Town Column : Oak Bluffs
Did March come in like a lion or a lamb? It seemed to me to be a little of both. So now, we don't know what to expect except that we know that we are almost in "that season" on the Island. I am talking about the political season. We are facing that not only nationally but locally as well. I will just alert Oak Bluffs voters to be aware of what is taking place in our town, as an override seems to be rising. Just make yourselves familiar and informed of what it will include and what it will cost. Enough said.
We send birthday smiles to Vicky White on March 10, and Will Farrissey who will have his cake on March 14. A belated Happy Birthday to Brian Maciel who turned 51 on the third of March. Everyone is so proud of all of his progress since his stroke in August. He is now back to work so you many not catch him walking down Wing Road in the middle of the day.
Many exciting events are taking place at the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging. Starting on Wednesday afternoons is a new program of "afternoons at the Movies." You may join with other movie buffs at 1:30 to enjoy these movies. There is no charge. On March 19 from 6 to 8 pm, people may walk in and participate in bingo at no charge. The men's and ladies luncheon will be on March 26 at 12 noon. There is a $5 per person charge. Please call Rose at the center at 508-693-4509 to make a reservation. Of course everyone knows about St. Patrick's Day on March 17 but what you may not know is that there will be a St. Pat's lunch at noon that day prepared by Alice Ryan Butler. Again, you need to call Rose ahead of time to participate.
The proprietor and member of the founding of the historic Shearer Cottages, Mrs. Doris Pope Jackson, recently celebrated her 93rd birthday at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Lee and David Van Allen. It was a joyous occasion for this inspirational and loving doyenne of one of the most prominent families in Oak Bluffs. Among the many family members and friends who attended this event were her granddaughter Loren Van Allen, Audrey Dixon, JoAnn Walker, Marie Allen, Mary Tucker, Gretchen Underwood, Winston English, Jakki Roginson, Michael Underwood and Jerry Chipperfield.
Robert Culbert will be the speaker at the Friday Conversations program at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on March 7. The program is from 10 to 11:30 am. Robert will speak about coastal erosion and the Oak Bluffs Beaches.
Talia Rogers recently returned from a week spent in Daniel Island, S.C. Talia visited with her aunt Debra, and Uncle Dion and their children, Sam, Ben, and Paige.
The Wednesday, March 12, the preschool story time at the library at 10:30 am will feature an animals in winter theme with Justen Walker from Felix Neck.
The library will not be holding the teen games on March 6 or 13, or the age 6 to 10 story time on March 7 and 14. The Portuguese and English story time will be on Saturday, March 15, at 10:30 am with an Easter theme that includes snacks and egg decorating. All the normal programs will follow after that date.
Elizabeth Alley celebrated her 96th birthday in proper style with an open house on March 1 in the afternoon. The small cottage was filled to overflowing with numerous relatives and friends, ranging in age from two to those in their 70s.
The March Movie Matinee at the Oak Bluffs library on Saturday, March 15, will be about a young man who travels to Alaska and attempts to live alone in the wilderness. Popcorn and soda will be served. The movie starts at 2:30 pm.
The Martha's Vineyard Women's Network will hold its March Breakfast Meeting on Tuesday, March 11. The program starts at 7 am in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. The presenter will be Julie Roads, owner of Writing Roads, a national writing and marketing company.
Enjoy your week and send your news along to me, please.