Here is a comic premise that Jimmy Tingle, the new guest auctioneer for the Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction can appreciate.
Clarence “Trip” Barnes, one of the most vocal and passionate opponents of the Roundabout project, which riled Vineyard residents, town governments, and local regulators for years, will step up to the microphone Sunday to auction off the old “Blinker” light that stood guard over the four-way intersection until the Roundabout opened to traffic this spring.
That should draw some yuks.
“It was Trip Barnes who thought it would be a great idea,” auction committee chairman Sandra Pimentel said. “A lot of people are laughing about it.”
Oak Bluffs selectmen declared the traffic signal surplus property earlier this year, then voted to donate it to the auction.
The Blinker, atop its chipped and rusted yellow pole, is still in good working condition and, with a little electrical ingenuity, could be wired to work .
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) hopes a perfect storm of irony, nostalgia, and notoriety will fetch a substantial price for the relic.
MVCS raises funds through the auction to operate programs that help more than 6,000 Island residents each year.
There are lots of other Possible Dreams up for bid Sunday, July 28, at the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Edgartown. Admission is $25, and doors open at 3:45 pm. A silent auction begins at 4 pm, and the main event gets started at 5 pm.