Oak Bluffs: The cozy season

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“White month — whose stars fall showering from the skies, turning to snowflakes in the frosty air” — written by Mary Baker Carter Dodge, 19th century American poet, but most appropriate for this season. I would add, a cozy, lazy season also, and perfect for petting cats, dogs, and catching up on reading. If you are looking for a novel that you will enjoy and want to read in one sitting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Perfectly Fine” is the one for you. An unusual woman, somewhat on the autism spectrum, with the resulting behavior so very accurate.

Big shout-out and thank you to all in town who went above and beyond with such beautiful Christmas and holiday decorations. Our town could have its own picture book with the imaginative decorations everywhere, including the harbor and of course Ocean Park. Bernie and Mark Crossland’s love for our town is reflected everywhere you look. How blessed are we. Thank you.

Preparations for the Oak Bluffs annual town report for 2017 have already begun, and Alice Butler, selectmen’s office administrator, is looking for suggestions for the cover of the report. It can be a photo, artwork, block print, etc., and should involve Oak Bluffs. Alice can be contacted at the Town Hall at 508-693-3554, ext. 114. Although the town cannot pay for the use of the artwork, the name and a brief biography of the artist are always printed.

Friday, Dec. 7, from 10:30 am to 1 pm, there will be an ELL, English Learning Language, potluck lunch. The lunch will be in the cafeteria at our Oak Bluffs School.

Lia Sayre, a current eighth grader at the school, has organized a toy drive for the holidays. There is a box in the school lobby, wrapped in holiday paper, for you to put any toys you would like to donate into. All of the toys donated are going to go to the Red Stocking Fund, so they will need to be unwrapped, new, and in their packaging. The toys can be for kids of any age. The box will be in the lobby until Friday, Dec. 7.

ESP, the musical group consisting of Pat Law, Eddie Medeiros, and Merrily Fenner, will be in concert on this Saturday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 9 pm at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs. Their performances are always a delight to hear, and this Saturday will be no exception as they will be singing many Christmas songs. So come and enjoy an evening out with friends and listen to this great group.

Don’t miss the Library Friends Holiday Party on this Saturday, Dec. 8, from noon to 2 pm. There will be a snowflake craft for kids of all ages. Young Adults Yogamotion for ages 8 to 12 takes place on Thursday, Dec. 13, at the library from 6 to 7 pm. Join Anne Caldwell for this playful yoga-based movement workshop to calm, focus, and stretch your thinking.

The Poetry Café continues at the M.V, Playhouse hosted by Arnie Reisman tonight, Dec. 6 at 7 pm. The $10 admission includes a beverage and a slice of Pie Chicks pie.

On Sunday, Dec. 9, the Federated Church, from 2 to 3 pm, will host an Old Fashioned Carol Sing. Located at 45 South Summer St. in Edgartown, the Meetinghouse is the perfect place for this Christmas in Edgartown event. Peter R. Boak, the minister of music, will accompany participants, and take requests for your favorite Christmas songs; you get to sing them. Music will be provided. Following the singing, light refreshments will be served. This is a free event, open to all ages.

If you are looking for a unique Christmas gift, perhaps something made in Haiti will solve your shopping dilemma. Items include folk art, quilts, bags, unique handmade jewelry, metal art, and more. PeaceQuilts will have such items displayed and for sale in the Federated Church Parish House, 45 South Summer St., on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 1 to 4 pm.The artists receive the proceeds as their only source of income.

We send birthday smiles to Vamp Campbell on Dec. 8, Tyler Araujo on the 9th, Tony Maseda and Patrick Parker on the 10th, and Jenna Gossen, Chuck Lehman, and my great-grandson Isaiah Geddis on Dec. 12.

Enjoy your week. Peace.