Oak Bluffs

Well the July Fourth celebration has come and gone, bringing parties, fireworks, more people and cars also. Although so very crowded, it seems to have been relatively safely celebrated and we are grateful for that, and of course for the sunnier weather too.

We have been enjoying the visit of our son Dion, his wife, Debra, and our granddaughter, Paige, who arrived Monday last from their home in Perth, Australia. Grandson Ben Alley flew into Boston from Charleston, SCar., and met his family there to join the group.

The family came to attend the wedding of our grandson Marques Rivers and Sarah Neubert. The skies brightened just in time for the ceremony at the Ag Hall on the 5th and the edge of the pond at Flat Point Farm was the perfect setting for the reception late that afternoon. Of course they all have been kept very busy spending time with their siblings and cousins and have been able to spend some special time at Windemere with their father and grandfather, Dennis Alley, who remains a resident there.

Speaking of Windemere, take time to drive by and see the wonderful renovations that have been accomplished so far. Though not complete, it looks amazingly better already and when completed will be most attractive.

The guest speaker at the Friday Morning Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Friday, July 19, from 10 am to 11:30 am, will be Herb Foster. He will regale everyone with stories of “Yiddisha Jive in Everyday Life.” Herb has been entertaining Islanders for many years with his stories from Jewish life on M.V. and beyond, and we look forward to many more. Invite your friends to this entertaining program.

The Library said that the correct date for the Play Ball with the Sharks and meet the players program is Thursday, August 1. Refreshments will be served and all ages are welcome.

The Annual Chicken BBQ at the First Baptist Church, Vineyard Haven, is Saturday, July 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Reservations are suggested so call 508-693-1539. The cost is $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. Take out is also available.

The acclaimed Harlem Quartet will perform on Monday, July 15, at the Old Whaling Church in front of the beautiful new mural by Margot Datz. Also, President David Rhoderick will present the MVCMS scholarship check to this year’s recipient, Olivia de Geofroy, before the start of Monday’s concert. Olivia is the daughter of Karen Overtoom and Louis de Geofroy of West Tisbury and will pursue her further music education at the alma mater of Peter Boak, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. If you miss the Monday concert, the same program of music (Haydn, Schubert and Chick Corea) can be heard at the Chilmark Community Center on Tuesday, July 16, at 8 pm. Discounts on tickets are available for Our Island Club members, and students are admitted free.

The annual book sale, sponsored by The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs for the benefit of the Oak Bluffs Public Library, offers a wide selection of fiction, non-fiction, best sellers, and children’s books in good condition at great prices. Also available is a selection of DVDs, CDs and audio books. It will take place at the Oak Bluffs School on Thursday, July 18, from 10 am to 7 pm; Friday, July 19, from 10 am to 4 pm; and then Saturday, July 20, from 10 am to 2 pm.

They are celebrating the restoration of the organ at Trinity Episcopal Church with an organ concert on July 21, at 4 pm, featuring Wesley Brown, Organist, Trinity Episcopal Church; Peter R. Boak, Organist and Choir director at the Federated Church and director of the Island Community Chorus; and L. Garret Brown, Organist and Choir director of the United Methodist Church of MV and accompanist for the Island Community Chorus. There will be a free will offering.

Don’t forget, for great lobster rolls and easy parking, the American Legion Hall sells them every Tuesday at the Legion Hall.

Back by popular demand, the First Baptist Church on Spring and Williams Street in Vineyard Haven will hold a one time outdoor “Stone Wall Market Place” on Saturday, July 20, from 10 am to 2 pm. Vendors or anyone interested in renting space should call the office at 508-693-1539 as soon as possible for information or to reserve space. Space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come-first-served basis. Vendors wanted include: local flowers or vegetables, jewelry, crafts, white elephant, books or collectibles, and other items (no food vendors, sorry). Mark your calendars now and be sure to stop by to browse if you won’t be selling your goods. There will surely be something for everyone.

We send birthday smiles to Colleen Farrissey on July 11, Lauren Weaver and Jeff LaBell on the 13th, followed by David deBettencourt on the 14th, Grandson Nick River on July 15th, Sophie Combra on the 16th; and Russell Rogers and Summer Ann Clements share the 17th.

Save this Thursday for the fish fry at the P.A. Club. Come between 5 and 7 pm and feast on delicious fish and many tempting sides. You may stay and eat in and enjoy the food and company or do a take-out. If you miss this event, Sunday is the monthly breakfast there from 8:30 to 10:30 am. No waiting in long hot lines to eat a relaxing meal.

Birthday smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those in need of a healing smileEnjoy your week.Peace