbal for Natural Health” and “The Authentic Herbal Healer.” Susan Klein will also be there with “BOUNTIFUL, A History of the Agricultural Society and the Livestock Show and Fair.”

Food and fellowship soup suppers will resume after the holidays on January 8 at 5:30. The Chilmark Church has open doors and all are welcome to attend these gatherings for a light supper and good conversation.

I will stop writing so you can stop reading. Go. Enjoy your family and friends. Rejoice, revel, sing, and be merry.