Oak Bluffs

These past few weeks have tested the abilities of the Island’s EMS and Fire departments to the nth degree. How fortunate we are to live in a community where cooperation between these departments brings forth the absolute best abilities of each individual and each group. We are very lucky that no matter what emergency event takes place we are in the best of hands and are so very proud of all involved.

Congratulations to Shawna Medeiros and John Odonnell on the birth of their son, Liam Sean Odonnell who was born on June 30. His proud grandparents are Valarie and Bruce Odonnell, also of Oak Bluffs.

Tom Dresser will be the guest speaker at the Friday Conversations program at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on July 23. Tom will discuss his latest book, “African Americans on the Vineyard, from Slavery to Obama.” This is Tom’s 10th book on subjects from murder to the many charms of the Island.

The African Artists Community Development Project is bringing Melanie DeMore back to the Island to hold a singing workshop for the concert on August 5 at Union Chapel. With grace, humor, and energy she teaches her African-American folk and gospel music in easy to remember four-part harmony that is guaranteed to lift the spirit. Please join them either at the workshops or the concert at Union Chapel to raise money for Zambian orphans and disabled children. The Children’s Singing Workshop with Melanie is at 2 pm at the Grange Hall Theater in West Tisbury and the Adult Sing Workshop is at 6 pm at the Charter School, also in West Tisbury.

The Crab Cake Suppers have started again this summer. They are held each Wednesday at the Trinity Church Parish House across from the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs from 6 to 7 pm or until sold out, so get there early. The cost is $12 for a full meal, and hot dog meals are also available for $5. Meals can be eaten in or taken out and proceeds from the suppers go to various mission and/or community outreach programs that the church supports.

Where are Vanessa and baby Bong Bong? These treasures have not been seen in Farm Pond this year and we are wondering where they might be or what has happened to them.

The sixth annual Della Hardman Day celebration sponsored by the Town of Oak Bluffs will be held on Saturday, July 31, in Ocean Park. A series of cultural and educational programs are being planned for the 2010 celebration by the Della Hardman Day Committee composed of year-round and seasonal residents.

On Sunday, July 25, the Mansion House is offering a body conditioning class for free. Join trainer Brenda Correa at 5:30 pm as she guides you safely through a series of strengthening moves both with and without a variety of equipment. All are welcome, both members and non-members. The free Sunday series will continue through the month of August.

Yard Arts are featuring many events among which will be “All Things Mozart,” a lecture/concert with Cori Ellison, on Tuesday, August 3, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and other programs too numerous to list here. For information or to register, please call 508-645-9662 or visit www.dancetheyard.org.

Two popular speakers are returning to the Oak Bluffs library in the upcoming weeks. Tom Dresser is coming back on Friday, Aug. 13, at 11 am and Michael Wooley on Thursday, July 29.

We send birthday smiles to Aiden and Logan Araujo on July 24, Paul Robinson and Joanne Debettencourt on the 26th and Travis Bernard, Rachel Barrett, and Denise Alwardt on July 29.

Enjoy your week.Peace.