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Megan Alley

Megan Alley
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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.

Such a short time ago we were celebrating the start of the year 2015, and now January is already almost over. We have certainly have been experiencing a variety of every kind of weather this past week, including rain, snow, sudden onset of black ice–covered roads, and temperatures ranging from single digits to springlike warmth. The view of the landscape has certainly changed in many ways also. The sound of buzzing chainsaws has been filling the air in my neighborhood, as many oak trees inflicted with a strange fungus or disease and either dead or dying are being cut down. Hopefully this will halt the spread of this devastating blight.

And now when I drive past the area where the old fire station was, what a surprise as along with the station, the Fire Department Museum has vanished. Thankfully, I am told that it has only been removed from the site while the new fire station is being constructed.

Friend Ginny Hall died last week after a determined fight against lung cancer. Ginny was a friend to so many people and was always ready to lend her assistance whenever and wherever needed. Sincere condolences to her daughter Heather and son Fred and his wife Helene, her much loved grandchildren and her many friends of all ages, and so many young adults who called her, with great affection, Aunt Ginny. We share your loss, and are so sorry.

“A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place” sounds perfect to me, and is the name of  the workshop that Kim D’Arcy of the National Association of Professional Organizers has scheduled for two Wednesdays: Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 at 6:00 pm to help members of the Vineyard community start the New Year off right by getting organized. Visit organizemv.com or facebook.com/organizemv for more information.

Would you like to learn about hands-on science from the next generation of scientists? The MVRHS 2015 Science and Engineering Fair takes place on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the high school from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm, and is open to the public. These students ask great questions about interesting topics, and then work out methods to obtain data and test ideas. The culmination of their projects is to present their work to judges, parents, peers, and to you and me. Come and enjoy and mingle.

You may meet the new Oak Bluffs library adult technology services librarian, Allyson Malik, at our library on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 1 pm to 2 pm. Allyson will be pleased to hear your tech-program ideas. Refreshments will also be served.

The annual PTO Cakewalk at our Oak Bluffs School takes place on this Friday. This is always great fun, so check with the school office for more info. The school ski trip starts Wednesday, Jan. 28, and students will not be returning until Friday, Jan. 30.

The Oak Bluffs School will be a swinging place on Feb. 6. There will be a swing dance featuring Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, and a silent auction from 7 pm to 9:30 pm. Tickets are a bargain at $10 for adults, and student tickets are only $5.00.

We send birthday smiles to Buddy deBettencourt, Michael Blake, Paul Buckley, and Holly Nadler on the 23rd; Joe Peters and Megan Klein on the 24th; and Wayne Barrett and Julia Bettencourt on the 25th. Caroline Davey and Charleane Corrigan share the 27th, and Michael Edward Perry III celebrates on the 29th.

Martin Luther King was honored and remembered this past Monday. Hopefully his actions and words will be remembered for more than that one day, as they are so appropriate for the times we are living in now. Please practice harmony, not prejudice. Peace.

Can it be that January is half over already?  Students that were here for winter break are returning to their schools, and many residents have already headed to warmer climates. But we have many winter activities to keep us busy and perhaps take our minds off this cold weather.

Get  Fit in ’15 with a new program at our Oak Bluffs library. Saturday, Jan. 24, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm, will see the kickoff of a yearlong program: mind, body, and spiritual fitness. Keep your resolutions going all year long. You will receive information and a demonstration, and have an opportunity to sign up; there will be a door prize. Don’t miss out on the hot chocolate party for kids on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 10 am to 12 noon. There will be face painting, mug craft, and more, and all ages are welcome.

Because the last Island Faces portrait competition was so popular, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is once again celebrating the faces of Martha’s Vineyard with a second Island Faces portrait competition in collaboration with Featherstone Center for the Arts. Three years ago, the Museum held its first portrait contest, inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s annual contest. Members and visitors greeted the exhibition that resulted with great enthusiasm, encouraging it to be done again, and now it will be. The museum has begun accepting entries.

