Oak Bluffs

Another season starts on our beautiful Island and I am not talking about fall. It is fishing season. The Bass Derby is in full swing resulting in many people disappearing for hours as they head to their secret spots in pursuit of a fish. Now that is a healthy, harmless pastime that sometimes even results in a rewarding catch or at the very least, a delicious meal.

Take a deep breath and see all the events already scheduled at the Oak Bluffs School: September 21, Track Meet at MVRHS at 3:30 pm, September 27, PTO BBQ from 5 to 7 pm, and October 3, picture day.

The Oak Bluffs School Advisory Council’s present membership includes staff members Richie Smith, Anne Davey, and Deborah Hammett; parents Michael Hoyt, Joe Jims, Bridget Mello, and Maya Moran; and community members John Cummings and Pam Melrose. The Council is seeking an additional parent representative, beginning this year for a three-year term. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the school at 4 pm. Anyone who wishes to join the school advisory Council may call principal Richie Smith at 508-693-0951, or email Richard_smith@mvyps.org to announce your intentions to run for this position or with any questions regarding the vacancy. Elections for this position will be held during an upcoming scheduled PTO Meeting.

New Bedford will be celebrating its 10th Annual Working Waterfront Festival on September 28 and 29. The Working Waterfront Festival has developed into an educational and fun event for adults and families alike. A schedule of events and more information can be found at http://www.workingwaterfrontfestival.com. Seastreak is offering a half-price roundtrip fare on both days for Islanders. And, for families, children 12 and under ride free. Everything is within very easy walking distance of the State Pier where they dock. Seastreak is also offering a $34 roundtrip fare for all passengers to and from the Island on Whacky Wednesdays for the remainder of the 2013 season, as well as a $34 roundtrip fare for senior citizens on Take a Ride Tuesdays.

Featherstone Center for the Arts presents the 3rd Annual Artists Studio Tour on Saturday, September 28, from 10 to 4 pm. Tickets are $30 which allows guests to visit 16 artists who will open their studios and showcase their artwork. Tickets may be purchased by calling Featherstone at 508-693-1850.

Opening night for the 10th annual Living Local Harvest Festival is at 6 pm at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury on Friday at 6 pm. The event will kick off with storyteller Susan Klein moderating a talk with Islanders,David Tilton, Rosalie Powell, Anna Edey and Gus Ben David. Desert and coffee will be served. The Festival will continue on Saturday, October 5, from 10 am to 3 pm. This will be a full day packed with fun and education activities for the whole family with all events free. The finale to this event will be the community potluck supper from 6 to 10 pm at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury.

We send birthday smiles to Anne Metell on the 24th and Susie Wallo on the 26th. Dennis Rose, Lauren Metell, and Keilla Geddis share the 27th. Martin Moreis, Raymond Dahill, and Zachary Mathias celebrate on the 28th. Smiles to Grace Vanderhoop, Elyse Madeiras on October 2, and Will deBettencourt IV and Marc Hanover on October 3.

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

Enjoy your week.

Peace