Oak Bluffs


Spring is here and summer soon will be. Starting this week, the greenhouse at the Oak Bluffs School will be open for the Oak Bluffs Plant Sale every Monday from 2:30–4:30. Some plants are ready to go and others are still being started from seed. For those who are eager to get their gardens growing, here is what they have so far: cabbage, kale, basil (and lemon basil!) marigolds, nasturtiums, tomatoes (many varieties) parsley, sage — and much more to come. Also please come by the Lost and Found. Really great things are waiting for pick-up including Black Under Armour (L), Vineyard soccer, O.B. School (L), Yale Navy hoodie, Red Sox (12/14) hoodie. Ask your child to check it out. Topping the school nurse’s wish list are sneakers of all sizes! Think of her when you have out-grown pairs as the ones you previously gave have found homes.

Seamond Ponsart Roberts, whose father was lighthouse keeper at West Chop for many years, has just gotten her book “Everyday Heroes: The True Story of a Lighthouse Family” by Seamond Ponsart Roberts with Jeremy D’Entremont published. The book covers the family’s travels and adventures and a great deal of Island history.

Here is a new production by our Oak Bluffs Public Library. They would like to introduce the Little Free Library. It will be a convenient place to pick up a free book or to leave one for another lucky reader. The diminutive “library” is on display at the library, and soon it will be moved to its permanent location in Post Office Square.

Button, button, who’s got the button? The library has them by the dozens. Maureen Gallagher of Oak Bluffs has donated a small portion of her button collection for a library display. Can you find the vegetable ivory, shell, Goodyear rubber, glass, bone, and stenciled buttons? You’ll have fun trying.

A documentary film on the city of Detroit and its woes, which are emblematic of the collapse of the U.S. manufacturing base, will be shown at the Library on Thursday, May 2, at 6 pm.

You will also be able to learn all about The Trustees of Reservations on Tuesday, May 7, at 6 pm. A presentation by TTOR staff will answer all your questions.

On the following Thursdays at 10:30 am: May 2, May 16, May 30, and June 13, West Tisbury Library story time will be at the Oak Bluffs Library.

The Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network is awarding its annual business grant of $2,500 to Heidi Feldman and Curtis Friedman of Down Island Farm. They are the producers of M.V. Sea Salt. Heidi and Curtis “harvest” water in Katama and then dry and package their product in West Tisbury.

The grant will be awarded at the Network’s final program of the year on Thursday, May 9, at Featherstone Center for the Arts. A light breakfast will follow. Please visit www.mvwomensnetwork.org for more info.

The correct email address for the MVYL is : mvyouthleaders@gmail.com

Those lobster rolls at Grace Church will again be available on Fridays, starting tomorrow, May 3, from 4–7:30 pm. For info and large orders, please call 508-693-0332. The lobster roll crew, after much deliberation and discussion, has regretfully increased the price. For lobster roll, chips, and beverage the cost is now $17. They have maintained the same price for several years, but because of rising costs of lobster and all materials, it is necessary to raise its prices too.

The Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging (FOBCOA) are holding a May Breakfast and Raffle Event on Saturday, May 4, at the Senior Center on Wamsutta Avenue across from the basketball courts. To celebrate hopes for better weather and sunnier days, they will be serving a fine breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage, muffins, coffee cakes, juices, and coffee or tea. They will also conduct a raffle of items donated by local Oak Bluffs merchants. So be there from 8–10 am enjoy a great start to your day on the first weekend of May — $8 for Adults and $4 for Kids under 12.

Condolences to the family of Michelle Davis and the family of Yvonne Ponte on the loss of their daughters. We are so very sorry.

Birthday smiles to Skip Campos on May 4 followed by Fred Hall Jr. and Todd Alexander the next day and smiles to Lisa Cottrell on May 8. Belated 18th birthday smiles to Patrick Garrett from his mom. Congratulations to Kathy and Andy Farrissey who will celebrate their wedding anniversary on May 6. Birthday smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to anyone in need of a healing smile. Enjoy your week.Peace.