Oak Bluffs


Not warm, is it? I think I could just save the same weather description, use it each week and be 98 percent accurate each time. The icy streets and walkways are so dangerous, forcing us to creep along slowly holding our breaths till we safely reach our destinations. It has been an exhausting season for the highway department; thanks to them for their hard and seemingly endless work. And how about our Fire Department and EMS personnel holding rescue drills in this frigid weather? Great work and thanks from all of us for being so willing to be prepared no matter what the temperatures.

And of course our library is always a haven for warm and informative programs. Damien Brennan will be doing a presentation for those planning a visit to Ireland or interested in travel. Join in for this interesting event on Friday, February 21, at 3 pm.

The Book Club at our Oak Bluffs Library will discuss the novel “Defending Jacob” on

Wednesday, February 26, at 10:30 am. I found it not only a great read, and there are many twists and turns with a surprising ending. Refreshments will be served.

The MV Museum has some interesting events planned for this month. Interested in learning how to collect oral histories? Here is your chance as on Saturday, February 15, from 9 am to 1 pm, the first of a two session workshop series will be led by Oral History Curator, Linsey Lee. Participants will gain knowledge of interviewing and recording techniques, care of collections, and creative use of oral histories. In the process, you will be able listen to audio samples from the museum’s collection of over 1,400 interviews with Vineyarders. A second session of this two-part workshop will be arranged. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations required. Call 508-627-4441, ext. 110, or e-mail kgtuers@mvmuseum.org

Then on Wednesday, February 19, from 3 to 4 pm in the museum gallery, join assistant curator Anna Carringer for a tour of the current exhibits on display. Anna will reveal her favorite objects in the exhibits. Refreshments will be served. This event is free for members and $7 for non-members.

Island schools will be closed on President’s Day on Monday, February 16, and then for the winter break, Feb. 23– 27, reopening on Monday, March 2. Yes March, which gives hope that we are slowly “marching” toward a warmer season.

We send birthday smiles to Tony Pasqualino on the 13th, Susan Christopher on the 14th, Smiles to brothers Eric and Michael deBettencourt and Lorraine Mavro on the 15th, Carol deBettencourt, Kathy Farrissey and Fr. Michael Nagle share the 16th, Carrie Tankard, and Joel Rebello on February 18th, and Patti Linn on the 18th.

Don’t forget your sweetheart on this Friday, our roses are red, violets are blue Valentine’s Day.

Please keep in contact with elderly or housebound neighbors to make sure they are warm and safe.