Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs

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Our town is looking brand new with all the activity going on around Circuit Avenue and in front of the Steamship Authority wharf. New curbings, brick sidewalks, newly built areas for plants, and numerous workers and police detail workers have been seen everywhere in this area. The way things are, I think we will need a map to learn our way around the traffic lanes, but it promises to be very attractive when finished.

As you are doing your spring-cleaning, if you have some books you no longer want, drop them off at the Oak Bluffs Public Library, at 56R School Street and Pacific Avenue, next to the Oak Bluffs Town Hall. Call ahead if you are bringing in a large donation so someone can assist you. If you have books to donate, but can’t get them to the library, please call Gail Barmakian at 508-693-1274 to arrange a pick-up.

The Oak Bluffs Public Library is sponsoring a photography contest to select 14 images featuring Martha’s Vineyard that reflect Della Hardman’s legacy theme — “Savor the Moment.” The winning entries will be published in the Oak Bluffs Public Library Calendar for 2011. Contest entries will be accepted at the Oak Bluffs Public Library until 4 pm, May 29. Entry forms are available at the front desk or online at www.oakbluffslibrary.org.

My sister Joyce Wadsworth has been here this past week from her home in Paso Robles, CA, visiting with her daughter Lynn Rebello and her grandchildren, James, Ashley and Joel. On Saturday, Joyce and her longtime friend and former classmate at Tisbury School, Cynthia Schilling, left for a week’s vacation in Washington, DC.

Alex the Jester will perform at the Vineyard Playhouse on Saturday, May 1, at 11 am and at 2 pm. The first show will be appropriate for younger audiences (as young as four) and the second show will be geared more for teens, adults, and kids nine and up. The Martha’s Vineyard Library Association and the Vineyard Playhouse sponsor the show. Tickets are on sale at the Oak Bluffs Public Library, area libraries, and at the door.

Author Carol McCleary will talk about her newly released historical suspense novel, “The Alchemy of Murder,” on Saturday May 8, from 2:30 to 3:45 pm. The book features Nellie Bly, the world’s first investigative reporter, as well as historical characters such as Jules Verne, Louis Pasteur and Oscar Wilde.

Please join in at the library for a special movie presentation of a newly released DVD on Thursday, May 6, from 6 until 7:45 pm. Don’t miss this historical drama about the young Queen Victoria, England’s longest serving monarch, starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend.

We send birthday smiles to Fred Hall Jr. and Todd Alexander, on May 5, Andy and Kathy Farrissey celebrate their wedding anniversary on May 6. I remember friend Marilyn’s birthday, on May 7, and Lisa Cottrell on May 8.

Enjoy your week. Peace