Oak Bluffs
Posted March 9, 2006

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

One thing that amazes new residents of our community is the fact that so many Islanders have their vacations in the winter here. That is how the cycle of activity works on this resort Island. When we returned home on the boat on Saturday, the boat was packed with vacationers returning, and so many sported very tan faces.

Ginny Hall has just returned from a wonderful two weeks of vacationing with her cousin Sandra Correllus, who resides on the Cape. She and Sandra drove first to Virginia, where they spent a few days with Sandra's son Rick his wife, Liz, and their baby, Taylor. When they left Virginia, they drove down to North Carolina, spending another few days with Sandra's other son, John. Their next stop was in South Carolina to visit with their uncle, Walter Williams, and his family. During their time there numerous cousins and relatives came to spend time with Ginny and Sandra, and the women had an opportunity to see many of their relatives in this very large family. On the drive back to Massachusetts, they once again stopped along the way to see Sandra's sons. Ginny is looking forward to helping her twin grandsons, Myles and Lucas Holt, celebrate their birthday on March 12.

We send birthday smiles to Helene Hall, who celebrated March 5, and Josh Forend today, Vicky White on March 10 and Will deBettencourt on March 12. And how could I have given Alison Ferreira's birthday on March 4 to her sister Jenny? Especially since it was the big 21! So sorry, Alison. But she celebrated with a party with her family and friends on Saturday, so I guess she forgave me.

Everyone send speedy recovery wishes to Roddy Santos, who is a patient at our Community Hospital and to Betty Alley, who fractured her hip on Sunday last and is also a patient there.

We should all be very proud of our Martha's Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) Basketball team, who never gave up. They defeated Greater New Bedford Tech in the first round of the State Tournament. On Saturday they played fourth-seeded Norwell and were defeated, but we thank them for their great sportsmanship and wonderful basketball playing. The MVRHS Boys Hockey Team is still undefeated in tournament play as I write this Monday morning and moves on to the semi-finals.

Very interesting programs just keep rolling along at our new Oak Bluffs Library. Saturday, March 11, at 10:30 am there will be Celtic Tales by storyteller Lillian Kellman. Families with school-age children will probably enjoy this the most, but everyone is welcome. On Wednesday, March 15, at 10:30 am, come sing along with Jeremy Berlin and his keyboard at the pre-school story time. The March 17 story time for school age children will feature a St. Patrick's Day theme. And then as a special treat, the library will be having coffee for patrons on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 am in the Community Meeting Room.

Estelle Surprenant's granddaughter Emily Hartford is in a new children's show that just opened a few weeks ago at Manhattan Children's Theater. The show is by the same company that produced "Dirty Harry" and consists of little tales, part of a program for pre-schoolers. Emily, a 2004 honors graduate of Hofstra University, now lives in Astoria, New York. Her mother is Estelle's daughter Renee, who is a resident of Middleboro.

On Sunday, March 12, the MVRHS Orchestra will be hosting an afternoon of music and refreshments "Un Bel Giorno" (A Beautiful Day). It will be held at the M.V. Hebrew Center from 3 to 5 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, seniors $15, students $10, and under 12 free. In addition to the High School Orchestra, there will be special guests as well. This event is to raise money for the students' trip to Italy during the April vacations. Oak Bluffs students who will be performing are Emily Carter, Nick Henderson, and Sheliagh Kelley.

Carla Martel and Orlie Alwardt enjoyed a visit with Orlie's daughter and her family: Maryanne and Lionnel Romaine, and their two daughters, Natalie and Allisha. They enjoyed a dinner out and catching up on all of the activities of Orlie's granddaughters. Carla had celebrated her birthday on Feb. 22, and Orlie celebrated his on Mar. 3, so this couple has been very busy these last few weeks indeed.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.