Oak Bluffs

At last it’s a bit cooler and you can actually get into town and find a parking space without too much trouble. The boat cruises are still docking outside the harbor and they bring in many sightseers, so we are hardly lonely, but at least now you probably recognize at least 50 percent of the people you meet on the street.

On Sunday it was exactly one month ago that our rescued yellow lab arrived at our home. Things have worked out unbelievably well. Molly was obviously well cared for, trained, and loved by her previous owners. I often wonder why she was relinquished and wish they could know how very happy she is here and what a loving addition to our home she is.

Don’t we all respond with a laugh when tourists ask quite seriously, “what do you people do in the winter?” All the events mentioned in my column this week are only a small portion of those happenings that keep us busy throughout the fall and winter and even into spring.

Sandra Fisher Thornton is visiting her sister Maureen Anderson for a few weeks. Sandra came especially to attend the 50th class reunion of her Alma Mater, New England Deaconess Hospital. She has enjoyed meeting many of her relatives and numerous friends here in Oak Bluffs.

The time of the free Sunday class at the Mansion House has changed from 5:30 to 3:30 pm. On Sunday, Oct. 3, Brenda Wallis will be instructing the class Butt N’Up. Come join in for this great workout!

On October 1 the M.V. Film Society autumn film series at the Katharine Cornell Theatre opens with “Ondine,” a new film from Irish director Neil Jordan starring Colin Farrell. Additional information can be found on the film society web site (including links to movie trailers) at www.mvfilmsociety.com.

Carlin Hart will serve as auctioneer for the Oak Bluffs School Eighth Grade Auction to benefit the Class of 2011 at Farm Neck on Sunday, October 3. Once again, they have great items for you to bid on.

The 6th grade trip to Camp Alton Jones is planned for October 6 to 8. This is a very enriching experience for 6th graders.

The annual Open House for grades K-5 will be held on October 7. This event gives parents and others an opportunity to sample their child’s classroom and school environment (along with their child). The open house will be preceded by a pasta dinner, which is sponsored by the 8th grade to benefit their annual trip next spring.

The school’s fall production this year will be “Annie,” and they are opening up the chorus for children (especially girls) grades 1 and up. It is necessary for a parent, guardian, or babysitter of appropriate age to be present with your student at all rehearsals. Mark your calendars now for the performance dates, Friday through Sunday, November 19 –21. It should be a great show!

The grade 6-8 track meets are scheduled for Fridays, October 1, 8, and 15, at 3:30 at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

The Community Solar Greenhouse Fall Festival will be held this year on Sunday, Oct. 3, from 12 noon to 3 pm at 114 New York Ave. (next to Dick’s bait shop) in Oak Bluffs. There will be games, trifles, and treasures, raffle, free soup, music, and vendors.

The 3rd Annual Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School ’80s Dance Party and Rock Auction will be held this Saturday, Oct. 2, at Nectar’s. Silent auction starts at 6:30 and the live auction starts at 8 followed by Dancemania with DJ Jason Araujo. $25 includes Flatbread’s pizza and salad bar! There will be tons of great auction items, including a week in Virgin Gorda; chainsaw work; private Super Bowl Party; ski weekend in Vail; fishing trip with Louis Larsen; Dream Garden (bobcat work, landscaping, plantings); and Celtics tickets.

The Island Elderly Housing Arts and Crafts show will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, at Woodside Village Building 2 from 1 to 3 pm. Come and see the many creations fashioned by these residents and you can probably get a head start on your holiday shopping.

We send birthday smiles to Grace Vanderhoop and Elyse Madeiras on Oct. 2, Will deBettencourt IV and Marc Hanover on Oct. 5, Tony White on Oct. 5, and Robert Moreis on the 6th.

Enjoy your week.Peace.