Monday once more brings predictions of snow turning to rain turning to icy travels, as it has frequently these past few weeks. That raises a red flag to me that I might have to once more postpone my on-Island shopping plans. But the anticipation of holiday celebrations ahead does not allow the depressing weather to dim our joy.
Pam Glavin, our neighbor in Aquinnah, plans a celebration of life every Christmastime in honor of her late husband, Carl Widiss. Pam places a small lit Christmas tree in the Aquinnah cemetery, and invites anyone wishing to to place a small decoration on the tree. Tradition is that when you place a decoration on the tree, you make a promise to do a kind deed for someone. There will also be a stocking with small candy treats for anyone who wishes. Thanks, Pam for helping spread the joy of the season in such a kind way.
All schools will be dismissed at noon this Friday, Dec. 19, for the winter break. Classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.
The 2020 VTA youth annual bus pass is now available only at your school, for $50. The pass is valid from Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020. Because the VTA is not responsible for lost or stolen passes, students should write their name on the back of the pass, and take a picture of the pass also. The VTA will issue a replacement for $6 if the student has done this, and it shows their name and pass number.
On Christmas Day, Oriental Martha’s Vineyard Lodge will again be hosting a free community supper from 1 to 5 pm. Anyone is welcome to join for a homemade meal, or just come for dessert and company. The lodge is located at 52 Edgartown Rd. in Oak Bluffs. Any questions, please call Ezra Sherman at 508-627-2377.
In cooperation with the Greater Boston Food Bank, Good Shepherd Parish has offered, since April 2019, a monthly food distribution of frozen proteins, along with fresh fruits and vegetables, at the Parish Center in Oak Bluffs via the back entrance off School Street, for anyone with food insecurity. The next food distribution will be held on Saturday, Dec. 28, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm.
On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 20 and 21, the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse will present “Melodies, Seasonal Songs, and Holiday Cheer.” These performances start at 7 pm, and Shelagh Hackett and Paul Manafo, accompanied by Adele Dryer, will be the leaders of this great entertainment. Seating is limited, and the cost of tickets is $10 cash at the door.
The Federated Church in Edgartown is welcoming everyone to attend its Christmas Eve children’s service, starting at 4 pm, Dec. 24. The children will be performing in a pageant titled “The Mysterious Animal: Christmas in the Stable.” This year the Christmas Eve candlelight service will take place at 9 pm, and is the traditional service on Christmas Eve with Bible stories, Christmas music, and hymns. The evening ends with the singing of “Silent Night” while the church is lit only by the candles which are given to each person attending the service.
The Christmas Masses for Good Shepherd Parish of Martha’s Vineyard will all be at St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven. The Christmas Eve vigil Masses will be at 4 and 5:30 pm on Dec. 24, with the Portuguese Mass at 7 pm. Christmas Day Mass is on Wednesday, Dec. 25, at 10 am, and the Portuguese Mass at 7 pm.
A reminder that the Steamship Authority representatives will be on hand at our Oak Bluffs library on Dec. 20 from 3 to 5 pm to answer questions and assist Islanders with renewing their Islander profiles. (Editor’s note: This session was canceled in lieu of the session at the Vineyard Haven library.)
We send birthday smiles to Bill Jones on Dec. 21, and to Rae Carter, Sandra deBettencourt, Bertie Madeiras, and Marie Fisher on Dec. 22.
Enjoy your week. Peace.