What a wonderful gift last weekend was to us all. The warm sun, blue skies, and warm temperatures lured many of us outside, and we quickly forgot TV or any inside chores we had planned on doing. It was so great to see people walking and enjoying this beautiful Island of ours that we probably don’t take time to appreciate enough. I have noticed that early in the mornings, when I am letting the cat either in or out, the birds are starting their spring songs, a little hesitant perhaps, as if they are rehearsing an unfamiliar melody, but still it is the start of a promise of warmer weather to come.
On Feb. 28 at 5 pm, the Federated Church in Edgartown will have a Big Easy Mardi Gras Potluck, with emphasis on the Easy. The event is kid-friendly; dress up or not as you wish. It is requested that you just bring an appetizer, soup, salad, an entrée, or dessert of your choice. Please sign up in advance or call 508-627-4421.
The Howes House Writers, who usually meet on Tuesdays, are on winter break and will reconvene in May of 2017.
All Oak Bluffs residents, voters, and friends are invited to an open house to participate in the concept, development, and design for a new building to replace the present town hall. On March 1, from noon to 7 pm, all are welcome to come to the new Nelson W. Amaral Fire/EMS Station on Wing Road. There will be parking provided in the station paved area next to Fire House Lane. Please enter through the office door facing there, and a committee member will greet you to guide you on your tour. There will be some light refreshments and the building committee is looking forward to having you share your thoughts and insight.
Grandson Jeremy Alley-Tarter, a graduate of MVRHS, was named the Male Athlete of the Week for the first time by Assumption College after setting his second school record of the season at the Dartmouth classic in the 500 meters. He finished third overall at the meet, in a time of 1:06.54, to topple the previous mark by a margin of 0.80 seconds; his is the fourth fastest in the Northeast 10 this season. The previous week, Jeremy broke the 800 meter record at the University of Southern Maine Invitational, finishing in a time of 1:37.07.
The Martha’s Vineyard Partnership for Health is offering two free six-session series on “My Life My Health,” for people 60 or older or a family caregiver for someone who is 60 or older with a chronic health condition. This program is designed to give participants the knowledge and skills needed to take a more active role in their own health or that of the people they are caring for. The program will be held on Wednesdays from March 1 through April 5 from 10 am to 2:30 pm at the American Legion Hall in Vineyard Haven, or at the Howes House in West Tisbury on Mondays from March 13 through April 17 from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Preregistration is required, so please call 508-939-8358, ext. 114, to register or for more info.
The March meeting of the Neighborhood Convention will be held on Tuesday, March 7, at 11 am at the Federated Church in Edgartown. The Rev. Sharon Eckhard will lead the worship service, and the program ”Featherstone for the Arts and for Fun” will be led by Ann Smith and Nancy Blank.
Lent begins on Wednesday, March 1, and on that date there will be four opportunities to begin Lent with the reception of ashes at St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven: 8 am Mass, noon service, 6 pm service, or 7 pm service in Portuguese.
A brief service of prayer and the offering of ashes on March 1 will be held at the Federated Church in Edgartown at 12 noon.
Our Oak Bluffs library has numerous programs scheduled to help break the monotony of winter. Come and join in the Community Dance Class with the Yard’s “Making it” program on Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 7 pm. The class welcomes all ages and abilities.
An afternoon movie for teens and tweens is offered at our library on Feb. 28 at 3:30 pm. Enjoy a movie and the snacks that will be provided.
Schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 27, for the winter break, and resume on Monday, March 6.
We send birthday smiles to Benjamin Peters, Wendy Macy, and Linda Rice on Feb. 25, Earl Peters on Feb. 27, Heather Ferreira on March 2, and Reggie Kusyewiski and Kathie Case on the 3rd.
Enjoy your week. Peace.