After rain on Jan. 1 that literally washed away the old year to clear things out for a "cleaner" new year, it seemed as if everything was at rest awaiting the surprises a new year always brings. Viewing the Lagoon from the vantage point of the bridge was like looking at a still life, with absolutely flat calm water, and a single skiff at anchor. The gray landscape of water, and land was only accented by the rusty color of the skipper's jacket as both he and his boat seemed to be caught in a moment of absolute stillness. What a peaceful beginning to a new year.
We send birthday smiles to Richard Tarter who partied on Dec. 28, and to little Ava Ben David who was three on Dec. 31. Chris Alley and Nola Mavro celebrated on Jan. 3, and Kate Feiffer and Jules BenDavid on Jan 5.
Eric BenDavid remains hospitalized at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. His family would like everyone to know that Eric is improving daily and they want to thank everyone for all their prayers and concerns. Let's all send cards along to cheer him up. As he doesn't have a definite room address yet and he is not yet permitted visitors, please send any cards to his local mailing address at P.O. Box 2428, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 and his family will see to it that cards are sent along to him at the hospital. Jim's Package Store is running a benefit raffle to help cover Eric's medical expenses. You can purchase tickets at the store.
Special congratulations to Pat and Jim Dorsey who celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29 and Maureen and Bill Anderson who had their 49th wedding anniversary on the same date.
Lois Debettencourt and her son David, daughter-in-law Laura, and grandchildren Kelsey and Lucas traveled to North Kingston, R.I., for a family Christmas party hosted this year by Lois's niece. Various members of the Simmons family take turns hosting this annual event. Lois's son Jay along with his wife Becky and children Jordan and Dylan of Forestdale accompanied his mother to the party. The Monday after Christmas Jay and his family spent the day celebrating Christmas at his mother's home.
Bob Hughes, the unofficial historian of Oak Bluffs, sends me the most interesting newsletters. This month the subject was The Farm Neck Golf Club. According to Bob, an 867-house-lot plan for the 550 acres at Farm Neck had been planned. The Martha's Vineyard Commission helped to delay the start of this and in 1977 the Bass River Savings Bank foreclosed on the planners. The now beautiful Farm Neck Golf Club area owes its existence primarily to L. Robert Fullam, Charles Harff, and Douglas Mabee. To quote Bob, "I would like to tip my hat to those who saved this beautiful area. May they be rewarded with good health, happiness, peace, and an occasional hole in one!"
Ann and Duncan Ross traveled to Austria during late November and early December to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Their base was at an apartment in Vienna where they stayed for four days before traveling on to Salzburg where they toured for a couple of days. Then they returned to Vienna where they were able to shop and view the beautiful scenery as it was the start of the Christmas season there. They visited many of the museums and palaces that are so numerous in that region before returning home from this most enchanting trip.
The Oak Bluffs Senior Center is still offering many attractive programs to keep you busy during the winter days that lie ahead. The weekly breakfasts are Tuesdays at 8:30 am, for the bargain price of only $3.50. Breakfast is followed by chair caning at 9 am. Rose will be teaching a knitting class on Wednesday at 9 am, and on Wednesday afternoons at 1 pm Barbara Whitmore leads a crafts class. Bridge instruction under the leadership of Anita Pereson is also held on Wednesdays at 1 pm, starting Jan. 11. Before all the tickets are gone, sign up for the performance of "Les Miserables" on Feb. 19 at the Opera House in Boston.