Oak Bluffs: Less winter, more spring

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Are you enjoying the longer daylight hours? Well, come this weekend it will last even longer, as we “spring” our clocks ahead early Sunday morning and gain a whole hour of sunlight before the dark of evening descends. Unfortunately we will also enjoy one hour less of sleep. But now we have less winter and more spring to look forward to.

The “Act of Random Kindness” award goes to the UPS driver who arrived at my house to deliver a package at the same time I arrived home with heavy bags of groceries and was trying to figure out how to get them up the stairs to the porch. Without missing a beat, he said, “Let me help you,” grabbed the bags and put them right on the porch. How great was that? Thank you.

Sincere condolences to the family and numerous friends of Erica Bunker Ponte, who died last weekend after a valiant battle against cancer. A much-loved wife, mother, and friend to many, she leaves a vacant space in all of our hearts. We send our sympathy to her husband Kenny, children Hunter, Shelby, and Jake, and all those who loved her.

The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs is once again collecting used books in good or excellent condition for their annual used book sale, which will be held this summer. So head to the library with your gently used books you wish to donate on Saturday, March 9, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Tom Hallahan of Hospice will be the speaker at Federated Church in Edgartown on Sunday, March 10. Hallahan will be attending the 10:30 am service of worship, and will speak following the service about Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard. Tom has been the executive director of Hospice for nearly three years now. Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard was founded in 1982, and was then and remains now one of the very few hospice services in the country that does not charge for any of its services. It is a highly valued and important resource for the Island, and is supported entirely by donations and a variety of fundraising efforts. Please come to be informed about these services, and ask your own questions, while having a cup of coffee This is the eighth in a series of Federated Church Community Partners programs. Please call 508-627-4421 for more info.

The Vineyard Playhouse will be hosting an artist reception for Sean Roach on Saturday, March 16, from 5 to 6:30 pm. All of his exhibited work is for sale.

And here are a couple of more chances to attend the Playhouse’s performances of a Wicked Good Musical Revue with performers David Behnke, Molly Conole, Rachel Enriquez, Jenny Friedman, and Ken Romero. Musical directors are David Behnke and Peter Boak. Peter also joins Molly Sturges as an accompanist for these performances. There will be performances at 7 pm on Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16, and join them on Sunday on March 17 at 2 pm for the last one.

March is once again bringing forth some of our favorite flowers, and these have a special meaning also. It’s Daffodil Time, and the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group’s annual spring fundraiser starts on Friday, March 15, from 11 am to 2 pm in the M.V. Hospital lobby, where you will be able to purchase a bunch of these bright yellow flowers at $10 each. They will also be available on Saturday, March 16, from 9 am to 4 pm at Cronig’s in Vineyard Haven, Reliable Market in Oak Bluffs, and the Edgartown Stop & Shop. This annual spring fundraiser benefits this nonprofit group’s mission of providing financial support to year-round cancer patients in need. All profits from this event will be donated to the residents the group serves. And plan on dining out on Thursday, March 21, when the Ocean View will donate 10 percent of all dinner proceeds to the M.V. Cancer Support Group to benefit Daffodil Time. For additional information, please contact Sally Lodge at 617-947-1858.

We send birthday smiles to Bill Rankin on March 9, Vicky White on the 10th, Cindy Krauss on the 11th, Willie deBettencourt, Pauline Gregory, Janice Rose, and Molly deBettencourt on the 12th, and Jenny Hart on the 13th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.