Oak Bluffs: lots going on, despite the storm

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On this cold and snowy Monday as I am writing, everyone is preparing for a winter blizzard that is predicted to be one of historic proportions. Hopefully it will not be as severe as predicted, but better safe than sorry. My children and grandchildren have seen that I am well supplied with wood for the stove, and plan to plow out the driveway; they have given me strict orders not to try to drive my car before the storm is over. I have whatever I need, so no need to venture outside, but my yellow Lab and I have to come to an agreement about how often she has to go out.

The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative’s fifth annual Job Shadow Day and reception will be held on Friday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. The reception will be hosted by the Harbor View Hotel for invited guests, MVYLI parents, mentors, and supporters, and the MVYLI Advisory Council. The MVYLI youth will work with their mentors from 2:15 pm to 5 pm. The Pat Gregory award will be presented at the reception. Pat was a mentor for the first MVYLI Job Shadow Day in 2010, and a longtime supporter of the initiative. Pat’s family will be present for this special occasion. You may RSVP to mvyouthleaders@gmail.com.

Condolences to the family of Bea Viera, who died this past week. She will be missed by family and many friends.

This winter, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is giving three different classes from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School the opportunity to guest-curate their own exhibits. The first opening will be Friday, Jan. 30, with a reception from 5 pm to 7 pm, when Chris Baer’s photography class will unveil “Oak Bluffs Portraits: As Time Goes By” at the Pease House Galleries at the museum. Admission to the reception is free to all. The exhibit will be up for the entire month of February.

My granddaughter Talia Rogers and John Gibson greeted their son Eagan Gibson in the wee hours of Monday, giving me my fourth great-grandchild. Eagan weighed in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was lovingly greeted by his older brother Isaiah and grandparents, uncles, aunts, and numerous cousins. What great fun!

The Oak Bluffs School changed the schedule for the ski trip because of a winter storm that  was scheduled to impact the Island last Monday evening. It was predicted to be a significant storm, so they left on the ski trip on Monday morning, ahead of the storm. They did not add additional nights to this trip, so they will return a day earlier than planned. You have to be flexible to live in New England, and especially on the Island.

Maureen and Bill Anderson have returned from their annual Christmas visit to their daughter Kristen Anderson and grandson Ian in Florida. They arrived in that warm state just before Christmas, and enjoyed the warmth and visits with family members. Their return trip was a bit more adventurous, as they ran into some snowy weather, so now they are back in Oak Bluffs where they will be able to enjoy snowy weather here this week.

We send belated birthday smiles for the month of January to Woodside Village residents Mark Kurth, Joan Hyer, Clare Currier, Millie Scott, and Ira Yaffee, and Aidylberg resident Arlaine De Lancey. Smiles to Otis Rogers, Mike Giordano, Barbara Spain, Jarek Peters, Bethany deBettencourt, and David Madeiras on the 31st, Noah Hoyt and Judy Searle on Feb. 1, Emma Williamson on the 3rd, and my grandson Matt Rivers on the 4th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.