Oak Bluffs looks forward to Feast of the Holy Ghost


In spite of a near miss by a hurricane, the majority of the weather for last weekend’s 4th of July celebrations made for a warm, sunny time for parades, fireworks, and beach outings. Some rescheduling was necessary, but it seemed as if most people were able to fulfill their holiday plans. Traffic, however was brutal, resulting, at least for me, in deciding I actually didn’t need to go to the store anyway. Now look forward to the next big happening: the Feast of the Holy Ghost on the weekend of July 19 and 20.

Condolences to the family of Alexandro Garcia who was the victim of a fatal motor vehicle accident last week. We send sincere sympathy to his family and friends and all who were involved in this tragic incident.

David Crohan will be giving a concert at the Tabernacle on Sunday, July 13. The concert starts at 7 pm and is a benefit for Island Elderly Housing and the M.V. Cancer Support Group. What could be better than enjoying a wonderful piano concert and supporting two worthy organizations?

Come and learn something at the Friday Morning Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. On Friday, July 18, from 10 to 11:30 am, the guest speaker will be Joe Vera. Joe will discuss some unusual and less-known aspects of Oak Bluffs history.

Poet Brooks Robards, who is a summer resident at Samoset Ave., and Hermine Hull have collaborated on a book, “On-Island: Poems and Paintings of Martha’s Vineyard.” The Poems are by Brooks and paintings by Hermine. They will be scheduling readings in many venues throughout the summer. It is available at bookstores and at their signings. Nancy Cramer will have copies for sale, and they will also be available at Hermine Merel Smith Fine Art on Edgartown Road in West Tisbury.

The Summer Concert Festival for the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, opens on Monday, July 14, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown with a second performance at the Chilmark Community Center on Tuesday, July 15. All Summer concerts start at 8 pm. Subsequent concerts will be held on the following Mondays and Tuesdays at the Old Whaling Church and Chilmark Community Center respectively: July 21/22, August 4/5, August 11/12 and August 18/19.

Seastreak is offering several discounted trips off the Island, specifically geared toward Island residents, but certainly open to all. On Friday, June 18, is a trip to Foxwoods and on Friday, June 25, a trip to Six Flags New England. Every day there is an Adventure Pass to New Bedford which includes roundtrip ferry, lunch discounts, and admission to any two New Bedford area attractions. For more details, call 1-800-262-8743 or visit seastreak.com

We send birthday smiles to Hope deBettencourt, Fronzie Conlin and Josh Corrrellus on July 10. Colleen Farrissey on the 11th, Lauren Vikota and Jeff Labell on the 13th, David deBettencourt on the 14th, Dianne Kenney and my grandson Nick Rivers on the 15th, and Sophie Combra and Olivia Law Butler on the 16th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.