Oak Bluffs


Well, our five-star rated fall season is definitely here. I was greeted by one of those beautiful red, sky on fire sunrises this Monday morning. Somewhere in the back of my head, though, ran that saying “red sky at morning, sailors take warning.” Let’s see how the day progressed.

Busy times for me last week. On Friday my cousins Jodi Gordon and her sister Judy, both from the Cape, and Garry Warren from Rochester, N.Y., came for the day. Judy and Gary had not been here for at least 40 years so as you can imagine they were astonished at the many changes. As I took them for a tour through Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven, one thing that made a great impression on them was the many gardens and flowers in front of stores and homes indicating the pride some take in their property and town.

The Tisbury Travel Club has a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston planned for Friday, November 1. Those interested should call 508-696-4205 to register, Monday–Friday.

There will be a free Health Fair open to the public on Monday, September 23, from 4 to 6 pm at the Tisbury Senior Center. There will be many health care providers present with lots of information for those who attend and also refreshments and giveaways. For info, call 508-696-4205.

Renaissance House, a retreat for writers in Oak Bluffs, will celebrate its 12th year by hosting the fall session of the Renaissance House Salon Series during September and October. The series will take place on Tuesday nights. Island writers leading the series are Tom Dresser September 17, at 7:30 pm, Belle Hooks (still to be confirmed) on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 pm, and Priscilla Douglas on Tuesday, October 1, at 7:30 pm.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum will hold the 12th annual Ceremony of Remembrance at the Edgartown Lighthouse Children’s Memorial on Saturday, September 21, at 1 pm — rain date September 28. The memorial has grown to include the names of 615 children who have died. This is a celebration and families and friends are encouraged to come, spend some time, and enjoy music and fellowship. Refreshments will be provided by the Harbor View Hotel. If a decision to postpone the ceremony is necessary, there will be a recorded message on the Museum phone by 5 pm on Friday, September 20. Stones may be purchased for $250 by contacting Betsey Mayhew at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, bmayhew@mvmuseum.org, or by calling the Museum at 508-627-4441, ext. 112.

Oak Bluffs School kicks off its first PTO meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 7 pm in the school library. This year is a transition for some of the board members. If you have thoughts of being more involved, please call Teri Arias, PTO president, at 508-560-3351. She will be happy to discuss the positions available and answer any questions.

The Camp Alton Jones pre-trip meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17 from 1:30 to 2:30 in Jean Holenko’s room (#230). At this meeting a representative from Camp Alton Jones does a presentation about the camp for the students. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend. Deposits are due for the trip ASAP.

Don’t miss the back to School cookout on Friday, September 27, at 5 pm at the back playground. The rain date is September 28.

There was a time when there was no Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. There are a few of us still around who graduated from Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, or Tisbury High School. Many of us attended our 60th high school reunion on Saturday last at Farm Neck Cafe. Former high school rivalries, which were fierce at times, were forgotten at a social hour, where everyone mingled, preceding the luncheon. Then we each went to our designated town tables, where with some laughter, a few spouses separated and went to different tables as they had attended different town schools and dared to have married someone from a rival town. A moment of silence was held for deceased class members. It was agreed that 60 years went by too quickly and we all did not look a bit different or had improved with age. Much laughter, conversation, and love was exchanged by those present but we thought it best not to wait another 10 years to hold another reunion.

We send birthday smiles to Ronnie Klein on September 19, Corey and Amber Medeiros on the 20th, Ruth Metell and Ruth Van Brakle on the 21st, Alice June Thompson on the 22nd, Ken Davey and Annabelle Metell on the 24th and Dustin Shaw on the 25th.

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

Enjoy your week.