Tisbury: youth needed in government

We need more young people in government. You have a chance to meet our newly elected Dukes County commissioner-elect, Keith Chatinover. Keith will answer questions, hear concerns, and receive public input related to our county government at 6 pm tonight at the Vineyard Haven library. I hope those complaining about county issues will be in the front row. It is our problem if our government does not do what we want with our tax dollars.

Get your free copy of the 2019 wall calendar featuring pictures of the Island taken by the employees of the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank. The pictures are beautiful, one of a kind. I was especially surprised to find out that the bank calendar featured scenes offered by their workers.

All reports of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s new home are complimentary. The open house for members last Friday has everyone saying grand things about the whole setup. I understand they will open to the public in January.

I rarely go into West Marine, especially in December. Almost before I got in the door, I was offered some delicious apple cider. If you are still shopping for gifts, you should know that they have copies of the venerable “Eldridge Time & Tide 2019,” and it is already gift-wrapped.

This weekend Fred Fisher will be driving the horse and wagon rides through town, from the Tisbury Marketplace to Main Street, all paid for by local businesses. Many of the shops also have a Family-to-Family holiday basket being raffled; all the money raised benefits the Family-to-Family Meals for the holidays. The basket winners will be drawn on Sunday, Dec. 23. Shop local. Remember that every dollar spent on the Island goes to at least three Islanders before it goes off. This is just another way you can benefit your friends and neighbors.

Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 8 pm at the Old Whaling Church. Tickets are $20, and benefit the Island Food Pantry.

On Christmas Eve, the West Tisbury Congregational Church holds the Christmas Eve service at the Agricultural Hall, beginning at 5 pm. Children from across the Island will present a beautiful recreation of the Nativity, with candles and carol singing. Enjoy music with Brian Weiland and the children’s Joyful Noise Choir. Get there early, and do not park on Panhandle Road.

Next week during the December break, the Vineyard Haven library will have crafts for kids at 2:30 pm Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 26 to 28. There will also be a children’s movie on those days at 3:30 pm.

Next week’s adult movie at the Vineyard Haven library is at 7 pm on Thursday, Dec. 27, and rated R. Colette was pushed by her husband to write novels under his name. When they were successful, she fought to make her talents known. Colette’s fight over creative ownership and gender roles revolutionized literature, fashion, and sexual expression.

The Play Readers at the Tisbury Senior Center invite you to help as they explore the world of musical theater. In January they will be questioning how to present readings of musical productions. Should it be a standalone piece without the music? Does the story work on its own? What will work best? The group plans to look at five awardwinning musicals on Wednesday mornings from nine to noon at the Senior Center.

Out of sight but not out of mind: Fred and Jill LaPiana celebrate their anniversary on Saturday.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Mattsen and Sutton Koster. Wish the best on Saturday to Vera Shorter. Happy birthday on Wednesday to Liam Bruni.

Heard on Main Street: Be naughty. Save Santa the trip.