Town Column : Oak Bluffs
We have flowers everywhere and the tourists and visitors are wandering the streets and beaches with this warm weather. If you feel the need to partake in different venue, we offer many activities in the next few weeks.
Marty Nadler will be presenting his show "Very Vineyard 08" at the Tabernacle this Saturday. The show starts at 8 pm and I can practically guarantee there will be laughs galore. I worked for the Planning Board for a few years when Marty was a member and he often had us rolling in the aisles. Now anyone who can bring comic relief to a Planning Board meeting has to be a great entertainer. Tickets will be available at the door.
Stop by the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Wednesday, August 13, to take part in some line dancing. Esther Richman will lead the group from 1 to 2 pm. Here is your chance to have some great fun.
You know how much pleasure the August Fireworks sponsored by the Oak Bluffs Firemen's Civic Association (OBFCA) bring to the whole Island. Well, now they need our serious help. The expenses are continually going up and unfortunately, the donations to fund this event and other activities the association sponsors have been decreasing. Along with the Fireworks, the OBFCA also supports many families with gift certificates and food baskets at various times throughout the year as well as a generous scholarship to students at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. So please donate whatever you can to keep this organization functioning well.
Debbie Lister, the "phone lady," retired on July 31. She was the "phone lady" for 32 years, 24 of which were spent on the Island. She is going to enjoy a little time off and then will be looking for her next adventure.
The first ever full-length organ recital by Peter Boak, at the Federated Church has been postponed from this Sunday until September. The new date is to be announced, so stay tuned.
Twelve-year-old Jeremy Alley-Tarter, took part in the USATF Youth Classic track meet in Dedham on Saturday last. Jeremy came home with two first place trophies for placing first for his age group in the 1,500- and 800-meter events and did his personal best in each of these events.
On Friday, August 8, Skip Finley will be the guest speaker at the Martha's Vineyard NAACP Luncheon at the Oyster Bar Grill in Oak Bluffs. Mr. Finley has been a broadcaster since 1971. The luncheon will be held at 12:30 pm and the cost is $30 per person.
The Martha's Vineyard Film Society presents live at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs the infamous Reverend Billy and Savitri D. on Tues., August 12, at 8 pm. The Rev. Billy will screen his documentary "What Would Jesus Buy?"
The Hospice of Martha's Vineyard Summer Soiree and Auction will be held Monday, August 11, at 5:30 pm at Farm Neck Golf Club (rain or shine). This year the Soiree is dedicated to the memory of Marsha Miller Campbell, a tireless worker for many nonprofits including Hospice. This will be an elegant evening with music by Jeremy Berlin and dinner presented by V. Jaime Hamlin. I was fortunate enough to be given a preview of some of the outstanding auction articles. Among the special items are two paintings by Frank Brunelle and Vasha Brunelle, a wine tasting with hors d'oeuvres by Hospice gourmet cooks at Chris and Sheila Morse's North Water Street Gallery, two tickets to the Beach Boys concert at the Hyannis Melody Tent, which also includes room accommodations, dinner at the Paddock Restaurant, and round-trip tickets on the Fast Ferry, and a fishing trip on the Skipper for eight with lunch at the Sand Bar. There are over 17 live auction items and the silent auction includes well over 100 items. This worthwhile and wonderful event is made possible by the hardworking Hospice volunteer committee members and the generosity of so many donors, many of whom offer items without being solicited. There are still tickets available, so call 508-693-0189 for more information.
Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.