Oak Bluffs


Every year I say, there have to be more people here than ever before and I shall say it again, but this time with an addition. There have to be more people here with no common sense than ever before. I have seen cars, racing down the streets, narrowly missing pedestrians as they are crossing on crosswalks, people tooting their car horns behind me while I was in the line waiting for the drawbridge to be lowered, shoving, bumping and impatiently awaiting their turn in stores, etc. Why does everyone want to be first? Sometimes it is difficult to be nicer than you really are for more than five minutes, but let’s try a bit harder.

Never a dull moment at our library. On Saturday, August 31, at 1:30 pm, there will be a documentary movie, “Two Who Dared,” the story of a rescue during the Holocaust. Two Americans left Massachusetts and risked their lives to feed, shelter, and rescue refugees.

Consumer Reports: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know will be a program on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6 pm where you will be able to meet Jim Guest, President and CEO of Consumer Reports.

A regular Friday weekly event will be the Stuffed Animal Storytime starting on Friday, Sept. 6, through October 25 at 10:30 am. Bring your favorite stuffed animal. Milk and cookies. Age 2 and up.

Saturday Game Day for Kids of all Ages, on Sept. 7 at 10:30 am. This program will be ongoing thereafter on Saturdays. Come play chess and board games with your friends every Saturday morning.

Freaky Friday Teen Crafts, Friday, Sept. 13, 3:30 pm. DIY scary crafts for teens. Family Pizza and Movie Nights are on Thursdays, Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 21, Dec.19, 5:30 to 8 pm. Enjoy pizza and a movie with your family and library friends. Bring a side dish to share.

Friends and loved ones of Natalie Ellen Dickerson are invited to a celebration of her life on Sunday, September 1, from 12 noon to 2 pm at MVTV, the Martha’s Vineyard Community Television station, at 58 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road.

My home on Alpine, slowed down traffic a bit on Sunday, as Mike James Dickson celebrated his fourth birthday with a great party given by his mom, Melanie, and my grandson Matt. There were aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, great grandparents, friends, two dogs, a tiger bounce house. I bought Denny from Windemere to enjoy an hour with his family. The highlight of the day was when Matt’s mom, my daughter Kati, and Matt did cannonballs in the wading pool, sending water high over the neighborhood.

The Friday Morning Conversations program on September 13, at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center from 10 am to 11:30 am, will have as their guest speaker, Herb Foster, Professor Emeritus, SUNY/Buffalo. His presentation will highlight the reasons for the disproportionate referrals of black males in special education and their being seen as a discipline problem in relation to schools of education, and as noted in his book “Ribbin’, Jivin’, and Playin, the Dozens.” Herb has promised time for questions.

The end of the season has come for the Wednesday Night suppers at the United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard in Oak Bluffs. They thank everyone for their support during this season, and hope to see you all next year.

Save Sunday Evening, Sept. 1, at 6:30 pm. For an evening of music. Enjoy wine, appetizers, sunset over the Lagoon, and the music of the Long Point 5 at the home of Jim and Pam Butterick at 359 Barnes Rd. A donation of any amount may be made to The Federated Church Organ/Music Program and/or Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard. Questions, call 508-693-6871.

We send birthday smiles to Anne Lemenager who celebrated on the 28th, Liz Wilson today, Pam Melrose on the the 30th,Nancy Giordano, Sean Flynn share the 1stt, Tony Ferreira on September 1, Ed BenDavid Sr. , Evelyn Christopher, and Valarie O’Donnell on the 2nd. And let’s give Robert Pacheco the day off from Reliable Market on the 3rd to celebrate his day. Smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those in need of a healing smile.

Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend.