Town Column : Oak Bluffs
The town is beginning to look a lot like Christmas as merchants have started to decorate their windows, wreaths are on the lampposts at the David Healey mall and, in spite of the rain showers on Monday, the lights were being hung on the trees along Circuit Avenue.
You might consider donating to some of the Island charities in honor of some of your friends and relatives that you exchange gifts with this Christmas. There are many to choose from including Hospice, Vineyard Nursing Association, Red Stocking, M.V. Community Services, church organizations, your town's Firemen's Civic Association, the Benevolent Committee of the Portuguese-American Club, the Friends of Oak Bluffs, and Oak Bluffs Council on Aging. Many of these helping organizations are struggling with decreases in revenue this year and will have to limit their assistance at a time when so many people are also having financial difficulties.
Bill Anderson Jr. was honored at a surprise 50th birthday celebration at Sharky's last Friday. Guests included his wife, Doreen, and their sons, David, Matt, and Billy, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
On Thursday, Dec. 10, from 6 until 7:45 pm, join others at the Oak Bluffs Library for a presentation by Tom Clark, the Collections and Grounds Manager at Polly Hill Arboretum. Refreshments will be served.
The Plum Hill Preschool's annual fundraiser, the Elves' Faire, will be held during the Christmas in Edgartown festivities on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 am to 4 pm. The Elves' Faire will be located at the Federated Church's Parish on Summer Street. Essentially, the Faire consists of various craft making projects (for example: gingerbread houses, candle decorating, snow globes, face painting, etc.) for children and parents, a puppet show, food, and a silent auction with a wide variety of generously donated unique items and services. The Plum Hill Preschool is a non-for-profit organization that is a part of the Island Waldorf Community.
Among the many relatives who came to the Island last Saturday for the funeral services for Elizabeth Alley were Sarah Lavallette and her children, Alley, Logan, and Jake from Connecticut; Dion and Debra Alley and their daughter, Paige Elizabeth, from Charleston, S.C.; Linda and Les Campbell and their children, Sarah Jane and Doug Campbell, from South Yarmouth and Boston; Kristen Anderson and her son, Ian, from Florida; and Bert Owens from Hyannis.
We send birthday smiles to Brittney Jardin, Bill Anderson Sr., Estelle Suprenant, and Kate Collins on December 4; Mary MacDonald, Lynn Rebello, Francis Bernard, and Rose Cogliano on December 7; and Tony Maseda and Patrick Parker on December 10.
Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.