Oak Bluffs

As we continue on with this warmer and snow-less winter, everyone is holding their collective breaths wondering what comes next. The road race this past Sunday gathered an enthusiastic group of participants and I was following it from the start. However, it was just a coincidence as I was leaving Vineyard Haven at the time and was at the back of the pack. The result was the most leisurely ride of my life back to Oak Bluffs because the runners were full abreast across the entire road. It was a true lesson in patience and actually an opportunity to observe the beautiful view on both sides of Beach Road without an impatient driver behind me urging me on.

The opening reception for the Artists Collections Show at Featherstone was a huge success this past Sunday. The collections are really fun and quite diverse, and it is a great show for children. The show ends February 29 and the gallery is open every day from 12 noon to 4 pm for the rest of 2012.

Do you miss those lobster rolls at Grace Church? Well March Madness Lobster Roll Sunday is March 4 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at Grace Church. Menu offerings are lobster rolls, chips and beverage for $15 or if you prefer, you can choose a hot dog for $3 and add a slice of pie for $4. For info or for large orders, call 508- 693-0332.

On February 19, Alfred and Ada Daniels of Oak Bluffs celebrated 57 years of marriage. They were both in the military stationed at different bases in California. Ada was a Communication Specialist and when they met. Al was stationed at McClellan Air Base and they were married by the base chaplain.

At age 27, Al was in pilot school in Thelma, Alabama and was the only black person in the class where he placed first. After a stint as pilot instructor at Oklahoma University, Al was sent to Korea and was one of those pilots flying a B-36, constantly circling for surveillance as satellites do now. He also served in Vietnam, where he flew 207 combat missions.

His career was varied once he retired from the service. He was an electrical engineer before attending and graduating from Harvard Law School. He now is a lawyer and he and Ada have four grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Congratulations to you both.

Sharky’s is hosting Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard for a Dine to Donate event on Tuesday, March 6. Sharky’s will donate a percentage of food sales (excluding tax and gratuity) for all VIP Card transactions at Sharky’s Cantina in both the Oak Bluffs and Edgartown locations on Tuesday, March 6.

On February 23 (ACE MV) cosponsored by ACE MV and the MV Museum: Cooking through Cultures series will hold one class from 6:30 to 8:30pm of Wampanoag Cooking with Kristina Hook-Leslie at MVRHS. Info is online at acemv.org or at 508-693-1033, ext 240. Pre-registration is required.

The second grade annual food pantry drive took place all last week at the Oak Bluffs School. Students from the second grade collected donations from each classroom every day for a grand total of 1,532 items.

Next Monday is the start of winter vacation, so please be careful of exuberant students who might be about on the streets and sidewalks not heeding approaching traffic.

The MV Center for Living is holding its second in a series of cultural luncheons for 2012 on Saturday, March 10, from 12 noon to 2 pm, at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. The luncheon will honor our Island Brazilian community. The program speaker is Valci Carvalho who is pastor of the Alliance Community Church. For tickets and reservations call MV Center for Living director Leslie Clapp, at 508-939-9440.

The Martha’s Vineyard Order of St. Lukes is sponsoring “A Day of Prayer and Reflection” retreat on Saturday, March 10, from 10 am to 3:30 pm at Grace Episcopal Church Parish House in Vineyard Haven. Bring a brown bag lunch; drink and dessert will be provided. Suggested donation is $10. For pre-registration and information, call Susan Kelly 508-627-9946.

The Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging are hosting a Ham & Bean Supper, with delicious homemade desserts, on Saturday, March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children.

We send birthday smiles to Melanie Marchand, Kristen MacLean and Paul Buckley Jr. on February 23, Benjamin Peters, Wendy Macy, and Linda Rice on the 25th, and Earl Peters on the 27th.Enjoy your week.Peace.