A panel of judges from the Island’s art community will jury the competition. The winning portraits will debut in an exhibit opening at the museum on Sept. 4, 2015. The public will once again be able to vote on a separate People’s Choice category, the winners of which will be featured at Featherstone beginning Nov. 8, 2015. Entry forms and additional details are available on the museum’s web site. Visit mvmuseum.org/portraitcontest.

We are sending get-well wishes to Allan “Buddy”  deBettencourt, who fell and broke his leg last week. Buddy remains a patient at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, where he is recovering nicely. Take time to send a card, or call or stop by to visit.

ACE MV will have a walk-in winter registration this Friday from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. It will take place in the MVRHS front-entrance lobby. Come and check out the classes, as there will be 36 different class offerings.

It’s always nice to have a family event to look forward to in the midst of winter. This Saturday, Jan. 17, from 4 pm to 7 pm, head to Dreamland for a family dance party to benefit the Niantic Park playground project. This event is kid-friendly, and includes dance music, games, a raffle, and more. The suggested donation is $5 per person, with a $20 family cap. Sharky’s Cantina in Oak Bluffs is also helping out this project with a dine-to-donate event. From now through April 1, $5 from every kid’s meal sold at the Oak Bluffs Sharky’s will be donated to the Niantic Park Playground Project. As the Oak Bluffs Cantina is closed through Jan. 15, Sharky’s will donate from Edgartown until the 15th.

Missing eyeglasses, anyone? The Oak Bluffs School nurse’s office has quite a collection. There are all colors and shapes, both children’s and adults. So swing by and check them out, as they could belong to you or your child.

On Saturday, Jan. 31, from 10 am to 12 noon, the American Legion Post 257 in Vineyard Haven will hold a traumatic brain injury presentation, panel, and discussion. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has become the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the second session of the MV Veterans Support Series, representatives from the Home Base Program, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Providence VA, and SAVE (Statewide Advocacy for Veterans Empowerment) will be speaking on the signs, symptoms, and treatments available for TBI. Following the presentation, there will be an expert speakers’ panel, including an interactive discussion. Lunch will be provided! Please RSVP by Jan. 23 to Julie Meader at 508-693-7900, ext. 222, or jmeader@mvcommunityservices.com.

We send birthday smiles to Shamus Kelly on the 15th, Jessica Peters and Chris Pantalone on the 16th, Katherine deBettencourt on the 17th, followed by Brad Tanner on the 18th. Marcia Valentzas and Patti Linn share the 19th, Alfie Araujo celebrates on the 20th, and granddaughter Talia Roger, Tristan Araujo, Catherine Deese, and Rosemary Hildreth party on the 21st. Enjoy your week. Peace.

The holidays have passed and so has 2014, but we have many days ahead of us in this year of 2015. Like turning the calendar to a new page, this year is new, and what we write on its pages for better or worse will be written for the first time. The weather is already changing from mild to cold, and as I am writing this on Monday I am watching the temperature sink lower and lower. But thanks to my grandchildren, the inside and outside wood boxes are full, and I don’t know who is enjoying the warmth from the wood stove more, my yellow Lab Molly or myself. She is perfectly happy staying close to my side and just has me convinced that we are both growing older and more content with peace and quiet when in the blink of an eye, she will search for a ball, drop it in front of me, do a little dance and then persuade me to go outside for a bit of exercise.

Heads up for a special event: Dine to donate to the Friends of Oak Bluffs on Thursday, Jan. 22 at Offshore Ale. During lunch from 11:30 am to 3 pm, 20 percent of your food bill will go to the Friends. Order off the Pub menu from 3 pm to 5 pm, and 30 percent of your food bill will go to the Friends. During dinner from 5 pm to 8:30 pm, 20 percent of your food bill will be donated. Offshore will take reservation requests on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not necessary but are recommended. They cannot guarantee all seating requests, however, as all space will also be made available to walk-in guests. An extra attraction will  be a silent auction with several items that you may bid on anytime during the day. You will also need a free ticket to present to the waitstaff at the time of payment, so if you plan to attend, you may either email Duncan Ross at dross157@verizon.net or call him at  508-693-0541 for your ticket or for more info.

