Oak Bluffs
Posted January 26, 2006

By Megan Alley - 508-693-0850 - Meganislandmegan@verizon.net

Perhaps the best parts of winter are the unobstructed views of water and sky that we are now able to view. Coming over the Lagoon bridge early Wed. morning, the sky looked as if it had been kissed by mother nature, leaving a trail of sunrise pink lipstick against the scattered clouds stretched across the horizon. Undisturbed by noise or artificial light, this vista of serenity was a perfect greeting to the start of a new day. Enjoy this quiet beautiful time before we start the spin into hectic spring and summer.
We send birthday smiles to Marcia Valentzas who partied on Jan. 19, Catherine Deese who celebrated on Jan.12, Caroline Davey whose 14th birthday is on Jan. 27, Marcia Campbell on Jan. 30, and Bethany deBettencourt on Jan. 31.

Mr. & Mrs. Ryan (Kristy) Rose have just returned from a 16-day Panama Canal honeymoon cruise. Their trip included stops at Aruba; Fuerte Amador, Panama; Manta, Equador; Lima, Peru; and Arica and Valparaiso, Chile. Their ship was the Celebrity Millennium. While away their children, (cats) Ava and Zsa Zsa, were cared for by their Grandmother Wendy Rose. Needless to say they had a wonderful time.

On Friday, Jan. 27, The Burns Nicht Supper will be presented by the Scottish Society at the Harbor View. A major feature of these suppers each year is the recitation of "Ode Tae A Haggis" which was written by Robert Burns on his first visit to Edinburgh in 1786. The honor this year goes to Alan Reekie. Phil Dietterich will again be directing the Scottish Society Singers in a variety of Songs. For info/reservation, call Patricia Wheeler at 693-4026.

The MVRHS Minnesingers will be journeying to the Emerald Isle this April. They will be holding their Annual Auction and Mini-Concert Dinner Buffet on Sun., Jan. 29 at the Harbor View in Edgartown. Check Directory of Information for details.

There will be a Family Games Night at the Oak Bluffs School on Fri., Feb. 10 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Some teachers will be opening their classrooms for families to play different games and the gym is always a hot spot with "snowball" fun, or some other great activity. The evening will end with a raffle of the Themed Gift Baskets. This year's Talent Show is going to be held on Fri., Jan. 27.

Registered Democrats in Oak Bluffs will be holding a caucus at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Sat., Feb. 4 at 10 am to elect four delegates and two alternates to the 2006 Mass. Democratic Convention.

Nine-month-old Zachary Mathias, the son of Kristin and Steven Mathias of Dighton and grandson of Ruth and Doug Siple of Oak Bluffs, was baptized at Trinity Methodist Church in the Campground on Jan. 15. His godparents are Dr. Jamie Lynn Valcourt, cousin of the bride, and Derek and Jamie Wood. This is the same church where Kristin was baptized when she was an infant. After the services friends and family enjoyed a reception at the P.A. Club in celebration of Zachary's baptism.

Don't miss this chance to see the performance of Les Miserables in Boston on Feb. 19. Sponsored by The Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging, the trip promises to best thus far. The fee covers the bus to Boston and the theatre tickets. The first stop will be at Quincy Market. There you will be able to enjoy a luncheon of your choice and also do some shopping. Then the bus will take everyone to the performance and bring us back to Woods Hole in time to return to the Island the same day. Please contact Rose Cogliano at 508-693-4509 if you are interested in attending; there are still a few tickets left.

The Oak Bluffs School wants you to know that the dates for spring parent conferences have been changed, due to a conflict with MCAS testing. The correct dates are April 10, 11, and 12. All three days are half days.

The PTO is sponsoring another discussion on Keeping Our Children Safe, led by Office Carrie White of the Oak Bluffs Police Department. It will be held at the Oak Bluffs School Community Room on Jan. 10, and all Island parents are welcome. Learn critical information on how to keep you child safe from sexual offenders in our community and on line. You will be astonished with what you learn and very thankful for the ideas and tips you will hear at this meeting.

And of course don't forget the Annual Oak Bluffs School Talent Show tomorrow, Jan. 27 at the School starting at 7 pm. Admission is only $ 2 and great entertainment is guaranteed!

Among the many talented performers will be the Pettit Girlz, three sisters - the oldest is in eighth grade - who have a band that is so accomplished that when you hear them, you will not believe your ears. Maggie Howard, an eighth grader will absolutely mesmerize you with just her acoustic guitar and her voice. There will be absolutely no lip-syncing and live music will be provided by the School's music instructor Brian Weiland's professional band The StingRays. There also will be several teacher acts and acts where the parents accompany the students. See you there.

What a busy few weeks ahead. Enjoy this week and send your news along to me.