Oak Bluffs

The good weather has been a bonus for all of the scallopers in Lagoon Pond and their boats are seen scattered over the area most every day, so I guess that means that the season is good this year. The deer can relax a bit as most of the hunting is finished.

Sunday morning, while driving down Pheasant Lane, I came upon a very large, mature doe and two smaller ones, grazing along the side of the road. The smaller ones slowly made their way across the road and then the mother jumped over the split rail fence and proceeded to continue eating the grass. They did not seem a bit fazed by my watching them for a while. When I mentioned to a friend how well-fed they seemed, she replied “of course they are, they have been eating my husband’s garden.” Apparently, this group has been roving around the neighborhood for several months now.

Our sympathies to the family of Barbara Silvia. Barbara was a hard-working and cheerful person throughout her life and the well-known treasurer for the Red Stocking Fund for many years. We are so very sorry.

Now is the time to pre-order your 2012 MVRHS Yearbook. If you do so before January 1 the cost is $45. After January 1, the book will cost $65. Please call Sandy Mott at 508-693-1033, ext. 124, for questions or more information.

The West Tisbury Congregational church annual Faire will be Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm offering hand-made evergreen and boxwood wreaths, centerpieces, trees, plus an expansive food table and a vintage jewelry table.

An anonymous donor has offered to match every $1 donation given to the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc., up to the amount of $1,000. Each donation will add a leaf, inscribed with the donor’s name, to a paper tree on the library wall. The challenge was inspired by the current campaign to renovate and expand the West Tisbury Free Public Library.

Ayn Chase of Oak Bluffs is celebrating her 85th birthday on December 11. For more than 55 years Ayn has been hand-crafting pierced and painted lampshades depicting the Island, lighthouses, ferries, mermaids, floral motifs, and more. In celebration of this upcoming landmark birthday, she’s offering discounts on her items sold at The Secret Garden in Oak Bluffs and Rainy Day in Vineyard Haven. What great Christmas gifts these items would make.

Christmas in Edgartown will be providing a shopper’s luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 am to 1 pm at the Baylies Room at the Old Whaling Church. The Youth Group will have a bake sale at the luncheon. The proceeds will go to purchasing gifts for children in need.The M.V. Museum has many events scheduled for Christmas in Edgartown. They include the lighting of the Edgartown Lighthouse on Friday, Dec. 9, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.

Make the museum a part of your Christmas in Edgartown festivities. Island authors will be in the Museum galleries throughout the day to share excerpts of their latest books and autograph them. Shop the Jewelry Jingle in the Library for perfect holiday gifts. All proceeds go to the museum.

Then on Sunday, Dec. 11, there will be a Marine Hospital Open House, tours and conversation plus a community photograph at 1 pm. Tuesday, Dec. 13 there will be a Civil War Lecture by Tony Horwitz as he presents “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War.”

The Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard “Handmade from the Heart” sale will be held again this Christmas at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown on Dec. 10, from 10 am to 4 pm. Local artisans and bakers have made many contributions to make this a wonderful holiday fundraiser for Hospice.

Oak Bluffs is dressed in its holiday best. As you approach town, notice the lighted Christmas tree floating in Sunset Lake, then enjoy the many small trees with their lights along the bulkhead. Farland Square is sparkling with lights, and after you enjoy the decorated trees and the Town Christmas tree at the David Healy Mall, the lights on the trees on Circuit Avenue will guide you to Ocean Park, where you will be awed by the display. The Police Station ends this particular section, but there is more: on County Road, you cannot miss the marvelous sight at the Gatchell residence. It must fairly light up the sky, there are so many different decorations and so many colors. Ending at the Nelson W. Amaral Fire Station at four corners, are the soft white lights on the trees surrounding this corner. It is altogether a celebration in itself.

We send birthday smiles to Vamp Campbell on December 8, Tony Maseda and Patrick Parker on the 10th, my great-grandson Isaiah Geddis on December 11, followed by Jenna Gossen and Chuck Lehman the next day. EMT Peter Tennant celebrates on December 13, and Pat Law and my favorite daughter-in-law Debra Alley on the 14th.Enjoy your week.Peace.