The Leports, Mayhews, Carrolls, Brodericks, Glasgows, Favreaus, Scotts, Bacon/Zacks, the kiddos in the preschool late day program and more licked on candy canes, ate cookies, ran amuck across Beetlebung Farm and sang a few tunes while wassailing about the center of town. We overtook the bank, the post office (Sorry Leigh, I know it’s a busy time of year and we added to the mayhem.), the town hall, the library and Louis Larsen’s front yard and Rena Fischer’s living room. There are a whole lot of verses to many a classic Christmas tune that I never knew until I used the power of the Internet to compile some handy-dandy song sheets.

Valerie Sonnenthal, owner of Peaked Hill Studio, will be teaching two Foot Fitness Workshops at Edgartown’s new yoga studio, Yoga on The Vine, over the holidays. Workshops will offer students time to focus on their feet, reconnect with their feet, and learn how to relax, exercise, and relieve pain in their feet. The two workshops will be held on Friday, December 27, from 12 noon to 2 pm and again in Saturday, December 28. Workshops will be limited to 10 participants. All materials will be provided. Comfortable clothing and pants that can rolled to your knees are suggested. If you are interested, you can sign up through Yoga on the Vine and opt for one or both workshops, $35 each or both for $55. Valerie will be traveling to Portland, Oregon, to train in GYROTONIC® applications for healing and rejuvenating the hands and feet course.

Well wishes go out to Buddy “Uncle Bud” Mayhew. He’s been ailing for a while but, I hope with the assistance of modern medicine and some savvy doctors he will return to his Chilmark home soon.

Condolences to Miss Bella Thorpe on the passing of her sweet bunny, Milkshake. He was an adorable fellow who truly enjoyed his time basking in the sun and the nibble of carrots he was treated to. May his resting spot be visited and looked over by his friendly wild rabbit cousins.

Johnny Graham is back in town for the holidays. He stopped in to the Texaco with good friend Joe DaSilva to catch up on the comings and goings around the harbor. His lovely bride-to-be, Lori Robinett, will join him shortly for a road trip to New Year’s in New York then back across the country to Missouri.

As 2013 begins its journey to the end and the days begin to slowly get a bit longer I leave you with this:

My Christmas wish for you, my friend

Is not a simple one

For I wish you hope and joy and peace

Days filled with warmth and sun

I wish you love and friendship too

Throughout the coming year

Lots of laughter and happiness

To fill your world with cheer

May you count your blessings, one by one

And when totaled by the lot

May you find all you’ve been given

To be more than what you sought

May your journeys be short, your burdens light

May your spirit never grow old

May all your clouds have silver linings

And your rainbows pots of gold

I wish this all and so much more

May all your dreams come true

May you have a Merry Christmas friend

And a Happy New Year, too…

— by Ruth Kephart