Oak Bluffs

It seems as if I no sooner see an advertised event taking place this summer and plan to go, when suddenly it has taken place and I missed it again. Everything seems to move so quickly in the summer — except for the traffic.

Saturday night, I was at Net Result and there was former Oak Bluffs teaching assistant Gloria Darden holding court. She was speaking to one person after another who came up to greet her, everyone most pleased to see her and she returning their greetings in happy manner. One of her former students, now close to 30 years of age, came out from behind his cooking station to give her a huge hug. Isn’t it amazing what an impact one person can have on a community?

Friends around the Island are missing Laurie Jacobs who recently moved to Madison, Conn., because of a job offer that she couldn’t refuse. Laurie is an interior designer and met up with some former classmates who own a large firm in New Haven and after much tough decision making decided this is what she had to do. Laurie had made many friends and had been considered member of the Billings family. She promises to be back to visit at Fair time!

Congratulations to Lindsey Smith and Rahmal Hopkins who recently became engaged. Send good wishes to this wonderful young couple.

Come see the MV Jazz Festival “Cool Jazz Saturday” at the Tabernacle on Saturday, August 4, starting at 2 pm. Follow the parade from the Steamship terminal to the Tabernacle. Six different performers are scheduled. Tickets are $25 and $50 (premium), and $15 for students. Tickets available at TicektsMV or at the door.

On Monday, August 6, from 9 am to 4 pm is the All Island Art Show at the Tabernacle. Come see and purchase paintings from many, many Island artists. On Tuesday, August 7, from 10 am to 12 noon is the Junior Art Show. All children are invited to exhibit their artwork at the Tabernacle.

On Wednesday, August 8, from 10 am to 3 pm, the MVCMA Cottage Tour will lead you inside seven different gingerbread cottages. Tickets are $25/person at the Tabernacle.

The MV Chamber Music Society has a wonderful program of music for the concerts on Monday, August 6, at the Old Whaling Church and Tuesday, August 7, at the Community Center, both starting at 8 pm. Thanks to the generosity of Bob Conway in Chilmark, there will be a Dodd harpsichord from Boston and you will be able to hear the glorious music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons.

A reminder that every Tuesday in August at 10 am there are summer fun crafts with Nora for ages 4 to 6. Theme and craft changes each week. Parents are welcome to join in, and pre-registration is required.Oak Bluffs residents, Mary Woodcock, Laurie Howick, and Jane Shelby are working with the Oak Bluff’s Association to promote Featherstone Appreciation Day in Oak Bluffs on August 6. Featherstone Center for the Arts is located in Oak Bluffs and the day is planned to help residents and visitors become familiar with the many opportunities offered at Featherstone. Ben and Bills and Off Shore Ale, among others, will offer special Featherstone products during the day, Informational brochures and class listings will be available for all. Featherstone is on Barnes Road and can be reached by the #7 or #9 bus.

The Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard is hosting their 22nd annual Pancake Breakfast this Sunday, August 5, from 7 am until 1 pm at the Anchors across from Memorial Wharf in Edgartown. All you can eat pancakes, sausages, bacon, orange juice and coffee comes to $8 for adults and $4 for kids. A great deal at a great location! Funds raised go to Island organizations such as the Della Hardman Essay Contest, the FARM institute, Windemere, MV Boys and Girls Club, and so many more.

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is once again hosting its annual Soirée at Farm Neck on Tuesday, August 14. Always one of the summer’s premier events, this year will see some new and exciting changes to the evening’s festivities. All proceeds from its Silent and Live Auctions support patient care. Many auction items will be featured, but one Live Auction highlight is a magnificent, 6 room, decorated, and completely furnished dollhouse. From its handmade clapboards, cedar shingles, and climbing ivy trellises to its family of dollhouse figures, it’s a “must see to be believed.” It promises to be a real crowd-pleaser. Along with its wine bar, raw bar, auctions, and as always, a delicious new menu prepared by Jaime Hamlin and Sons, the Soirée will be the place to be that night. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit hospiceofmv.org or call 508-693-0189.

On August 12 at 4 pm, the M,.V. Chamber Music Society will present a Sunday afternoon forum: Creativity, Music and The Brain. The forem will take place at the Stevens Chapel Universalist/Unitarian Church at 238 Main Street in Vineyard Haven.

We send birthday smiles to Tricia Bergeron and Donald Mitchell on August 4, Joann DeBettencourt and Susan Klein on the 5th, Evamae Magee on the 6th, Ben deBettencourt on August 7, followed by Ken Debettencourt and Bob Gatchell the next day, and John Rose on the 9th.Enjoy your week.Peace.