A smorgasbord from Oak Bluffs

The sunny yellow blossoms on the forsythia bushes and the new red hummingbird feeder have attracted a great many birds, and for the first time in many years a beautiful Oriole has been flitting, about adding another color to my view. Now everyone is busy sprucing up their yards and planting flowers and vegetables in hopes of a harvest of beauty and food. Here is a good site for purchasing seedlings and plants at great prices. The horticulture class at MVRHS will be holding their annual plant sale starting May 15 and running through May 23. The hours for the sale are 8 am to 2 pm. You will be very pleased and satisfied with the quality of your plants.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society’s annual spring concert will take place at the Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven on May 24. This concert is in celebration of National Chamber Music during the month of May. The concert will be held at 4 pm, and tickets may be bought at the door.

The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group will hold its “Evening Under the Stars” on Thursday, May 15, at Farm Neck from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. There will be a buffet dinner, drinks and dessert with music by Mike Benjamin. The MVCSG raises money to help island cancer patients and their families with the various costs of their treatment and every penny raised stays here to help those who need it most. Tickets are $100. For more info, please call AnneMarie Donahue at 508-627-7958.

Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy and the Martha’s Vineyard Museum have teamed up with Arcadia Publishing to create “Martha’s Vineyard,” a new pictorial history celebrating the rich history of the Island.

The book includes 220 photos from the museum’s extensive photograph collection that illustrate various aspects of the history of the Island. This collection, donated through the generosity of Islanders and visitors over the course of almost a century, provides a record of the Vineyard from the 1840s to the 1970s. Many of them have never been published before. Bonnie Stacy will talk about the book and share images from it at the launch on Tuesday, May 13, at 5:30 pm in the museum library. Admission is free to all, however donations are encouraged. “Martha’s Vineyard” is available in the museum’s gift shop for $26.99.

Two great programs coming up this month at our Oak Bluffs library. A TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk, “Redefining Success,” will be held Wednesday, May 14, at 12:30 pm. Come listen to a moderated discussion based on the popular TED talks series. Lunch will be served.Then on Tuesday, May 20, at 6:30 pm there will be a talk by authors Tom Dresser, Herb Foster, and Jay Schofield as they discuss their new book and how the tight-knit community of Martha’s Vineyard was changed by WWII.

The Mother’s Day Craft program at our library will be on Saturday, May 10, 10:30 am. Children ages 2 and up can participate in making a special gift for mom. Butterfly Release activity will take place on Tuesday, May 13, at 4 pm and will also include crafts. And on Saturday, May 24, at 11 am come and celebrate spring with a seed-planting craft for kids age 2 and up with supervision.

Would you believe a luau at our library? Well there will be one on Friday, May 16, from 6 to 8 pm. It will include a pig roast, hula and costume contests, ukulele band, making of leis, photo booth, and more. This event is for adults only. Donations accepted at the door. Children will have their own luau on Saturday, May 17, at 11 am. There will be hula dancing and crafts for children, but don’t forget that adult supervision is required for this program. Both programs are free.

We send birthday smiles to grandson Marques Rivers and Marguerite Cook on May 19, Olympia Hall, and Preston Michael Averill on the 11th, Marion Cardoza and Mary Beth Grande Naron on the 12th, Olivia Lew the next day, and Steve Garvin on the 14th. Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Nora and Gary Jardin on May 10.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

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