Oak Bluffs


This past Monday morning, while writing this column, I was greeted by a “sky blue pink” sunrise in the East. The pastel colors streaked softly across the sky giving the impression of a serene start to the day. But what a difference colors can make as it was a “sky-on-fire” scene that greeted me as the day ended. The sunset colors were so red you could almost feel the heat. These color bookends to the day were perfect.

All lines lead to the Chili Fest on Saturday, January 25. Start lining up now to the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs for this popular festival that supports our Island Red Stocking Drive.

Tuesday, January 28, at 2 and 6 pm, there will be introduction to computer classes at the Oak Bluffs Library. The classes will include basic computer instruction with Miki Wolfe. Everything from powering up, mouse skills, and basic functions will be included. The classes are free, so here is a good opportunity to lean a new skill.

There will be a raffle ticket sale to benefit Save the Gay Head Light. There are wonderful prizes including 100 gallons of heating oil and 100 gallons of propane donated by Vineyard Propane. You may buy a ticket at Cronig’s Market, Vineyard Haven, from 11 am to 4 pm on January 25, January 31, and February 1. The winning ticket will be drawn by Beverly Wright on February 1.

Not wanting to compete with the Patriot’s play off game, The Federated Church Cabaret, which will be held in the Federated Parish House on South School Street in Edgartown, has been rescheduled to Saturday, January 25, at 7:30 pm. Peter Boak will be at the piano, while you enjoy appetizers, hear singing, comedy, see magic and more, for an admission fee of $15. Wine will available for $5 a glass. The admission fee benefits the Peace Quilts for Haiti project and The Federated Church. For more info you may call Marna Waller at the Federated Church, 508-627-4421 or email antispung@aol.com.

We have been enjoying a visit from our son Dion Alley and my granddaughter Paige who flew in from Perth, Australia, on Thursday last. We also welcomed grandson Ben Alley who arrived from Charleston, S.C., on Saturday. It is summer in Australia so Paige will be here for ten days, but Ben had to leave last Tuesday to return to high school. He was hoping to see some snow while here, but I think he will miss it by a few hours.

Condolences to the family of Ruth Davin, who died last week. A lovely lady, she will be missed by her family and many friends.

We send birthday smiles to Buddy deBettencourt,, Michael Blake, Paul Buckley, and Holly Nadler on the 23rd. Joe Peters, BJ Bailey, and Megan Klein on the 24th, Wayne Barrett and Julia Bettencourt on the 25th, Caroline Davey on the 27th, Michael Perry III on the 29th followed by Otis Rogers and his grandson Mike Giordano on the 30th. And a very special smile for Charlene Corrigan from her granddaughter Susan Garrett on the 27th. Charlene reside at Windemere and Susan would like us all to know that her grandmother will be 100 years old on that day.

Stay safe as there are predictions of a blizzard and freezing temperatures and check on your elderly and perhaps housebound neighbors.