Oak Bluffs


After this last weekend I wish that the March lion would find another place to roar. Unrelenting winds, rain, floods, damaging high tides — we had it all. But as bad as it was here, it was much worse in other parts of the state so we should be thankful for small favors.

I must admit that it has amazed me through the years when I see where some houses are being constructed. The thought that always goes through my mind is don’t they realize that it is quite possible that some day the ocean could sweep in on a storm and wipe out their homes. How times have changed.

Another fabulous fish fry is on tonight at the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs. Come to dinner between 5 and 7 pm and enjoy great food at a bargain price and join your friends for some chat time.

American Cancer Fundraising takes place on March 19 and 20. Tuesday is the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day. Bouquets will be delivered to those who pre-ordered bunches, but you can still support the American Cancer Society by stopping by the Edgartown Stop and Shop on Tuesday afternoon, or Vineyard Haven Cronig’s or the M.V. Hospital on Wednesday morning, to make a $10 donation to this worthy cause.

You will receive a bunch of budded daffodils, ready to blossom and welcome spring. All funds collected go directly to fund cancer cure research, and programs that help individuals battling this disease.

In March 1980 a major disaster that could have greatly affected Island residents was narrowly averted thanks to the incredible cooperation between all Island firefighters and many other people. Anyone want to venture a guess as to what occurred?

Oak Bluffs Library Movie Night takes place on Thursday, March 28. A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. The movie starts at 6 pm.

The bad flu season this winter prompted the Oak Bluffs library staff to ask what they could do for patrons who were too sick to visit the library. The library is happy to announce they now offer homebound delivery service. Town residents who are homebound for medical or other reasons are eligible to participate. A volunteer will make weekly deliveries to these patrons. For more information contact the library or the senior center. This new service is offered as a trial run through June. Don’t miss out on your favorite books, DVDs, magazines, and all the great items the library has to offer. They can be brought right to your door.

March is National Craft Month. To celebrate, the library will have a different craft each day. Most of the crafts use recycled materials such as old books. A daily calendar of crafts is available at the library. Each Saturday from 1 to 3 pm there will be a special demonstration class. On Saturday, March 30, don’t miss yarn making. Try your hand at spinning wool. All material and instructions are provided for these fun, hands-on crafts for adults.

The Island Autism Group will host a Future Financial Planning Seminar for families of children with special needs on Saturday March 16 at the Edgartown School in the library from 1 to 3 pm. A New York Life financial advisor and a couple colleagues including Attorney Fred Misilo (who helped produce the PBS documentary “Autism: Coming of Age”) will be leading the seminar. For further information, contact Marcy Bettencourt at 508-693-2106.

It’s not too early to be thinking about Easter egg hunts. The Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs, is for kids of all ages and will take place on Saturday, March 23, at 11 am. Come early and bring your own basket.

The library will also be hosting a program: Connecting Boys with Books on Tuesday March 19 at 6 pm. Boys are failing to read at an alarming rate. Come listen to educator and librarian Michael Sullivan discuss how to save boys from lives as non-readers. Parents, teachers and librarians welcome!

The MV Center for Living will celebrate Spring with its third in a series of cultural luncheons focusing on the arts and cultural community of Martha’s Vineyard. The luncheon will be held on Saturday, March 23, at the Grill on Main in Edgartown from 12 noon to 2 pm and will honor The Martha’s Vineyard Museum. The featured speaker is museum chief curator Bonnie Stacy. For reservations call MVC4L Director Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440

We send birthday smiles to Jib Ellis and Bill Stafursky on March 15, Claudia Bowser on the 17th, Edith Rousseau, Kelsey Debetttencourt, Joe Moujabber, and Jaime Leon on the 18th, and Erica Ponte and Cherrie Nunes on the 21st. Birthday smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those in need of a healing smile.

Don’t forget to wear Green on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th. Enjoy your week. Peace.