Our cold weather has lingered and tiny patches of snow remind us that after all it is still winter. The local news is mostly tales of who has been sick, still sick or recovering from our usual winter visits from the flu virus. We were warned very early of precautions we should take and what to expect, but it has been a surprise to many of how sudden and severe this illness can be and lingering coughs seem to be the most common symptoms. So get-well wishes to those who are ill, and the rest of you stay healthy, please.
On Sunday evening last, Pam Melrose, Karen Achille, and I spent an enjoyable and actually hilarious evening at Gerry Moriarity's house along with Ann Tyra where we all gathered to watch the first part of the 3rd season of "Downton Abbey." We enjoyed viewing this popular PBS movie, delicious food and great company.
Monday, January 21, 2013 at 9 am at the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 84th birthday celebration breakfast and program will be held. Eric V. Grey, former CFO of The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts, will be the guest speaker. Breakfast reservations are recommended. There is a suggested donation of $5. For more information or breakfast reservations, please call 508-693-1539.
VTA Student passes are now available at the Oak Bluffs School office. Please be advised that the school only accepts checks made payable to VTA for VTA bus passes.
The Martha's Vineyard Horse Council all-call meeting is on Thursday, January 10, at 6:30 at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury. All are welcome to attend.
There is no need to dine alone this winter since there are two new venues for community suppers. The United Methodist Church of Martha's Vineyard, will use its new parish house commercial kitchen to host another "on-site, prepared from scratch" community supper every Saturday from January 12 through March 30 at the Trinity Parish House in Oak Bluffs from 5 to 6 pm with doors opening at 4:45 pm. There will be no charge for these suppers though donations will be gratefully accepted and a free will offering basket will be available at every meal.
The Good Shepherd Parish is teaming with the M.V. Hebrew Center to hold potluck community suppers on Thursdays from January through March from 5 to 6:30 pm at St. Augustine's Hall in Vineyard Haven.
Volunteers are needed for setup, serving, and cleanup. Setup starts at 3:30 and the first supper is this Thursday. Donations of meat casseroles, vegetable casseroles, desserts and salad for eight are also needed , and of course money donations to help cover expenses would be great. Contact Gail Burke at 508-693-0131 to volunteer or for more info.
We send birthday smiles for January to Woodside Village residents Joan Hyer, Lynn Thorp, Clare Currier, Ira Yaffee, Fran Maciel, and Henry Kelly. In Aidylberg Village, Fortunata Metell and Arlaine deLancey also celebrate this month. Smiles on January 11 to my grandson Sam Alley and Richard Combra Jr., Jack deBettencourt and Richard Mavro on the 12th, Gert Knowlton on January 13, Shamus Kelley on the 15th, Jessica Peters and Chris Pantalone on the 16th, and Katherine deBettencourt on January 17.
Birthday smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those in need of a healing smile.
Enjoy your week.