Oak Bluffs

What a beautiful moon Monday night and early Tuesday morning when I was treated to it again as it was setting behind the western horizon. Snow showers are what are predicted for my view very shortly, so watch your steps and drive slowly, please.

Head for the Winter Farmer’s Market this Saturday, December 21, at the Ag Hall. You will find many items that will appeal to you and because it is nearing Christmas you will be in for some surprises also as there lots of great holiday gifts. The market takes place from 10 am to 1 pm and there are many vendors from Oak Bluffs.

The Federated Church invites everyone to a special service on Sunday, December 22, at 10:30 am. Rev. Terry Martinson, their new Interim minister will be preaching, and Rev. John Schule, their pastor emeritus, will be doing the readings.

On Christmas Eve, Federated Church will have two services. The 5 pm service is focused on children, but all are welcome. The 10 pm service will be the traditional candlelight service, with wreaths hanging, and candles glowing in the windows. Music by Peter R. Boak and the Federated Church Choir.

David M. Allen, a resident of Oak Bluffs, working as the Country Representative, South Africa, for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, attended the official State Memorial for Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, with Gates Foundation officials Geoffrey Lamb and Mark Suzman.

The December 19, 10:30 am story time at the Vineyard Haven Library is the last off-site story time for the West Tisbury Library. And they send a big thank you to the Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven libraries and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services for hosting them during construction. The library will resume regular story times when it re-open mid-winter in their fabulous new (old) space!

Come celebrate at the First Baptist Church Parish House on William Street in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, December 21, 2–4 pm, and enjoy their annual Christmas tea and sale during this holiday season. Tea, coffee, tea sandwiches, cookies and more. Or just stop by to check out the gift tables and baked goods for sale at reasonable prices. Tickets — adults $7, children $4 — available at the door, but advance tickets are recommended. Call 508-693-1539.

For a bit of relaxing time, it’s good to know that the Oak Bluffs Library will show a holiday matinee movie, beginning at 1:30 pm. The films are Holiday Inn (Thursday, Dec. 19) and Elf (Friday, Dec. 20). Come in and watch classic holiday movies at the library.

The 2014 Youth Annual VTA bus pass is now available for purchase at the Oak Bluffs School for $30, a 40 percent discount offered only to Island school students. The youth pass is for students ages 7-17 (with the exception of 18-year-old high school students). This pass is valid from January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014.

Because of the holidays the deadline for the weekly column has been changed so that tomorrow is when I have to have news for the December 26 column and Friday, December 27, the deadline for news for the January 2 column. So please get me your news items by those dates.

We send birthday smiles to Bill Jones on December 21, Rae Carter, Sandra deBettencourt, Bertie Madeiras and Marie Fisher all share the 22nd, Caitlyn Francis on Christmas Day and Roger Schilling Jr. on the 26th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.