Oak Bluffs

Columbus Day weekend was the best in my memory. At last, three great days in a row of perfect weather. The town and Island were overflowing with visitors, and the harbors were overflowing with boats and sailors.

Now the seasonal shops are beginning to close and as the tourist season winds down to a close, year-round residents are preparing for the next season. Actually, there are three upcoming seasons: hunting, scalloping, and of course football season is filling the void left by the collapse of the Red Sox.

Three short plays will be presented at The Vineyard Playhouse on Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday the 15th. They are “The Graduation Of Grace,” “Maker’s Mark,” and “The Lovers.” Showtime is at 7:30 pm.

Calling all teens ages 13 and up to a free after-school teen crafts program on Tuesday, Oct. 18. And where else would it be held except at our very own library from 3 to 5 pm. Join Sondra for great crafts. You may make your own lava lamp, weave a newsprint basket, or make a paper clip collage necklace.

Holly Nadler, Oak Bluffs’s resident teller of scary stories, will present an evening of stories about the Salem witch trials on Thursday, Oct. 20. This free program will be held at our public library at 7 pm and is suitable for adults and older children.

At the Oak Bluffs School on October 19, there will be a Teacher Professional Day and students will be dismissed at 12 noon. The school would like all parents to know that just as they periodically conduct fire drills to ensure that the staff and students know what to do should a real fire take place in the building, soon they will hold a Critical Incident Drill. This drill will prepare staff and students for an emergency in the building that would require a “lock down” by securing all classrooms and offices. School administration, along with members of the Oak Bluffs Police, have trained faculty and staff members in lock down measures and students have been receiving instructions and training from teachers during extended home room periods. Now that that students and staff understand their roles and how they should respond in a real emergency, a simulated “lock down” drill be conducted tentatively scheduled for October 14.

Just a heads-up to all parents to let you know that October 25, October 27, and November 1 are school conference days and there will be 12 noon dismissals for the kids. Instructions for signing up and scheduling conferences online will be available beginning today after 9 am.

We send birthday smiles to Kristen Mathias who celebrated October 11, Marty Nadler and Alexis Moreis on the 13th, Jen Combra on October 14th, Lu Healey and Diane Claussen share the 15th, Renee Balter parties on the 16th, Kayla Bryn deBettencourt on October 17, Erich Luening and Herb Landers on the 18th, and Nathan Francis and Saige Araujo on the 20th.Enjoy your week.Peace