Oak Bluffs

The Island is quieter now for a moment before Labor Day weekend. Can you believe summer is drawing to a close? These past few weeks I have been busy making pickles and, thanks to a friend who donated the beach plums, I have been making jelly. Not having made it for quite a few years, I discovered one necessity I absolutely had to have this time around — my good eye glasses to read the recipe.

The President and all of his entourage left on Sunday. It felt and sounded like we were under invasion for a while with the noise and sights of numerous helicopters and very large planes. Hopefully, he and his family were able to enjoy some moments of peace. I always wonder if the President would appreciate being treated as a “regular tourist” or prefers all the attention being focused on him.

Pam Rogers, daughter of Bob and Jodie Falkenburg, who live in the Campground, had quite an adventure on her last night of working at the Beach Plum Inn on Friday evening. She ended up being the server for President and Mrs. Obama and their guests for dinner. She said they both were charming and very easy to communicate with.

Don’t forget that there will be an open house at the new Fire Museum at the Nelson W. Amaral Wing Road Fire Station in Oak Bluffs this Saturday, Sept. 4, from 1 to 3 pm. All are welcome. Now is your chance to view the inside of this interesting building.

If you are interested in seeing what ACE-MV has to offer this fall you can download a copy of ACE-MV Fall 2010 catalog or pick one up soon. Registration is now available online.

The First Annual Buddy Harris Bid Whist Classic was held at the Portuguese-American Club in Oak Bluffs on Wednesday, August 25, attended by nearly 75 vacationers and Islanders. For nearly 20 years, Buddy Harris was a vacationer on Martha’s Vineyard setting up housekeeping on Ocean Avenue near Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs. Buddy had a love for playing cards and enjoyed challenging friends and visitors to daily games of Bid Whist. As a tribute to the life and legacy of Buddy, his friends organized this event.

At the 5th Annual Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival, actor Matthew Modine will receive the Global Citizen Award. For any questions regarding the festival, mail film festival organizers at info@mvfilmsociety.com, or call 508-696-9369.

The Oak Bluffs library is moving ahead with a busy fall schedule. Tonight at 6 pm, the Movie Night film is the Noir classic “Laura,” starring Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, and Clifton Webb, and directed by Otto Preminger. Free admission and popcorn. And on Friday at 11 am, Tom Dresser returns to discuss his new book, “African Americans on Martha’s Vineyard: From Enslavement to Presidential Visit.”

The Woman’s Club of Martha’s Vineyard, organized by Sarah Joy Mayhew and Mary Wesley Worth, will be starting its 112th year of meetings on September 20th. New members are more than welcome. The objectives of the club are social, literary, civic, and philanthropic. For more information, call Janice Belisle at 508-627-4861. Please join them.

Remember that school opens next week and with so many students of all ages riding their bikes and walking between home and school and back again, please be very aware of their unpredictable maneuvers.

We send birthday smiles to Pam Melrose and Bink deBettencourt on August 30, Nancy Giordano, Sean Flynn and Les Phillips share the 31st, Tony Ferreira on Sept. 1, Ed Ben David Sr. and Evelyn Christopher will celebrate on the 2nd. Our favorite person behind the meat counter at Reliable Market, Bob Pacheco SHOULD take a few hours off on the 3rd to party. Young Skylar Christopher Hall gets his birthday cake on the 6th and the queen of Rosebud Balloons, Susan Phillips, gets a smile on Sept. 7.Enjoy your week.Peace.