The news from Vinalhaven
It has been a busy and increasingly festive week here on Vinalhaven. The Community Fall Feast was enjoyed by more than 100 people who partook of an impressive spread of Thanksgiving foods and decadent deserts. Lighted snowflake decorations were put up on the poles downtown and the town tree by the galamander had its lights put up. Downtown store windows display trees, winter scenes, and holiday lights and a wide assortment of gifts for the holidays. Black Friday events have lured folks out to shop and the waffle breakfast made for a packed house at the cafe. Practically unheard of in winter time, there have actually been lines witnessed in the shops!
The Senior Seminar Service Session has been under way lately involving six seniors over the course of three weeks in exposure to service projects and needs in our community. According to Karen Burns who is in charge of the program, “The kids were really receptive, worked hard, and seemed to enjoy every project.” This included working with fifth-graders in a mentor-style relationship, building windows at the town office for the Energy Club, and making Superstorm Sandy relief boxes and putting them around town to collect money to send to the American Red Cross. And that’s not all, they also went to the mainland to work at the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, did small maintenance projects at Island Village Childcare, and loaded bottles for the Bottle Brigade which raises money for Eldercare on the island. The students involved were Evelyn Wadleigh, Hayden Jones, Shane Carlsen, Scott James, Matt Young and Justin Newton so if you want to find out more about their experience, chat with them when you see them around town, and if you get a chance, say thanks for all of their service work.
This year’s Scholastic Book Fair, organized by Heather Reidy with help from librarian Sue Dempster was a rousing success with sales on par with prior years. A percentage of all sales go to the library and help cover a big part of the school library’s book budget. Proceeds also cover buying some of the Books Ahoy books given out at the ferry terminal each month and goes towards programming costs of book clubs and special library events. Students enjoy making a wish list during their visit to the book fair during school, and families enjoy the opportunity to buy presents and help out the school library. If you missed it this year, be sure to stop by next year as it’s always just before Thanksgiving break.
Business around town
Town was absolutely quiet on Thanksgiving with only two morning boats and everyone either at home enjoying the holiday or off visiting family and friends, giving businesses around town a break before the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Preparing for shoppers and shopping are not the only past times this week though as many boats are still out on the water, often working past dark. There are also a surprising amount of construction projects going on around town. The foundation has been poured for the new building next to the town garage and renovations and excavation work are happening on Round the Mountain Road. Downtown one building is having such major reconstruction that you can see right through it. It’s fun to see how things change this time of year as folks work to beat the weather and enclose and finish their projects.
What folks are talking about
Folks are revving up for Christmas, and of course, the Parade of Lights. Over the years, the parade of floats, musical groups and vehicles has ranged from quite lengthy to almost humorously short, so it’s anyone’s guess what this year’s event will bring. It’s always part of Community Night, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 22. Many local businesses are open providing free food and drinks, live music and a great way to gather in the chilly weather and chat with friends and neighbors. If you enjoy the chill and want to get involved, there’s always room for another float. Besides, it’s not every town where folks will stick around to watch the parade as it goes through town and comes back in the other direction. Whether you’re in the parade or just watching, if you’re looking for some quaint small-town festivities do come and join in the fun.
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