Tisbury: Sunday was obviously my choice

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Heard on Main Street: You drop something when you are younger, you just pick it up. When you’re older and you drop something, you stare at it for a bit, considering whether you need it anymore. 

Tomorrow, Dec. 6, is First Friday in Tisbury. This will be at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum from 5 to 8 pm, featuring Island artisans. Downtown businesses offer free hayrides with Fred Fisher on Sunday, Dec. 8, between the Tisbury Marketplace and Soft as a Grape on Main Street from 11 to 2. During that time, enjoy music with DJ Rockwell on Main Street. Also on Sunday, you can Shop to Share at participating stores where 10 percent of the day’s sales will go to the Vineyard Committee on Hunger. And on Sunday, the Black Dog Tavern hosts a holiday event from 6 to 8 pm.
You are invited to enjoy the Minnesingers at 1 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Tisbury Senior Center. Refreshments will be served.
One of my granddaughters selected a fine assortment of small pins for me at a church fair last year. I was delighted with her choices, especially a pearl circle pin very like one my husband had given me that simply broke and could not be fixed. He did say that was an especially nice present.
This week you should check the Fire House for the date Santa will be waiting to hear those whispered and terribly important desires. Being right across the street from the Tisbury School has been so good in the past, but this year you parents will need to go out of your way to see the sign. Remember that Santa often comes by ferry, because it is deer season on the Island.
I asked my 12-year-old granddaughter what she wanted most for Christmas. “I really want a haircut,” she declared. Then she added, “But Mom only wants to cut off about half an inch.” She does have lovely, long blonde hair. Perhaps she is seeking independence, or she may think she’d like to try a proper haircut.
My older sister got tired of braiding my hair, and simply cut off one braid. Then Mother had no choice. I later found she had saved that braid.
You can support Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard by shopping Handmade from the Heart on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 to 3 at Dr. Daniel Fisher House, and also by enjoying the Reflections of Peace Christmas Concert on Monday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 pm at the Old Whaling Church. There is a $20 cash donation at the door for Hospice.
The West Tisbury Church Faire features baked goods and jam, besides gifts and jewelry, on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9:30 to 2:30. You never know, the perfect gift may be waiting for you. Often there are small holiday placemats or mugs. One of my favorites are small centerpieces, smelling of fresh pine.
I was off-Island last weekend and planned to come home on Monday afternoon. Then the storm threatened. First over a foot of snow, along with sleet and high winds, was predicted. But they said only half an inch on-Island, and winds not starting until late Sunday. So Sunday was obviously my choice, although I lost a day of family time. After I changed my reservation, the amount of snow predicted for Westborough kept going up. I am so happy to live in the tropics of New England.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Jessie Chandler on Saturday. Happy birthday to Polly Renear, Anna Tomlinson, and Rachael Houston on Saturday. Many happy returns to Doug Cabral on Tuesday.
Heard on Main Street: Sometimes we are so caught up in who’s right and who’s wrong that we forget what’s right and wrong.