Oak Bluffs


Sunday last was warm, pleasant, and brought forth more spring flowers. This past Monday morning, the sunrise brought rosy skies streaked with red and more promises of Spring. What a beautiful beginning to start this week, was the first thought going through my mind. Then I remembered, “red skies at morning, sailors take warning.” And if that old adage and the weather forecasters are correct, we will see snow tonight, once more.

The Oak Bluffs School’s annual Cake Walk takes place on Friday, April 5, at 6 pm. Bring a cake and take a walk. Volunteers are still needed, so if you can help, please call Teri Arias at 508-696-6097. The PTO has plans underway to renovate the Grades 1-4 playground, located on the side of the school. They are looking for parents to volunteer to form a Playground Committee. There will be a sign-up sheet on the PTO Bulletin Board located in the School Lobby. Call Teri with any questions you might have.

Parents and guardians of 5th-grade students are invited to join their child for Puberty Night on Thursday, April 11, at 6 pm. The boys will join Coach Magaraci in Ms. Flaherty’s room and the girls will join Ms. Vivian in Ms. Baptiste’s room. Each group will watch an informational video; What is puberty? After the video a short question and answer time will be provided.

The school nurse is sending a reminder to 7th-grade parents that Tdap and Varicella x 2 immunizations are required for 7th grade.

Just when we thought there would be no election day contests in Oak Bluffs, George Brown, treasurer of the Oak Bluffs Water District for the past 12 years, announces that he will run for the Commissioners place on the Oak Bluffs Water District Board.

Time to look through your books as the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs will be holding a Mini Book Drive on Saturday, April 6, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, at the library. The Friends are looking for used books in good condition across all categories — for children, teens and adults — including hardcover and paperback, fiction and nonfiction, DVDs, CDs and Audio Books on CD.

And just in case you think the library is only for books take a look at the library schedule for the next few weeks. Seed Planting for Kids on Saturday, April 13, at 10:30 am. Kids will be able to plant a seed in a pot, take it home, and watch it grow. Tech Soup, a presentation and question/answer session on Internet security, is on Saturday, April 13, at 2 pm.

You will have many choices for Easter Services about the Island this week. The First Baptist Church will hold services on Sunday, March 31 with a 9 am Easter service at Eastville Beach, Vineyard Haven, followed by a 9:45 am breakfast at the Parish House, in Vineyard Haven. The “Alleluia” service will take place at 11 am Easter morning.

The Island Methodist Churches will hold Good Friday services on March 29 from 1 to 8 pm at the Trinity Worship Center. Easter Sunrise Service on March 31 at 6:15 am at the Inkwell Beach, Oak Bluffs. A pancake breakfast will be held after the service at the Parish House at 7 am.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt is Easter Sunday at 9:30 am at the Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown. The 10 am Easter Service at the Edgartown Whaling Church will be the first public viewing of the new mural there. There will also be an Easter Sunday Contemporary Service at 3 pm.

Every New Year’s Eve for the past 10 years or more, a group of us would go out to dinner and toast in the new year. This past January 1, our group seemed to have fallen apart, with illness, injuries, or last-minute obligations, so we were unable to celebrate. But we finally managed to gather together on Thursday last and enjoy a belated New Year’s dinner. Those friends who gathered in friendship were Jules and Barbara BenDavid, Bill and Maureen Anderson, Wendy Rose, Sandra and Nelson deBettencourt, Sylvia and Jim Rogers and myself. Much laughter, friendship and love were shared by the group. Friends double our joy and divide our grief.

The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library will be hosting a group art show at the library in June. The show will be held from June 3 to 14, with an evening reception on Tuesday, June 4. For more information, call 508-696-4210, ext. 11, or visit the library website: vhlibrary.org. The deadline for submissions will be May 1.

Featherstone is issuing a call for artists to enter their “For the Love of Trees” photography show. All Vineyard photographers are invited, with maximum of three pieces per artist. Drop-off will be Wednesday, April 3, and Thursday, April 4, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Opening reception will take place on Sunday, April 7, from 4 to 6 pm with refreshments. The show will be open each day from 12 to 4 pm and will hang through Friday, April 19.

Birthday smiles to Grace Frye, and Kailyn Hart on March 28, Garrett Broadley on the 31st, April 1st sends out smiles to Robin Meader Tyson Araujo and Sandy Moreis, Richard D. Combra on April 2 and Heather Hall Holt of April 4.Enjoy your week.Peace.