Please spread the word that the Federated Church will resume serving free lasagna dinners from 12:30 pm to 2 pm every Sunday starting Jan. 11 thru the final Sunday in March. Everyone is welcome, Island-wide. For questions, or in the case of inclement weather, please email antispung@aol.com.

You need look no further than our Oak Bluffs library to learn and participate in interesting programs throughout the winter. On Thursday, Jan. 15, at  6 pm “In Our Own Voice” will feature presenters with video who will tell their story of mental illness. Presentation structure will be by the National Alliance for Mental Illness. A question and answer period will follow. The library’s mental health collection will also be introduced, and refreshments will be served. Saturday, Jan. 17, from 10 am to 11:30 am, the Dads and Donuts program will be held. Donuts, stories, and songs, and donut decorating and crafts will be featured. This event is for all ages.

The Oak Bluffs Senior Center was very busy this past holiday season, and now everyone is looking forward to the new programs coming up. The Men’s and Ladies’ Luncheons are ongoing on the first Wednesday of each month. If you are interested, please give Rose a call at the center to sign up. Starting in February, there will be a bridge program every Tuesday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. A program on pets as animal companions will start on Mondays at 1 pm with Karen Ogden.

Alicia Oliveira has returned to her studies at Providence College after spending a brief time with her parents Margaret and David. Alicia will be one of 15 students going to Nicaragua this month to assist in building a school and helping teach grade-school children. She is a political science major and is also a member of the Army ROTC. Upon graduation she will be a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

I want to say thank you to Whit Griswold, who has been my go-to person at The Times these many years. Whit has now retired from his position and is looking forward to free time to pursue writing and other adventures. Thanks, Whit, for your guidance and gentle instruction over the years.

We send birthday smiles to Jerry Baric on the 9th, Brenda Leonard the next day, Richard Combra Jr. and grandson Sam Alley on the 11th, Jack deBettencourt and Richard Mavro on the 12th, and huge smiles to Gert Knowlton, who will be 103 on Jan. 13.

Enjoy your week and peace.

If you read last week’s Oak Bluffs Column and thought it seemed familiar you were right. Because of a production error, instead of the newest and correct version being printed in the print version of the paper, the previous week’s column was printed. However, if you read the online digital copy of the Times, you were reading the correct column for December 24.  I am sorry some of the events that I wrote about have gone by already, but I am including the news that is still current.

January will be a busy month at our Oak Bluffs library. To kick off Mini Golf weekend, they will show the 1980 classic with Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and a furry gopher on  throwback Thursday Movie Night on January 8, at 6 pm. This free event also includes popcorn and trivia.

The third annual Mini Golf Extravaganza will be held on the 9th & 10th. On Friday, January 9, from 5 to 8 pm you may enjoy food, beverage, and fun and play on the 18-hole indoor course.  This event is for those 21 years and up. The cost is $18. On Saturday, January 10, the mini golf runs from 10 am to 1 pm and is for all ages and free and is great family fun.

Are you ready for lobster rolls again? Then mark your calendars for Sunday, Jan. 4 from 12 noon until 2 pm. That is when Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven will once more serve winter lobster rolls. Their prize-winning rolls, with chips and beverage, are a bargain at $17, or you may enjoy  hotdogs for  $3 and assorted pies for $4 a slice. For info or advance orders call 508-693-0332.

Congratulations to Ashley and Jared Andrews who became proud parents of a son on Wednesday, the 17th of December. Cooper Christopher Andrews arrival also made Lynn Rebello of Oak Bluffs a first-time grandmother. What a great Christmas present.

The  community suppers at Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven will be held every Friday starting Friday, January 2, and run through March 26 from 5 to 6:30 pm. Everyone of all ages is welcome at these free suppers. There will be good food, a comfortable setting and a warm welcome. For info, call 508-693-0332.

