Oak Bluffs

Crowds, longer traffic jams, high humidity, and a struggle to remain patient signal the arrival of August. We know that it is also the wind down of summer, so do those things that you were going to do “someday” today.

On Thursday, Aug. 12, from 6 to 7 pm, Gus Ben David returns to our library for an encore presentation of his “Animal Interviews.” His July event was SRO, so come early. Then on Friday, Aug. 13, at 11 am author Tom Dresser will talk about his new book, “African Americans on Martha’s Vineyard: From Enslavement to Presidential Visit.”

This Sunday, Aug. 15, The Mansion House is offering another free class at 5:30 pm. Featured is a Pilates Power Mat class with certified Pilates instructor Brenda Correa.

Walter Ashley of Oak Bluffs, owner of C&W Power Equipment, is featured in the August issue of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, in an article on chainsaw cutting at the Ag Fair.

Just follow the light on August 18 and it will take you to the Campground for Grand Illumination Night, where hundreds of lanterns will decorate the cottages and surrounding areas. The Friends of the O.B. Council on Aging will host their 2nd annual Illumination Night Lobster Roll Sale that same night starting at 5 pm. Included on the menu are the rolls, chips, cookies or brownies for dessert and a beverage for the price of $15. This fundraising event directly benefits the O.B. Sr. Center.

Trinity Episcopal Church in Oak Bluffs will have the very reverend John P. “Jep” Streit as celebrant on the next two Sundays, August 15 and 22. The Rev. Streit is dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston, where he is well known for his outreach and inclusiveness among Boston’s diverse ethnic and religious communities. Trinity Episcopal Church, a summer chapel, is located across from the Steamship Authority in Oak Bluffs. Services are at 9 am and all are welcome.

Only five weeks until the M.V. International Film Festival. The Festival will take place on September 9, so stay tuned for more info as we receive it.

My sister Joyce Wadsworth is here from her home in Paso Robles, Calif., visiting her daughter Lynn Rebello and Lynn’s children, James, Ashley, and Joel. We took her for a ride to Menemsha on Sunday and she saw the damage to the waterfront there for the first time. Even though a lot has been cleaned up, she still was overwhelmed by the loss.

You won’t have to venture outside the Campground area in Oak Bluffs for a variety of entertainment. This afternoon at 4 pm there is a special children’s event with The Airborne Comedians, a comedy with Amazing Juggling. Fun for all ages! Free Admission.

Tomorrow at 7:30 pm for Monster Madness, a children’s musical play performed by children in the Campground community. And a treat for adults will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, at 6 pm when there will be an Evening Concert with the Artie Shaw Orchestra and music and dancing to wonderful big-band music.

On Sunday, Aug. 15, at 7 pm, the Family Movie night at the Tabernacle will feature “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Free-will offering. And you are asked to please bring a nonperishable food donation for the Island Food Pantry. The summer film series in the Tabernacle continues with the film “Last Train Home” on August 17.

The Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard and the friends of Oak Bluffs together are presenting an evening with jazz legend Ramsey Lewis at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of the MVRHS. This fundraiser will take place this Sunday, Aug. 15, at 7:30 pm. Doors will open at 6:30.

The M.V. Garden Club will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 1 pm at The Old Mill in West Tisbury. The topic for this month’s program isHow Birds Have Changed, presented by Gazette columnist Soo Whiting of Chilmark.

Most Islanders are familiar with the Jimmy Fund, but Rose Cogliano, the popular assistant director of the Oak Bluffs Senior Center, has a special interest in The Dana -Farber Cancer Institute’s walk in Boston on September 12. Her 38-year-old sister, Denise Cogliano, the youngest of Rose’s eight siblings, died suddenly in March of this year. Denise also had Island connections, working for Susan Branch, and she had some wonderful friends here on the Island. She was a strong supporter of this march and always lead a team in memory of her father, Joseph Cogliano. Upon Denise’s death, Rose’s daughter Marguerite didn’t hesitate to take over team Cogliano with the help of Sotheby’s Real Estate in Boston, the firm Denise worked for. So, if you would like to support this team, sign on to team Denise-Gibson Sotheby’s and show the people up in Boston that we Vineyarders can make a big difference!

We send birthday smiles to Terry McCarthy and Richard Mello III today, Nelson Oliver and Shaun dePriest on August 13, Russ MacDonald on August 18, and my son Dion Alley and Becky Rogers on August 19.Enjoy your week.Peace.