Here's to brighter weather ahead as today, Monday, as I am writing this column, the rains are once again tropical. With so many important events lined up for the weekend, including the Fair, Illumination Night, and the OBFD Fireworks on Friday, we need to be thinking dry and sunny, not wet and yucky.
All this rain brings unwelcome visitors to my house which now I am thinking should be called "the bug house." Ants, flies, spiders, Japanese beetles, mosquitoes, moths, etc. have invaded. The spiders jump at me or try to outrun me either along the ceiling or counters. I managed to catch an unidentified bug that was resting on my grandmother's wall lamp, but alas the lamp suffered in the process, collapsing like a marionette with broken strings. Now I have to figure out how to get it back together.
But on the joyful side, the resident Cardinals are still carrying on a romance with the side mirrors on the car as they perform in front of them then fly off to the bushes perhaps hoping that they will find a mate and then back they go to the mirrors again, but that male cardinal rival is still looking back at them. I wonder if they will figure it out?
The recently refurbished storefront on Towanticut Avenue, next to the VFW, is called LuLu's. It as an antique shop and so much more. You will find buttons of all shapes and sizes, vintage linens, and jewelry and small accent furniture.
Author Dr. Chester P. Soliz, "Blue Duck", an elder of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, will discuss the history of his tribe on Wednesday, August 24, at 2 pm . A question and answer period and book signing will follow with light refreshments, all at our Oak Bluffs Public Library.
Don't miss this Special Children's event on Thursday, August 18, at 4 pm in the Tabernacle. Steve Songs will be in Concert. One of the original members of Vineyard Sound, Steve is the star of "Mr. Steve" on PBS Kids. It is a wonderful concert for children and adults and admission is free. This is Steve's 3rd year performing in the Tabernacle and it is always a great show.
Saturday, August 20, there will be a great art show and sale at the Douglas Peckham Studio at 56 Pennacook Ave. in Oak Bluffs from 10 am to 4 pm. It will feature photography, digitally enhanced photography, watercolors, and acrylics.
Summer is drawing to a close, but our library is still offering wonderful programs. On Wednesday, August 24, the program designed for ages 3 to 5 from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm will have a Fair theme. The theme for August 31 is dinosaurs.
The free painting workshop with Bettie Eubanks on Saturday, August 20, at 10:30 am will be a special story and painting workshop. Class size is limited to 10. Pre-registration required. Children — 7, 8, and 9 years old — should be able to be on their own during the workshop.
The Maddie Show will be on Saturday, August 27, from 10:30 to 11:30 am with Author Wendy Moore's delightful presentation of her stories, "Maddie's Moon," and "A Tune for Maddie." It will include story-based songs and drama with sing-along and group participation. For all ages and free.
Family Movie Nights at the Tabernacle will be taking place for two more Mondays. On August 22 the feature is "Charlotte's Web," and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" will be shown on August 29. The final Community Sing is Wednesday, August 31.
We send birthday smiles to my favorite son, Dion Alley, on August 19 and Becky Rogers the same day, Betty Blankenship and Marilyn Wey share the 20th, Tony Ratcliff on the 21st, Ginny Hall and Leon Holt and Erin deBettencourt all get smiles on August 23, and Christine Anthony celebrates on August 24.
Enjoy your week.