Tisbury: Sleepovers at the Mansion House


Thanks to the wonderful nursing care at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, my husband Donald should be home by the time you read this. They were all especially kind and caring in helping him recover from a severe bout of pneumonia.

I also want to send thanks out to Whit Griswold, who for so many years has kept my spelling corrected and my ideas clear and put up with so many last-minute inserts to the Tisbury column. He is going on to spend more time writing, and I wish him well. I also look forward to reading what he produces. He even helped dig my car out of the mud after a Times Christmas party. Thanks for the memories, Whit.

Parents: It is that time of year. If you have a child beginning kindergarten next fall, you need to call Barbara Armstrong at 508-696-6500. You will want a kindergarten registration packet and to set up a registration appointment for the 2015-’16 school year. Children eligible for kindergarten must be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2015.

Tonight at 7:30 at the Vineyard Playhouse you can enjoy Willy Mason and Jemima James. Then on Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 3:30 pm, enjoy Shakespeare for the Masses, featuring “Richard III.” This event is free; donations are welcome.

On Friday at 7:30 pm at the MV Film Center, see “Wild.” Based on a 2012 memoir, “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” describing a 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in a journey of self-discovery, the film captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. With no experience, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone.

Even our plants are confused by this strange weather, warm one day and freezing the next. It does seem odd to see forsythia blossoms and be scraping the ice off my windshield. Stay warm and keep dry whatever the weather brings.

Rev. Bill Clark of the UU Church will explore aspects of “The Art of Living” this Sunday at 11 am. All are welcome.

The Federated Church has announced that its parishioners will offer free lasagna dinner on Sundays through March from 12:30 to 2 pm at the parish hall in Edgartown.

Need a getaway? To celebrate 30 years in business in Vineyard Haven, Sherm and Susie Goldstein invite all island residents to a Slumber Party in January. The Mansion House rooms will be only $30 per person based on d.o. Island guests can take a dip in the swimming pool, steam room, sauna, and hot tub, work up a sweat with a class in the health club, or stargaze on the Cupola Deck. Massages and other spa services can be scheduled. For more information, visit the front desk or call 508-693-2200 for more details.

The Vineyard Haven library is offering a two-part program on Bosnia. Next Tuesday at 7 pm, hear Demaris Wehr on the topic of her new book, “Making It Through: Bosnian Survivors Telling Stories of Truth.” You will learn about the unique way individual survivors made it through the war.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 pm, Demaris speaks about “Forgiveness: In the Teeth of Genocide.” This will focus on the life of Vahidin Omanovic, a young, inspiring Muslim priest. Omanovic was 15 when genocide hit his Bosnian village.

The Family History Center and the Martha’s Vineyard chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists will hold a free open house for the public on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 10 to 4. Beginners in genealogy or those with sticky questions should drop by for help, or just to talk about your family history. This is at the Family History Center at Merchant’s Mart, across the parking lot from the Black Dog Café.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Allyson Wajda and Ned Orleans. On Saturday, wish the best to David Burt. Monday belongs to Gay Nelson. Happy birthday to Allan Davey Sr. and Donna Paulson, who will celebrate on Tuesday. Then wish a happy one to Tyler Paulson on Wednesday.

Heard on Main Street: Don’t go to bed angry; stay up.