Big changes at the four corners by the Fire Station in Oak Bluffs. The fire station is now surrounded by a safety fence and the demolition of the old station has already begun. It will be interesting to watch the progression of the new station.  The original station was constructed in the 1980’s. The foundation and finishing touches were put on that steel building mostly by volunteers and — you guessed it — they were  firemen, and the cost to the town was around $45,000.

We send belated birthday smiles to Roger Schilling Jr. on the 26th, Richard Tarter on the 28th. Smiles to Ava BenDavid, Anita Combra and Claudia Metell on December 31; Jen Araujo,  and  Michelle  Bettencourt on January 2, Nola Mavro, Chris Alley, and Nicole deBettencourt share the 3rd, Kate Feiffer and Jules BenDavid on the 5th, and Michael Araujo and Kelly Irene Pacheco on the 6th.

Many of us have lost dear friends and relatives this past year. Among those we hold close to our hearts and in memory are: Lester White, Gerry Davis, Scott Francis, John Potter, Ruth and Michael Davon, David Wessling, Henry Fauteux, Eddie Drew, Stacy Viera, Ann Margetson, Patricia Costa, Eddie Landers and Ann Tuccelli.

This poem by William Henry Harrison Murray says it all this season.

Ah friends, dear friends,

As years go on and heads get gray,

How fast the guests do go!

Touch hands, touch hands,

With those that stay,

Strong hands to weak,

Old hands to young, around the

Christmas board touch hands.

The false forget, the foe forgive,

For every guest will go

And every fire burn low

And cabin empty stand.

Forget, forgive,

For who may say that Christmas day

May ever come to host or guest again.

Touch hands!

However you celebrated this season, I hope that you celebrated together in peace.

Editor’s note: due to a production error, the Times printed the December 18 Oak Bluffs column in the December 24 newspaper. The correct column was published online and can be found at: mvtimes.com/2014/12/22/oak-bluffs-poem-season/.

This poem by William Henry Harrison Murray says it all this season.

Ah friends, dear friends,

As years go on and heads get gray,

How fast the guests do go!

Touch hands, touch hands,

With those that stay.

Strong hands to weak,

Old hands to young, around the

Christmas board touch hands.

The false forget, the foe forgive,

For every guest will go

And every fire burn low

And cabin empty stand.

Forget, forgive,

For who may say that Christmas day

May ever come to host or guest again.

Touch hands!

However you celebrate this season, celebrate together in peace.

January will be a busy month at our Oak Bluffs library. To kick-off Mini Golf weekend, we will show the 1980 classic with Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, and a furry gopher on throwback Thursday Movie Night on January 8, at 6 pm. This free event also includes popcorn and trivia.

The third annual Mini Golf Extravaganza will be held on January 9 and 10. On Friday, January 9, from 5 to 8 pm, enjoy food, beverage, and fun and play on the 18-hole indoor course. This event is for those 21 years and up. The cost is $18. On Saturday, January 10, the mini golf runs from 10 am to 1 pm and is for all ages and free — great family fun.

Are you ready for lobster rolls again? Then mark your calendars for Sunday, Jan. 4, from 12 noon until 2 pm, when Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven will once more serve winter lobster rolls. Their prize-winning lobster rolls, with chips and beverage are a bargain at  $17, or you may enjoy hotdogs for $3 and assorted pies for $4 per slice. For info or advance orders, call 508-693-0332.

Congratulations to Ashley and Jared Andrews who became proud parents of a son on Wednesday, December 17. Cooper Christopher Andrews’s arrival also made Lynn Rebello of Oak Bluffs a first-time grandmother. What a great Christmas present.

Christmas services for Good Shepherd Parish will all be held at St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven. On Christmas Eve, there will be a 3 pm Children’s Mass followed by a Vigil Mass at 5 pm and the traditional Midnight Mass at 12 am. Christmas day, there will be a 10 am service and then the Portuguese Mass at 11:30 am.

