Oak Bluffs

Where did it go and why did it go so quickly? I am talking about summer, of course. One minute it was Memorial Day and now next Wednesday, August 17, will be the Grand Illumination, followed by the magnificent OBFCA fireworks display on August 19. And of course interwoven with all these events is the four-day Agricultural Fair at the West Tisbury Fairgrounds. The list of events goes on up to Labor Day and beyond.

Trinity Episcopal Church in Oak Bluffs will have the Very Reverend John P. “Jep” Streit as celebrant on the next two Sundays, August 14 and August 21. 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. Additionally, on Sunday, August 14, soprano Kathryn Aaron will be guest soloist.On Sunday, August 14, at the 10 am service at The First Congregational Church in West Tisbury, The Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, the Senior Pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, in Atlanta, Ga., will be the guest preacher.

Every Sunday at 9:30 am in the Tabernacle there is a different guest preacher. On Sunday, August 14, the guest preacher is Rev. Dr. Robert Randolph, Chaplain of MIT in Cambridge.

The Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club will hold its election of officers at the annual meeting on Tuesday, August 16, at 1 pm at the Old Mill in West Tisbury. Tim Simmons will present a program called “Global Warming: Plants and Habitats.”

The M.V. Chamber Music Society summer concert festival winds up next Monday/Tuesday (August 15/16) with a spectacular celebration featuring the return of the Harlem String Quartet performing Beethoven (among others) and a new piece by the great jazz pianist Chick Corea called “Adventures of Hippocrates.”

Family Movie Nights at the Tabernacle continue through August and all are welcome. There is a free-will offering and you are requested to please bring a nonperishable food donation for the Island Food Pantry. So come and enjoy another entertaining movie on Sunday, August 14, at 7 pm, when “Stuart Little 2″ will be shown.

On Friday, August 12, from 9 am to 12 noon at the Health Fair at the Tabernacle, 12 Health Care agencies and businesses, including VNA, will have information on their services. The event is open to all and free and refreshments will be served.

Saturday, August 13, at 7:30 pm the children’s play is “The Wizard of Oz.” Come see this family favorite performed by children ages 6 to 15.

Tuesday, August 16, from 9 am to 12 noon and 1 to 3 pm, is Lantern Painting at $15 per session. All are welcome to come and decorate a lantern for Illumination. Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30 pm, summer draws closer to ending with the Grand Illumination and Community Sing.

Setti Warren, Mayor of Newton and candidate in the Democratic primary for the Senate seat presently held by Scott Brown, will speak at the Howes House on Saturday, August 13, at 9:30. This special meeting of the M.V. Democratic Council will start at 9 am and end approximately at 10:30. The public is cordially invited for spicy conversation, good information, and no fundraising. For more information, call 508-693-1627.

Forget about cooking and come to the Chicken BBQ on Saturday, August 10, from 5:30 to 7 pm at the First Baptist Church at Spring and William Streets in Vineyard Haven. The chicken dinner includes coleslaw, cornbread, potato salad, beans, dessert, and beverage. Limited tickets: $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under. Information, 508-693-1539.

At the library on Saturday, August 13, at 10:30 am come and meet author Kate Feiffer and hear her read her latest book, “My Side of the Car.” Make a special craft too. All ages. Free.

Of course we have to get ready for Illumination night by doing an Illumination Lantern Craft on Tuesday, Aug 16 from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Craft class is limited to 20 and pre-registration is required. Ages 6 and up. Free.

The house seems quiet now because our son, Dion, his wife, Deb, and their daughter, Paige, have left after a 10-day vacation here to go back to their home in Charleston, S.C. The weather was great for the beach, Flying Horses and visiting and eating with all their friends, cousins, and aunts. Paige spent lots of fun time with her best buddy Kayla deBettencourt at Flat Point Farm. We miss them already and look forward to their Thanksgiving visit.

We send birthday smiles to Terry McCarthy and Richard Mello III on August 12, Nelson Oliver and Shaun DePriest on the 13th, and Russ MacDonald on the 18th.Enjoy your week.Peace.