Tisbury: Book fair begins

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Last Friday some of the young men on the Vineyard football team helped distribute the Family to Family food for Thanksgiving dinner. They happily carried heavy turkeys and big bags of potatoes and apples. Give thanks on Thursday for these wonderful guys.

This Saturday morning, find your special holiday gift at the VFW Ladies Auxiliary’ bazaar at Towanticut Avenue from 10 to 1 pm.

Join the First Baptist Church, Vineyard Haven, this season on the first Sunday of Advent. The Hanging of the Greens worship service is this Sunday at 11 am, singing and sharing traditions of preparing for Christmas.

Next Monday through Thursday, Dec. 1–4, is the Scholastic Book Fair, a fun-filled book sale to excite children about reading and learning. The entire community is invited to enjoy Sir Readalot’s Castle, this year’s theme. Afterschool hours for the fair are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:45 pm to 4 pm and Wednesday from 2:45 pm to 7 pm at the Tisbury School Library. Add to your own library and augment the libraries of others. Books will be available for all ages, including a small selection for preschoolers and adults. Everyone can stock up for reading.

If you cannot be there, order books online until Dec. 8. Seescholastic.com/bookfairs. Search “find a fair” to locate the Tisbury School online fair. Your book purchases may be mailed to the school for free or to your home for a small shipping fee. Purchases online must be made with a credit card; purchases in the school are by check or cash only. Funds benefit the school library. More information at 508-696-6527.

It is worth a trip to Edgartown just to see the 75 original decorated natural wreaths on display in the Federated Church meetinghouse, for sale at $45, $55, and $65. The Festival of Wreaths is a week from Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5 pm to 7 pm. Admission to the Parish House party is $10, $5 with purchase of wreath, and includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres as well as a raffle for a wreath or a holiday basket. Proceeds benefit the 1832 Sara Mayhew Parsonage. For more information, call Marna at 508-627-4421.

The appraisers from Skinner Inc. will be back on Saturday, Dec. 6, for Appraisal Day, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. Items may be consigned for sale by Skinner, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Museum. Reservations are required. Call Jessica at 508-627-4441, extension 117, or email jjohnson@mvmuseum.org to reserve a time. Appraisal of one item costs $15; three for $40. Give a brief description of your item(s) so the appraisers will be fully prepared to answer your questions.

When you come by for the appraisal, bring in any unwanted jewelry to donate to the Jewelry Jingle the following Saturday morning, Dec. 13, from 9 am to noon at the MV Museum. That day you can get discounts at the Museum Gift Shop. Members, save 20% off your total purchase. Nonmembers, save 10%. Call 508-627-4441, extension 123, or email kfuller@mvmuseum.org.

Book a table now for the MV NAACP Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 20 at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. Tables will cost $25. Only $20 until the end of November.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Chris Chandler. Sunday belongs to Adam Rogers and Joseph P. Canha. Happy birthday to Porter Fraser and David Grey; they party on Monday.

The following was written by a good friend, Brigitte Lent, who was inspired by the news of the death of a young man. We all need to be aware of this young man’s gift to mankind, especially at Thanksgiving, as his family mourns his loss. He served his time as a soldier on our behalf and then spent his life helping people devastated by civil war in Syria.

Remembering Abdul Rahman Kassig

From his last letter to his mother: “If I do die, I figure that at least you and I can seek refuge and comfort in knowing that I went out as a result of trying to alleviate suffering and helping those in need.”

We know we must all die

In one way or another,

At one time or another.

And we would all like

Our life and our death

To have been meaningful.

Peter or Abdul Rahman Kassig, as he chose to call himself,

whose name means “merciful,”

was murdered last week in a most brutal fashion,

along with other captives whose names no one knows.

Yet he was one whose life and death have truly mattered!

And his example will live on as a guiding light

As long as mankind, for whom he died, remembers.

What better thing can be said of any man

Or any woman than this?

His death is proof that EVIL in the world

Was not eliminated when Adolf Hitler died.

It is eternal and lives on in the hatred that is eating

The soul of his killer enabling him to commit such a deed!

It is always with us; it hides in our nature.

But young Abdul Rahman showed that GOOD also lives!

Let us do our best to try to follow his lead in our lives

As a monument to him.

And let his faceless killer sink into oblivion.

(Brigitte Lent, Nov. 17, 2014)