When you hear the Nobska foghorn blowing in the night and the temperatures are hovering around 30 degrees, you know that it can only mean one thing, and that would be snow — just before Christmas. A scene worthy of a Christmas card greeted me this morning with the snow so white and clinging to the trees and shrubs. It also brought back memories of childhood when we would plead with our parents to let us play just a little longer in the snow even though the cuffs of our snow jacket sleeves were frozen with ice and already in the gap between the edge of those cuffs and our mittens our wrists were icy cold and red. Now, I am not so anxious to venture outside, not just because of the snow, but the possibility of slipping and falling is not at all appealing.
The churches on the Island offer a number of services this week. The United Methodist Church of Martha's Vineyard (Trinity Worship Center) will hold a Christmas-Eve Candlelight Service, "A Service of Lessons and Carols" at the Old Whaling Church on Main Street, Edgartown, Friday, Dec. 24, at 7 pm with Pastor Richard Rego and the UMC-MV Choir and organist Ed Rose. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 508-693-4424.
The West Tisbury Congregational Church invites everyone to their Christmas services on Friday, Dec. 24. What better place to celebrate the "Birth of Jesus Christ" than in the Barn at the Ag. Hall at 5 pm? Arrive early and enjoy the Christmas music. A 10 pm service will be held at the church, in the center of town.
A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held Friday, Dec. 24, at 10 pm at the Meetinghouse of the Edgartown Federated Church, 45 South Summer Street. All are welcome.
The Catholic Churches of the Good Shepherd Parish also will offer several services, all at Our Lady Star of the Sea church. A 3 pm children's Mass, 5 pm Mass, and a Midnight Mass will all take place on Dec. 24. On Christmas Day there will be a 10 am Mass.
Island Alpaca will continue to collect gifts for the Red Stocking Fund through December 24.
Gerry DeBettencourt passed away this week and we send condolences to her family. Gerry was very well-known on the Island and was most passionate in her likes and dislikes. She could be a strong supporter or an outspoken critic and was very supportive and helpful to senior citizens. Gerry served the town as selectman and in other positions. I remember her from my high school days when she was the referee for the girls' basketball games. Her Circuit Avenue restaurant "Gerry's Coffee Shop" was remarkable for its popularity, excellent food, cleanliness, and conversation. We liked her and will miss her.
We send birthday smiles to Caitlyn Francis on Christmas Day and Rick Tarter on December 28.
My wish for you is that you will be able to spend time with those you love on this Christmas Day and that good health and contentment follow you .