Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs

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Sometimes one word says it all. Hot. Each morning, just before I go out the door, my mind is full of plans for the day, that is until I hit that hot wall. Then I lose all my incentive and just do what is absolutely necessary. Even my flowers beds, although well watered, droop and appear as if they are searching for an oasis in the middle of a desert. The predictions are that the heat will not break until the end of the week, so I guess we have no choice but to adapt.

The African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard honors Ralf Meshack Coleman, “Dean of Boston’s Black Theatre” and the first black director of WPA Theater Project (1935-1939), and Luella (Granny) Coleman whose vision created “Coleman Corners” on July 24, 2013.

One of the most anticipated events every summer is the Portuguese-American Feast which starts this Saturday, July 20, at 5 pm at the P-A Club. It continues on Sunday morning with the parade and carrying of the crown, on to the Sacred Heart Cemetery and then ending at the P-A club where the festivities continue with an auction, music, games, traditional Portuguese dancing, and much more.

The Annual Art Show and Sale, which includes acrylics, pastels, watercolors, and photography, takes place this Saturday, July 20, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, July 21, 1 to 5 pm, at the Douglas Peckham Studio. The studio is located at 56 Pennacook Avenue, Oak Bluffs, behind the Catholic Church.

The Oak Bluffs Library hosts author Sandy Leahy who will talk about his book “The Hibernating House,” a story of a house on the Vineyard that hibernates, on Friday, August 2, from 2 to 3 pm. Books also will be for sale.The library programs continue when on Friday, August 9, at 11 am, there will be a Hoopfest with Vineyard Hooper, Karen Tonneson who will lead a Hula Hoop and Craft party. Come celebrate the summer and make hoops!

The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs Annual Book Sale starts today at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. Hours are: Thursday, July 18, 10 am to 7 pm; Friday, July 19, 10 am to 4 pm; and Saturday, July 20, 10 am to 2 pm.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s 2013 Summer Festival opened this week. They are hoping to see you in either Edgartown or Chilmark to hear the acclaimed Harlem Quartet. Concerts are scheduled for Mondays, July 22 and August 19, at 8 pm at the Old Whaling Church, and Tuesdays, July 23 and August 20 at 8 pm at the Chilmark Community Center.

On Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10 at the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging, Herbert Foster will speak about Yiddish and Jive in Everyday Life. Foster will provide examples of Yiddish and Jive from TV, radio, movies books and newspapers, and every day discourse. Those attending Herb’s presentation will be expected to participate in either a Yiddish or Jive scavenger hunt or to take a Yiddish and Jive analogies test. In addition, Herb will also discuss 13-year-old Arvind V. Mahankali’s victory in the Scripps National Spelling Bee by spelling the Yiddish word knaidel and the resulting controversy.

Friederike and Jeremy Biggs invite you to a 2013 Summer Gala to benefit The Vineyard Playhouse at Blue Heron Farm, Chilmark, on Saturday, July 27, 6 to 8 pm. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be musical entertainment by Jeff Harnar, winner of the ’12 Noel Coward Foundation Cabaret Award. For further information please contact Kristina Kinsman Maynard at 508-560-4101 or kristina@vineyardplayhouse.org.

A few people who read the column online told me my email address is not listed at the top of the column. As my previous email address is not very reliable and I have received news that is outdated, please make sure you send items for the column to Meganislandmegan@comcast.net.

We send birthday smiles to Dianne Kenny who partied on the 15th and Livy Law Butler who celebrated the next day, Suzanne Metell on the 18th, Charlene Alley on the 22nd, and Aiden and Logan Araujo, and Richard Cage on the 24th.

Smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those in need of a healing smile.Enjoy your week.Peace.