Tisbury: Great Decisions, virtual trip to Greece, Writing Through, book sale, and fix-it clinic

Overheard on Main Street: Don’t be yourself… Be a little nicer to someone.

Isn’t it amazing what a little sunshine does to your spirits? It may not provide any heat, but somehow it makes you feel a little warmer – and you smile too.

Tonight, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Great Decisions eight-week discussion group meets every Thursday at the Vineyard Haven Library from February 2 through March 23 to discuss foreign policy issues. Members read content and preview videos on specific topics. Registering for this first February 2nd session registers you for all sessions. Meetings are hybrid, in-person with Zoom options. Call Ruth Konigsberg at 508-696-4211, ext. 115.

On Wednesday, February 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., take a virtual trip to Greece with “Tales & Travel Memories,” courtesy of our library and the MV Center for Living, a program for people with Alzheimer’s and those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Book and Library Program. Dementia related, not just their caregivers. All are invited. This month’s country is Greece. Call Anne McDonough, 508-696-4211, ext. 116.

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Also on Wednesdays, “Walk the Chop” meets at our library, then walks/watches the West Chop Loop (or some combination). The route is not hilly, and only over three miles; 3 p.m., rain or shine. No sign up.

Winter is a good time to put pen to paper. You’re invited to share your thoughts with prose or poetry through “Writing Through” during a series of afternoon classes at House House in West Tisbury during February. Times and days are different. For details, call 508-693-2896.

The West Tisbury Library will be holding a book sale celebrating Black History Month throughout February. Explore resources on African American history, and learn about notable black figures. You can buy books by black authors, including fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books. Hardcover books are $3, softcover books are $1, and children’s books are price marked. They will be on a cart on the main floor. Only cash payments should be placed in the donation box.

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A Fix-It Clinic will be held at the Oak Bluffs Library on Saturday, February 4, from 1 to 3:30 pm to repair, reuse and recycle broken items. You can work together to repair some things. There are also cooking classes on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. And Oscar nominations for Best Picture will be shown on Saturdays at 4 p.m. during February and the first two weeks of March.

The Oak Bluffs Library will also mark Fat Tuesday, February 21, with nostalgic jazz music playing throughout the day. And they’re planning a mini-golf fundraiser in March. More on all of this at 508-693-9433.

A good friend is someone who will not only join you for lunch, but also buy you some beer and wine when you can’t shop for yourself. So I raised a glass to my good friend!

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Deborah Mayhew asks that we share this archived history with friends, family, and fans of Shirley Mayhew. Shirley passed away in August 2020, during the COVID lockdown, and the family is finally able to schedule a celebration of her life on Friday, May 12, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Egg Hall on Panhandle Road in West Tisbury. The family will serve alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages, and ask guests to bring plates of finger food. It is open to the public, and there will be a notice in the MV Times near the event. For more, email Deborah Mayhew at [email protected]

Big birthday wishes go out tomorrow to Nancy Tutko Hanska.

Heard on Main Street: Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, or a small act of caring.

If you have any Tisbury Town column suggestions, email Kay Mayhew, [email protected]


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