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Carly Simon's new album, "Into White" (Columbia), was reviewed on the front page of the Arts section of the New York Times a couple of weeks ago. The reviewer, Stephen Holden, wrote that the opening song "establishes a mood of deep dreamy calm that is sustained over 14 songs." The album includes a "sparkling rendition" of the Beatles' "Blackbird," "Oh! Susanna," "You Are My Sunshine, two original songs by Ms. Simon and a song written by her son, Ben Taylor.
In more prosaic matters, school principal Diane Gandy's January Bell Tower, the school newsletter, is out and filled with enthusiastic plans and ideas and accomplishments by and for the students. The school extends thanks to Mary Beth Grady for her "generous donation" to the Outing Program. Second and third grade teacher Jack Regan thanks the volunteers who have been involved in bringing together Windemere seniors and students to read stories together, take photos, talk and generally exchange ideas and get to know each other. They are Sharon Eber, Amy Hewitt, Belinda Booker, Jill Bernstein, Christian Soulagnet, Barbara Thorpe, Heather Thurber, Alicia Knight, and Karen Downing.
The school's winter concert will take place next Wednesday, Jan. 17, at the community center, starting at 6:30 pm. This is always a festive evening, so come early and enjoy the music.
The Rev. Vicki Hanjian is leading a book study group that meets Sundays at the church at 9:45 am. The book is "When Christians Were Jews: Recovering the lost Jewishness of Christianity with the Gospel of St. Mark" by Wayne-Daniel Berard. The book is available at Amazon.com or may be ordered through Sun Porch Books on Circuit Ave. in Oak Bluffs. It costs about $15. For more information, please call the Rev. Hanjian at 508-696-8225.
The library's chef series kicks off on Wednesday, Jan 17, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, with a demonstration by Beach Plum Inn chef James McDonough. He will show everyone how to make pan-seared scallops in a rock shrimp scallion sauce. Wow. The demonstration is free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
We have news of holiday comings and goings from Katie Carroll, who, with Marshal and their two children joined a big local contingent for a trip to Disney World. They were Jonathan, Kim, and Kelly Klaren, Skipper Manter, Tim Carroll, and Duane and Lexi Lynch and their kids, from Cuttyhunk. They were joined by a group of cousins from Texas and D.C. They were all looking forward to "crazy rollercoaster rides, dining with Mickey and staying up late for the nightly fireworks display," according to Katie.
Chris and Kendra Carroll and their five-month-old daughter, Oona, visited Kendra's parents in Pittsburgh during the holidays. It was Oona's first plane trip.
Katie Carroll's parents, Diana Lees and Frank Tamoshunas of Waltham and Kathie Carroll's mother, Carol, and her brother Harvey from Peabody joined the family for Christmas.
Katie also reports that Stanley Larsen is serving chowder and some other hot foods, while Menemsha-Texaco is trying something new: pre-packaged sandwiches for those who forgot to pack a sandwich before they left home in the morning. The sandwiches include wraps, subs, and club sandwiches and are made by Bear Mountain. People who have tried them have pronounced them quite good. When you finish the chowder and the sandwiches, you can meander over to the library's off-season café starting at 3:30 on Thursdays and have some tea, coffee, and pastries, sometimes including Beth Kramer's coffee cake. The library café is also open on Saturdays, starting at 10:30 am.
All reports are that the firefighters' holiday party was, as it always is, a great success. Everyone cheered when Santa arrived, and faces lit up as he handed out gifts, one by one, to each child. It's a community event and thanks go, first of all, to the firefighters for keeping up the tradition and to all the behind-the-scenes workers, including Katie Carroll, who did the overall planning, to Janet Weidner, the invitation wizard, and to all the moms and some dads for their wrapping skills and to everyone for their generosity in bringing treats. And, last, but certainly not least, to jolly Santa himself who kept things rolling along.