Oak Bluffs

Downtown is starting to “look a lot like Christmas.” The swags on the lamp posts in the David Healey Mall are outstanding, and the stores are showing some decorations also.

Now some of the seasonal stores on Circuit Avenue are closed for the winter. We do so appreciate the care that two of the stores, namely Mary’s Linen Store and The Old Stone Bakery, take to make sure that their display windows are so attractively decorated, even though they are closed till spring. It makes the season a little more cheerful. We do wish some of the other businesses would follow their lead, so we wouldn’t have to look at paper-covered windows or worse when we are shopping downtown.

Archer Butler was baptized on November 14 at the Edgartown Federated Church. His godmother is Jessica Burgoyne of Edgartown and his godfather is Matthew Plenge from Tappan, New York. In addition to his parents Olivia and Nicholas and big sister Delilah, Archer had many Island friends and family help him celebrate. His great aunts came from Rhode Island and uncles from New York. His reception was at the home of his grandparents Jack and Pat Law from Oak Bluffs. It was a beautiful day.

On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 5, at 2 pm Children In The Arts of Martha’s Vineyard will present the 13th Annual “Nutcracker Gala” at the Martha’s Vineyard High School Performing Arts Center. Oak Bluffs children and adults performing in the production are Jocelyn Baliunas, Elizabeth Luce, Makenzie Luce, Mark Luce, Matthew Luce, Ava McGee, Emily Moore, Nina Moore, Ella Moran, Lily Moran, Elizabeth O’Brien, and Katherine O’Brien

You don’t have to go off-Island to find unusual gifts for the holidays. Check out the Island Alpaca goods at www.islandalpaca.com or shop at their farm store behind the barn. They are open every day year-round and by appointment.

Friends of the OBCOA are hosting their Holiday Bazaar this Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9:30 am to 3 pm at the Senior Center. Baked goods for the season, greens, toys, and gifts will be sold. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a Money Tree to support the Red Stocking Fund. A luncheon will also be available.

The Annual Holiday Happening and Christmas Tea for Good Shepherd Parish takes place on Sunday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 4 pm at St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven.

When you are making out your holiday card list this year, please include the following:A Recovering American Soldier, C/O Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20307-5001. Let service personnel know they are thought of and truly appreciated.

Fly your flags proudly on Pearl Harbor Day on December 7.

Just a reminder that one of my favorite people will be celebrating her 93rd birthday with an open house. Estelle Surprenant will be the guest of honor at an open house on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 4 pm at her home at 41 Nashaweena Park.

We send birthday smiles to Brittney Jardin, Bill Anderson Surprenant, and Kate Collins on December 4, Mary MacDonald, Lynn Rebello, Francis Bernard, and Rose Cogliano on the 7th, and Vamp Campbell on December 8.Enjoy your week.Peace