Big changes at the four corners by the Fire Station in Oak Bluffs. The fire station is now surrounded by a safety fence and the demolition of the old station has already begun. It will be interesting to watch the progression of the new station. The original station was constructed in the 1980s. The foundation and finishing touches were put on that steel building mostly by volunteers and — you guessed it — they were  firemen and the cost to the town was around $45,000.

We send birthday smiles to Roger Schilling Jr. on the 26th, Richard Tarter on the 28th, and Ava BenDavid, Anita Combra, and Claudia Metell on December 31.

Enjoy your week.  Peace.

As we get nearer to Christmas, in the midst of the frenetic shopping and many events, take a moment to look around and enjoy the scenery and time with friends and family. It is very difficult this time of year to avoid getting wrapped in the entanglement of so much commercialism. But for a moment at least, focus on the needs of those who do not have even the basics of life — food, shelter, and clothing — and commit yourself to doing a random act of kindness with no thought of reward. Then you will know you have achieved the true Christmas and holiday spirit.

My son Dion, his wife, Debra, and their daughter, Paige Alley, have arrived from their home in Perth, Australia, to spend a two-week visit with our extended family. I promised Paige some snow before they leave at the end of December, so I hope the weather co-operates or I might lose my grandmother status.
The big event at our Oak Bluffs Library this week is the Ugly Sweater Contest on Saturday, December 20, from 12 noon to 3 pm, when you can vote for the worst, or the best, ugly sweater worn by library staff. Your vote enters you into a raffle. Wear your own ugly sweater and be featured on their Facebook page. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

This week is Red Stocking Week at the Oak Bluffs School. All week students bring in donations. Over the years students have collected hundreds of dollars for this fund which helps to make a good Christmas for so many children and their families. Any donation, no matter how small is greatly appreciated.
School will be dismissed for the winter break at 12 noon on Tuesday, December 23, and re-open on Monday, January 5, 2015!

The open house at Windemere last Sunday  was well attended and everyone certainly enjoyed the sparkling lights and delightful company. The first floor entrance was glittering with the lights, decorated trees, and displays. Music was provided by the Ukulele players who sang and played to the delight of everyone. Family and friends were seen throughout every area, escorting residents to view the scenery and enjoy the celebrations. There were even two dogs attending who seemed to be enjoying themselves as well. When speaking with resident Helen Duarte, she wanted me to send Christmas and Holiday greetings to all. Helen had just returned from another stay at Mass. General Hospital and was so pleased to be back at her home at Windemere.

Saturday, December 20, from 1 to 3 pm is the Annual Christmas tea at the First Baptist Church Parish House in Vineyard Haven. There will be a luncheon, baked goods table, crafts and gift items at reasonable prices. Come join in, celebrate the holiday season and enjoy tea, coffee, tea sandwiches, cookies and more.  Tea Tickets cost $8 for adults, $5 for children. Or you may just stop by to check out the gift tables and baked goods for sale. After leaving the Tea, stop by the newly restored Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse for their open house from 4 to 6 pm.

Once again the P-A Club will be the setting for a very worthwhile event, a fundraiser to help raise money for a scholarship in memory of Beatrice (Beach) Bennett on Saturday, December 20. The event starts at 6 pm and then the buffet will begin with a delicious dinner prepared by the well-known chef Louis Giordano. After the dinner there will be a silent auction with some wonderful items up for bid. The $75 ticket fee will go towards the scholarship which will be administered by the Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha’s Vineyard.

The Oak Bluffs Fire Department and EMS would like to remind everyone to make sure that your smoke detectors are working and your house is numbered. Call 508-693-5380 with any questions.

We send birthday smiles to Bill Jones on the 21st. Rae Carter, Sandra deBettencourt, Bertie Madeiras, and Marie Fisher share the 22nd, and Caitlyn Francis on Christmas Day.
Enjoy your week, Peace.

