Reflections of Peace concert
Reflections of Peace concert, on Wednesday, Dec. 13, will benefit Hospice of Martha's Vineyard. Photo by Susan Safford

A concert for Hospice

By Eleni Collins - December 7, 2006

This season, the Reflections of Peace Christmas concert celebrates a decade of fund-raising for Hospice of Martha's Vineyard.

The privately funded concert is held every holiday season, and 100 percent of the profits are donated to Hospice. This year, the concert has been postponed from tonight until next Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Two groups of volunteers are the soul and the force behind the concert. One group of parishioners, mostly women, decorates the church. The second is the group of volunteer musicians, which changes yearly, who are organized by concert coordinator Kevin Ryan.

"This very special candle-lit evening not only honors the very special group of people who are Hospice of M.V. and the families they serve, but in the most traditional sense celebrates the holiday season of peace and giving," comments Mr. Ryan.

The concert serves as a place to find peace in the busy holiday season, says Hospice administrator Terre Young.

"It is an opportunity to come together at this very busy time of the year for some peace and beautiful music, and the evening is offered on behalf of Hospice. Many of us have loved ones that we've lost and there's sadness with loss," comments Ms. Young.

Ms. Young also notes that unlike prior years, tickets will only be available at the door.

This year's volunteer performers include the Katama Consort, St. Andrew's Episcopal Choir, Wesley Brown, Jan Hyer, Peter Boak, and Novum, among others.

"Reflections of Peace" A Christmas Concert, Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 pm, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Massasoit Ave. in Oak Bluffs. $15 suggested donation. For more information, call Kevin or Joanne Ryan at 508-627-3166.