Town Columns

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley - November 30, 2006

It was so nice to see family and friends united on Thanksgiving if only for a few days. There were also quite a few families who traveled off-island to be with family or spent the time with on-island family members. Judy and Peter Williamson celebrated Thanksgiving in Edgartown with their daughter and son-in-law, Julie and John Moffett and their grandchildren Caroline and Maggie.

Now everyone seems to be busy putting up decorations for Christmas. Please take notice of the evergreen trees, that will soon be lit, that are placed along the bulkhead. These were very generously loaned to the town by Crossland Nursery. This is not the only contribution this company has made to the Town of Oak Bluffs. The gazebo by the new library, flowers in Ocean Park and the plants in the surrounding parks are just a few of the projects that they had a part in. We are most grateful for their thoughtfulness and generosity.

And we all know the children's and actually quite a few adults, favorite place to see Christmas lights. Soon all of the thousands of lights at the Gatchell residence on County Rd. will be beckoning us to come a view this outstanding display with the only request being that a donation be made to the Island Food Pantry.

Did you know that Oak Bluffs has just started a Task Force to evaluate and revitalize the Boardwalk to the Beach area on Sea View Ave? Key members of community groups, town committees and employees and commissions are going to be working together toward this goal. Many of the groups have already been working on sections of the waterfront. A Master Plan, guided by the Task Force with consultation by an expert has been most generously funded by the Friends of Oak Bluffs. Methods of communication to share your ideas regarding this project will be forthcoming.

Here is your chance to help Hospice of Martha's Vineyard with their fund-raising. During Christmas in Edgartown, Hospice will be holding their Handmade from the Heart Sale at the Daniel Fisher House. This will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be many handmade gifts, food and a raffle of a Tuck and Holand copper metal sculpture wall hanging. Another item of interest is a framed copy of a Mary Bodeo Print. It will be a wonderful chance to purchase unique holiday gifts.

If anyone is even a little bit interested in becoming involved in the Island's foster child program, they are urged to stop by for the annual Foster Parent Gathering/Drop In on Dec. 6 between 12 noon and 4 pm. It is being held at a local foster family home in Oak Bluffs. You may bring a snack to share or you can just come by to meet local foster parents and also a DSS worker who will be there with information packets. You should call Leona Bombacci at 1 800 352-0712 Ext. 50228 for directions to the home.

One of the most beautiful concerts this time of year is the annual Reflections of Peace concert given for the benefit of Hospice. This concert is held at Our Lady Star of the Sea church in Oak Bluffs at 7:30 pm. Please make note of the change of date as it will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

We send birthday smiles to Wendy Farmer who partied on Dec, 1 followed by Peter Williamson on Dec. 3, Bill Anderson Sr., on Dec. 4, and Mary MacDonald and Francis Bernard who share Dec. 7.

On Saturday And Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3 the African Artists' Community Development project is having a sale from 9 am to 2 pm at 20 Great Neck Rd., off of New Lane. For sale will be carvings, jewelry, cloth and baskets from Zambia. The profits from these sales go to the Mama Bakhita Home for Disabled Children in Livingstone and the Opeme Orphanage in Lusaka, Zambia.

The American Legion Ladies Christmas Bazaar is Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Legion Hall in Vineyard Haven from 11 am to 2 pm. They will have a big raffle, including a large food basket, Santa bags, homemade afghans and an automatic car start. There will also be small raffles, crafted items, homemade goodies and lots of other surprises.

Enjoy you week but it might be a good idea to avoid the woods until the end of next week as it is the shotgun season for deer hunting. Send your news along to me please.