We spent our holidays in Virginia. There was not much snow and the temperature range was about 2 degrees warmer than the Vineyard. We also had brisk breezes and some rain that I was happy did not need to be shoveled. A friend’s holiday card from Florida featured a palm tree with lights and soft waves lapping at the shore — much too warm for us. We did not run into icy walkways until we got back to New England. We did not miss them either. Even so, it is good to be home.

All of you are invited to a Community Soup Supper featuring soup, salad, bread, and dessert at Grace Church. Soup will be served from 5 to 6:30 pm every Friday evening through the end of March. For information or to donate or volunteer, please call 508-693-0332.

Grace Church will offer Winter Lobster Rolls this Sunday from noon to 2 pm. Winter Lobster Rolls are only available on the first Sunday of the month. The roll and drink are still $15 and assorted pies cost $4 per slice. For large orders, call 508-693-0332.

The Mansion House is celebrating 28 years with the Goldsteins. Once again they host a Slumber Party for Island residents throughout January. All rooms are $28 per person, based on double occupancy. Besides a night away without a ferry reservation, this special includes all free amenities, such as health club, pool, steam, sauna, hot tub, and breakfast. Walk to the bookstore, window shop, enjoy dinner at Zephrus, and star gaze on the Cupola Deck. Owners Sherm and Susan Goldstein look forward to seeing friends and neighbors enjoying the Inn this month.

Celebrate the New Year at the Vineyard Haven Library this Sunday, January 6. A performance on the mini-grand concert harp by Nathaniel Horwitz will begin at 4 pm. Start the new year off right with a beautiful concert and refreshments.

At the library next Thursday morning at 10:30, the West Tisbury Library will offer Mother Goose on the Loose story time for children 3 and under with rhymes, songs, and stories.

A week from Sunday you are invited to enjoy scenes from Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” as staged readings. The program on Sunday, January 13, at 2 pm at the Vineyard Haven Library is free and followed with refreshments.

The performers are Mike Adell, Ellie Beth, Myra Stark, and Eric Turner along with Linda Comstock, Leslie J. Stark, and Rise Terney. Elaine Eugster will introduce the program and read the stage directions. They are all part of the Peter H. Luce Play Readers who meet every Wednesday at the Tisbury Senior Center from 9 am to noon to read plays from every era. Anyone interested is invited to join them. The group is named for its founder, Peter Luce, who died in 2007.

The Martha’s Vineyard Horse Council will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, January 10, at 6:30 pm, at the Agricultural Hall. Among business to be discussed will be the planning of 2013 events. Anyone is welcome. You can check them out at www.mvhorsecouncil.org.

You might want to ask your congressman: why don’t children of congressmen have to pay back their college student loans? Even the staffers of congressmen are exempt from having to pay off student loans. You and your children support these loans and pay the taxes to cover the losses.

Happy New Year. Are you sticking to your New Year’s resolutions? Even if you are not, you know you are doing better than our congress. Do you think they even pretend to understand why we elect them?

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Romeo Bonelli. Wish the best on Saturday to Roberta Kirn. Sunday belongs to Taylor Higgins. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Judy Belushi Pisano, Allyson Wajda, and Ned Orleans.

Heard on Main Street: Life isn’t about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain — or the snow.