What a busy week as Illumination Night in the Tabernacle, the Fair, and the Oak Bluffs fireworks are all competing for our attention. Not only that but vacationing President Obama is also attracting our attention, as at any time his motorcade can suddenly swoop through, bringing traffic to a halt and we are left wondering if that was really him. Hopefully our current wonderful weather will last through the President's stay with us and people will allow him to enjoy a brief time of relaxation. However I have been left stunned many times this summer by the blatant rudeness of some of the customers in stores as I have been pushed, shouldered aside, and if I offered an " excuse me" was completely ignored. But then, just when I think it's hopeless, someone would hold a door open for me or apologize for bumping me, etc. so I guess I can make it through to the end of this very busy, overcrowded season.
Fine Artist Bettie Eubanks was among a select group of featured artists exhibiting at the Harlem Fine Arts Show and on Saturday, August 17, she will be doing a showing and sale of her paintings of "just flowers." The reception is 4–6 pm at the Dockside Inn across from the Flying Horses. The public is invited. All of the paintings for this show will be of flowers in celebration of love and life.
The summer concert season for the M.V. Chamber Music Society draws to a close on Monday and Tuesday, August 19 and 20, with popular Broadway tunes performed by the talented Infinity Brass Quintet. There will be an Open Rehearsal before the concerts on Monday morning, Aug. 19, at 11 am at the Old Whaling Church to hear the Quintet prepare for the performance of music by Bernstein, Ellington, and Gershwin. Open Rehearsal admission is free. Tickets for the evening concerts will be for sale at the Open Rehearsal as well as at the door on the evening of the concerts. $35 for adults and $30 on presentation of an Island Club card. Students admitted free, as always!
According to the West Tisbury Library, "Mother Goose on the Loose" is still alive and well while they are in their temporary space. Here is a reminder that Nelia and Amy will be reading to children age 0-3 at two locations on the Island. On the following Thursdays at 10:30 am: Aug. 22, Sept. 5, and Sept. 19, story time will be at the Oak Bluffs Library. On Thursdays Aug. 15, Aug. 29, and Sept. 12, story time will be at the Vineyard Haven Library.
Congratulations to my grandson Jeremy Alley-Tarter who came in ninth in the Chilmark road race with a time of 17:24.64.
Former Oak Bluffs resident Kristen Anderson has been visiting with her parents Bill and Maureen Anderson. Kristen's son, Ian Thompson, has been working at his grandfather Bill's bike rental shop all summer, but now he and his mother have returned to their home in Florida. Kristen recently completed her course work at Barry University in Florida and is now a PhD candidate.
We send birthday smiles to Russ MacDonald on August 18, Becky Rogers and my son Dion Alley on the 19th, Marilyn Wey on August 20th, and Tony Ratcliff on the 21st.
We will remember Jenna Pothier with a smile on August 17.
Enjoy your week.