Traffic jams on County Road this time of year are not caused by any accidents but by the Christmas lights at the Gatchell residence. Every possible Christmas and holiday theme you can imagine is on display there. There are elves, angels, reindeer, and, of course, the jolly man himself, Santa. Lights are everywhere, looking like colored gumdrops woven throughout the area. The generosity, talent, and hard work of this family in bringing this holiday cheer to all of us is unmatched. Not only that,  but they do not wish any monetary rewards for themselves but only that you bring  a donation for the Island Food Pantry for those who need an extra helping hand during our cruel winter months. Thank you to the Gatchell family for bringing Christmas joy for so many years.

The Tisbury Senior Center is inviting the public to their Annual Holiday Open House Party on  Sunday, December 14,  from 2 to 4 pm. The program will  feature the MVRHS Minnesingers, refreshments, and door prizes. The open house is free and open to the public. For more info, call 508-696-4205.

Among the many worthy organizations seeking support and financial help at this time of year perhaps one that you have not thought about is The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, whose programs give to our Island community year-round — with extraordinary live theater, poetry, film, music, art, special events, and children’s programs. Please consider giving back to the Playhouse if you believe that theater has the power to transform lives. They depend on your generosity and every penny you donate is fully tax-deductible.

Our own Oak Bluffs Library has not only books galore and many other items you may borrow but also wonderful movie nights and parties. One of my most favorite movies will be shown tonight at 6 pm for Throwback Thursday Movie Night when Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan create some Christmas fireworks in Connecticut. Popcorn and movie trivia will add to your enjoyment too.

Perhaps you would like to join in a Painting Party. If so, on Saturday, December 13, at 1 pm you may join Jazen’s Art Studio and paint your own holiday work of art. No experience is necessary. This is for adults and older teens. As space limited, sign up by calling 508-693-9433.

Also on Saturday, at 2 pm, David Atwood, Tara Reynolds, and Sondra Murphy will show their work. There will be  photography, collage, and more. Refreshments will be available and the show remains up through December.

Sincere condolences to the family of Robbie Manning who was so young and so loved. We are so very sorry.

We send birthday smiles for the month of December to Woodside Village residents Mary Chomitz, David Dube, George Szilassy, Lucy Munafo, Jeanette Bigelow, and Julia Blackman and Aidylberg resident Thomas Rogers. Birthday Smiles to Chuck Lehman all the way to New Hampshire, Jenna Gossen and my great grandson Isaiah Geddis on Dec. 12. Peter Tennant on the 13th, Pat Law and my daughter-in-law Debra Alley on the 14th, and Mike Marchand on the 15th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

You used to be able to tell what season of the year it was by glancing outside. But now at the start of December, I see rhododendrons starting to bloom, forsythia‘s yellow petals on bushes and even a few hydrangeas bravely nodding their flowers. What is happening to our world? Now I have to keep looking at the calendar and wondering is it really December or just a cool spell in April. The beautiful holiday and Christmas decorations bring me back to fast-approaching Christmas, however. The stores, the harbor, the tree in Sunset Lake sparkle with lights and dress up the town in splendor. How fortunate we are to live in a town where everyone cares so much that they work diligently to keep beauty everywhere you look.

It seems as if quite a few organizations have planned holiday events on Saturday, December 6.

The Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging will host another Holiday Bazaar this weekend, on Saturday, December 6, from 9 am to 2 pm. There will be several private vendors, holiday greens and décor tables, three fabulous baskets to be raffled (wine, baking, and New Year’s Eve), a jewelry jumble table, some scrumptious holiday baked goods, a Christmas Tree to make a donation the Red Stocking Fund and Holiday Music to keep all shoppers in the Spirit of the Season. Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be served.

