Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted March 22, 2007

I think we did it backwards this winter. We had our spring weather in December and now we are having December/January weather. It has been most interesting to watch the snowflakes suddenly flutter through as if speeding on their way to a new destination; then the sun comes out for a while to melt things just in time to make puddles most convenient for turning into icy roadsides. I am ready for spring. But I guess spring isn't ready yet.

Gaynell and Charles Downs spent last week on a vacation at the Mont Tremblant resort in Canada. Accompanying them were their sons, Bart and Brian of Boston. Then this week was the annual Downs reunion held at the home of Mary and Eric Butler in Mansfield and attended by numerous Downs family members.

Just a reminder to you if you would like a night out for supper and also support a good cause: the Oak Bluffs Firemen's Civic Association's spaghetti supper is this Friday at the P.A. Club from 5 to 7 pm.

Congratulations to Donald and Nancy Billings, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last week.

Donna Swift and Shelagh Smilie are the drama directors at the Oak Bluffs School, and Shelagh is also a one-on-one teaching Assistant at the School. Both of them also perform with the Vineyard WIMP troupe. Now they have announced that the Martha's Vineyard's teen professional improv troupe has received the honor of a performance spot in the Chicago Improv Festival, where for five days they will take classes with improv masters and perform in the same festival as some of the greatest improv troupes in the world. They are the only high school troupe to receive this honor. There will be a special performance at the Katharine Cornell stage on Fri., March 23, at 8 pm by WIMP to benefit this trip to Chicago. Tickets are $10 at the door or $5 in advance, available at Island Entertainment. You may help make this dream a reality by attending the benefit performance or making a tax-deductible donation to Troubled Shores, Inc, the IMPers parent company.

How many of us have enjoyed the Minnesingers music over the years? Can you believe that they are planning a 40th reunion and concert/reception this coming summer? They are looking for responses from all current and former Minnesingers in order to put together a listing of names, addresses, and e-mails. They have many plans in the works for this reunion and are also hoping for volunteers from each decade to sit on the committee. People can get in touch with Barbara Lopes at or Pamela Butterick at

We send birthday smiles to Jose Rodriguez, who celebrates on March 26, Grace Frye, still our favorite Avon Lady, and James Rebello on March 28, John Swan on March 29, and Garrett Broadly on March 31.

Skylar Hall with his parents, Fred and Helene Hall, enjoyed Disney during February vacation. They went to all of the theme parks and SeaWorld to feed the dolphins, which Skylar truly enjoyed. And more good news for this Oak Bluffs family, as their daughter Danielle Sedlier has been accepted to UMass Dartmouth, which she will attend in the fall, and younger daughter Julian Sedlier was recognized for academic achievement as a United States National Honor Student. Needless to say, Mom is very proud for both daughters.

Save Wednesday, April 4, at 7 pm, for the Oak Bluffs Candidates Forum 2007. The forum will be held in the Megan B. Alley Community Room of the Oak Bluffs Elementary School. It is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and open to the public. This will offer an opportunity for Oak Bluffs voters and interested Vineyard residents to hear each candidate's stand on issues of vital importance to Oak Bluffs. Members of the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates after all the candidates have spoken.

The school nurse is requesting parents to please send extra clothing to school as there is frequently a need for a child to change clothing during school time because of spills of food, yogurt, or milk or muddy stains from normal school-time activities.

Any parent who wishes to register a child for kindergarten next year is reminded to please call Sue Peters at the school office at 693-0951.

Family games night tonight at the Oak Bluffs Library at 6 pm, and tomorrow at the age-6-to-10 story time at 3:30 pm there will be a chance to read about fairies and make flower fairies. You can make a monster fairy if you are not a regular fairy fan. Then on Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 am you may learn about eAudiobooks. You will learn how to use this fast, easy and convenient new downloadable audiobook service. Basic computer skills are required and there is limited seating available. Please call the library to sign up at 693-9433.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me please.