As I do every year I’ve selected a pile of maritime books which may engage your imagination.

For readers who want more engagement with the news, the Vineyard Gazette is launching a monthly discussion series starting in January.

Ric Burns wants to change the way you think about Thanksgiving. “It’s not just buckled shoes, pointed hats and turkeys,” he said.

James Taylor, the singer/songwriter with deep Vineyard ties and an internationally-known voice, will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The first annual Sir Reg/Timothy Turkey Celebrity Scrambled Scramble will be held on Thanksgiving Day; tee off at 10 a.m. sharp.

For the past year, author Holly Nadler has been on an adventure with poet Emily Dickinson.


Arts Briefs

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is inviting all artisans to contribute to its popular annual Handmade from the Heart fundraiser.

Louisa Gould will be holding an opening reception for her Small Wonders Holiday Show on Friday, Nov. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Brandon Newton will do a live painting demonstration at the North Water Gallery on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m.