The First Congregational Church of West Tisbury’s Annual Christmas Faire will be on Saturday, December 6, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to pick up festive holiday decorations and gifts for friends or your family. Everything is hand-crafted. You will be able to purchase custom decorated wreaths, holiday centerpieces, jewelry, and gift items. Homemade baked goodies for gifts or entertaining will also be available. Come early for the best selection of terrific holiday décor and gifts that are perfect stocking stuffers. Coffee and hot chocolate will be there for early birds, and there will be a raffle of an incredible Christmas gift basket. All proceeds from this fundraiser will help offset operating expenses of the church. For more information call 508-693-2842.

The annual holiday party at the Oak Bluffs Library will be on Saturday, December 6, from 12:30 to 3 pm. The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs are the proud sponsors of this event.

Help the Oak Bluffs Fire/EMS give Island children a Merry Christmas. Also on Saturday they are stuffing an ambulance with unwrapped toys and giving them to the Red Stocking Fund. The ambulance will be parked in front of Giordano’s Restaurant from 10 am to 4 pm with Santa greeting everyone and thanking all who donate a toy to this worthwhile venture.

Congratulations to Caitlyn Clark, daughter of Carol Christopher of Oak Bluffs, who was one of 32 of Flagler College’s top students who were inducted into the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society on November 18. Joe Viah, Assistant Professor of Psychology and sponsor of the Alpha Chi Flagler chapter said  “These students are the top ten percent of their class with GPAs of at least 3.7.”  Great job, Caitlyn.

Pause for a moment to remember those who lost their lives on Pearl Harbor Day on December 7. We remember those who were lost in that infamous start of World War II.

We send birthday smiles to James Moreis Hakenson on December 6, Mary MacDonald, Lynn Rebello, Francis Bernard, and Rose Cogliano on the 7th. Vamp Campbell on the 8th, Tyler Araujo on the 9th, and Tony Maseda and Patrick Parker on the 10th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Thanksgiving is this week already when it seems like we just ended summer. Once again the town and Island are crowded with students, families and others headed back here to the place they love as they do every year. Some families will be welcoming new members while others may still be feeling the loss of a member. But as we gather together, our memories of the happy times and hopes for the future will fill our hearts and bring contentment. Lets not forget those who might need a bit of a lift and in your sharing of Thanksgiving, you both will be blessed.

How about an early run and walk race on Thanksgiving morning? The Turkey Trot will take place at 8:30 am, beginning and ending outside the Chowder Company in Oak Bluffs. The cost is $10, and those under 12 run for free. Registration will begin at 7:30 am the day of the race and best of all, the proceeds will benefit the Oak Bluffs School Student Activity Fund this year. If you have any questions, call Lisa Reagan at 508-410-0189. Many thanks to Roger Wey for helping the Oak Bluffs School.

And now, even though it seems to have arrived so quickly, we are already into December happenings. The start of the Oak Bluffs Christmas/ Holiday season gets its start on Wednesday, December 4 with the annual tree lighting. As always this happy event takes place in David Healey Square in front of the post office. Along with the tree lighting there will be music, carol singing, refreshments and of course Santa, all though so very busy, will once again find time to help in the celebration.

A benefit for recovering cancer patient Carol Christopher will take place on December 5th at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs. There will be an auction and delicious finger foods. Come and support Carol as she continues on her road to recovery.

And looking ahead, the Annual MVNAACP Christmas Bazaar will be on December 20 at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center, 21 Wamsutta Ave. from 9 am to 3 pm. There will be raffles, a silent auction and vendors tables. Tables are available for $25 but as an early bird special until November 30th, the cost of a table will be  $20. For more information, call Carrie Tankard or the Senior Center.

Please remember the Red Stocking Fund, our Island’s Christmas present to itself. You may make donations or offer to help by shopping for gifts or wrapping them. Please contact Susie Wallo for more info.

We send birthday smiles to Lauren Metell and Keilla Geddis on the 27th. Cayla Morris, Roxann Klein and James Vanderhoop on the 28th, cousin John Alley on the 3rd, and Brittney Jardin, Bill Anderson, Sr., Kate Collens an Carol Testerman, share the 4th.

Enjoy your week. My Thanksgiving wish for everyone is a day with those you love.

Peace.