The weather was mostly kind to us over the Easter weekend. Flowers are now blooming in earnest and seem to have braved the cold, giving us a beautiful landscape to admire. And have you seen the beautiful pear trees that bloom along Circuit Ave. like white puffs of clouds along the tops of the buildings. Many families were lucky enough to have children and friends join them for this holiday and walkers were seen everywhere.
Sympathies to the family and friends of Mildred Fisher who died last week. We send condolences to her son, George Fisher, and his wife, Marie.
Bill and Doreen Anderson were joined by their sons David and Matt Stamus and Billy Anderson for the Easter weekend, and then, along with the rest of Maureen and Bill Anderson's children and grandchildren, they got together to go out for dinner.
Guests at our family dinner numbered 19 people. We enjoyed the presence of our daughters and son and his wife, our grandchildren and their partners, our great grandson, and my sister and family friends. Son Dion Alley and his wife, Debra, along with their daughter, Paige, traveled the farthest coming from Charlestown, S.C. to join the family. At the end of this year they will be moving to Australia to live and my granddaughter Paige will have a chance to get re-acquainted with her mom's family so every moment with them is treasured.
The program Rising Waters, Rising Concerns: Climate Change Effects will be presented by the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary at the Oak Bluffs Library on Thursday, April 26, at 6 pm. Dr. Rob Thieler of US Geological Survey, Woods Hole, will introduce the fundamentals of climate change and sea level rise; describe what the future may hold for both people and plovers in coastal zone; demonstrate field data and models. A question and answer session will follow the program, which is sponsored by Library Friends of Oak Bluffs and is free.
It's that time of year when the beaches are showing all the "stuff" that has been left on them over the winter. The Vineyard Conservation Society's 20th Annual Saturday Beach Clean-Up will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 10 am until noon. Oak Bluffs residents are assigned the area from the Oak Bluffs Eastville Point State Beach, to Little Bridge, Town Beach (SSA to Inkwell) or you may pick your favorite beach. Volunteers will be there with everything you need and afterward join VCS at Tisbury Wharf Co. at noon for refreshments and pizza from Flatbread Co. and free tee-shirts for kids from ShirtsbyTed, while supplies last.
Mansion House is delighted to welcome a new breed of guests, with eight new pet-friendly rooms available for everyone's best friend starting early July. Former front porch retail space has been reallocated and the Mansion House is in the process of designing pet-friendly guest rooms.
Lobster rolls will be for sale at Grace Church, Vineyard Haven, this Sunday, April 15, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Overstuffed lobster rolls still cost $15 and there are delicious pies and hotdogs too. Call 508-693-0332 for more information or to place large orders.
We send birthday smiles to Michael Rebello on the 12th, followed by Sarah Neubert on the 13th, Nicholas BenDavid on the 15th, and Mark Baird on April 19.
Enjoy your week.