Oak Bluffs: Spring happenings


Time is moving so very quickly. It seems like only a few weeks ago everyone was combing the stores for ice melt and now the top items on our shopping lists are fertilizer, seeds and rakes. The sulky image of winter seems to be over and we greet the warmer weather of mid April like an old friend that has been gone so long we have forgotten the warmth and sunny countenance of her face. We just hope she stays for a longer visit this time. But just as the weather has become more attractive many Islanders are off on vacation this week during the school break. Among those enjoying the scenery in England with the MVRHS lacrosse team is Emily deBettencourt. What a wonderful opportunity these class trips offer to the students. Our world has opened up broader horizons.

Doesn’t an Old Fashioned Sunday Chicken Dinner sound tempting? Next Sunday, April 27, you can enjoy fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, sides and assorted desserts at Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven. You may eat in or take out and enjoy dinner from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm This is a fundraiser for the Church Furnace Fund. There will be live music and the cost of tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children under 12. For more info or advance orders, please call 508-693-0332.

Movie Night at our Oak Bluffs Library will be on Thursday, May 1, at 6 pm. This is a documentary true story of a small town with a big sound. As usual refreshments will be served.

The children’s storytime hour summer schedule at the library will remain consistent throughout the summer. Wednesdays at 10:30 am will be Ring-A-Ding storytime with Zoe and children of all ages are welcome. Book Babies storytime with Zoe for ages 3 months to 22 months will be held on Thursdays at 10:30 am. Children aged 2 and up may bring their favorite stuffed animal on Fridays at 10:30 am for the stuffed animal storytime with Zoe. Storytime Lab on Wednesday at 10:30 am has been shelved for the summer.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will present an Alzheimer’s forum and panel discussion on April 25 from 9:30 am until 12 noon at the Hebrew Center. Among the four presenters will be John Zeisel, PH.D, Suzanne Faith, RN psych, Nancy Langman, RN MS MPH DNP and Eileen Murphy, the M.V. Center for Living Supportive Day Program Supervisor. Call 508-939-9440 to register and for more information.

The schools are not in session this week as it is the annual April vacation, but there are a lot of events coming up that you should be aware of. The middle school report cards for grades 5 through 8 have been mailed and if you did not receive one for your student, contact Mr. Dorr at the school. Next Wednesday, April 30, there will be a meeting for parents of incoming kindergarten students. The meeting will take place in the school library from 6 to 7 pm. This will be a great opportunity to get some valuable information on what you and your child can expect in kindergarten next September.

Neighbor Kay Manning had many family relatives join her for Easter this year. Coming from Bridgewater were grandson Ryan Cobb with his wife, Kelley Cobb, and their three children, Taylor, Isabella, and Cameron. She was also joined by granddaughter Caitlin Goodhile and her children, Maddy and Zachary. Completing this family gathering was Kay’s son Rick. Kay and I agreed that we are so fortunate to have family who enjoy spending time with us.

We send birthday smiles to James Moreis Jr. on April 24, Donna Pacheco, Andy Farrissey, and Lorraine Clark on the 25th, Patrick Garrett the next day, Janet Morris, Melanie Dickson, and Tabatha Clark on the 28th, and Aaron Campos on the 29th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.