When I look out at the yard, it is difficult to guess which month this is. I have a rhododendron in bloom, an azalea is showing pink blossoms, and I even have a bright yellow daisy blooming in the perennial garden. But if you look at the front porch, you will see red ribbons, garlands of lighted greens and icicle lights hanging from the eaves.
Whoever said, "you can't fool Mother Nature?"
How fortunate we all were to have such a beautiful day on Thanksgiving. The weather cooperated so travelers' journeys were made much easier. Our son and daughter-in-law Dion and Debra Alley and their daughter, Paige, drove from Charleston, S.C., to celebrate the holidays with their Island family. On Thanksgiving, 20 of us celebrated this holiday at Flat Point Farm in West Tisbury with each guest bringing a food contribution to grace the table and everyone helping out before and after dinner. Good food, conversation, and contentment were the rewards of that day.
The date in last week's column for the Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging Holiday Bazaar was incorrect. The correct date for the Holiday Bazaar is this Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 am to 2 pm at the Senior Center.
The West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc. announced that generous community response to a fall appeal, including several large gifts and pledges, has brought the library's capital campaign past the $1 million mark. The Foundation has a goal of raising $1.5 million in private funds by the end of January, 2012. Events to raise money for the library project are ongoing. In its continuing efforts to gather community comment on plans to expand and renovate its 20-year-old facility, the West Tisbury Free Public Library will hold a public focus group on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 6 pm. The focus group will be held at the Howes House on State Road, across from Alley's Store, and the entire Island is invited to attend.
The Oak Bluffs Library will present a special world underwater program on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 pm titled "Below Sea Level." Michael Wooley will take the audience around the world underwater with spectacular images and films. The program is free and suitable for all ages.
Remember those wonderful Oak Bluffs School Bazaars? Well this year the name has been changed to the Oak Bluffs School WinterFest, but it will still feature those wonderful options. There will be food, fun, and fantastic gift opportunities at various Island vendor tables. So save Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be lots of winter fun happenings, including pictures with Santa.
The Martha's Vineyard Youth Hockey is holding a fundraiser, Casino night, at the P-A Club on Dec. 10, from 7.30 to 11.30 pm. There is a cover charge of $10 at the door. This is to benefit Grow Martha's Vineyard Youth Hockey, the new program that raises funds to support and promote the development of beginner hockey players while minimizing and maintaining costs. Sure to be a fun night.
Condolences to the family and friends of Gwendolyn Wharton, a long-time Oak Bluffs resident.
Arts of Martha's Vineyard will present the 14th Annual "Nutcracker Gala" at the Martha's Vineyard High School Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 4 pm and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 pm. Kirsten Glaser of The Charlottesville Ballet & Colorado Ballet will be playing the lead role of the Sugarplum Fairy. Also joining the cast will be Oak Bluffs's own Devon Lodge. Devon also trained at the MV School of Ballet in his younger years and is currently training at the prestigious Julliard School in New York City. He was chosen from 12 dancers from all over the world. Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketsmv.com.
Children performers from Oak Bluffs are Ava McGee, Mackenzie Luce, Matthew Luce, and Madeline Clatworthy. Oak Bluffs residents Anna Marie D'Addarie, Elizabeth Convery Luce, and Mark Luce are adult performers in the production.
The annual Oak Bluffs tree lighting ceremony will be held at the David Healey Post Office Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Congratulations to Daniel Blake and Adjoa Burnham-Stern on the birth of their baby girl Mikaela Ann Blake in San Antonio, Texas. They will come to the Vineyard during the Christmas and New Year's holidays where proud Island grandparents Bertha and Dan Blake will be able to spend some time with the family.
We send birthday smiles to Cousin John Alley on Dec. 3, Brittney Jardin, Bill Anderson Sr., Estelle Surprenant and Kate Collins on Dec. 4, and Mary MacDonald, Lynn Rebello, Francis Bernard, and Rose Cogliano on Dec. 7.
Enjoy your week.