Oak Bluffs: Cottage City of Flowers


Every once in a while, someone proposes that the Town name should be changed back to Cottage City. Well, after taking a mini-tour around our Town, I think it should be changed to Cottage City of Flowers.

Flowering shrubs and garden snow lead your way to town by the bulkhead and across the street in front of the Wesley House and further along the banks on that side. Then Farland Square is a center of a beautiful multi-colored flowers. Driving up Circuit Avenue, kudos to another store owner as Fat Ronnie’s now boasts a new look with a most flattering color of new paint. All along the Avenue, including the David Healey Mall, flowers bring joy to everyone. Outside the downtown area, the P-A Club has landscaped the roadside in front of the Club. Shrubs, plantings and flowers now present an attractive site for passersby.

Cathy and Mark Peters are very proud of their granddaughter, Arrianna Peters. Arrianna was one of four freshmen to be chosen to be in the Minnesingers this year. I am sure with her beautiful voice she is an asset  to the group.

Here is a reminder for all Island artists that the annual All Island Art Show will be held on Monday, August 4, at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs.

If you would like to take a break from cooking, there will be a homemade chicken dinner at the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven on July 26 at 5:30 pm.  The dinner includes the complete meal with beverage and dessert. Take-out is available and tickets are $12. For more info, call 508-693-1539.

The Island Autism Group is hosting their 8th annual fundraiser on Wednesday, July 30, from 3 to 5 pm, at The Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown. Admission is free, however donations are welcome. There will be a raffle and auction as well as light refreshments served. For further information please contact Marcy Bettencourt 508-693-2106.

On July 29, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center and the West Tisbury Library Foundation will present a showing of “One fast move or I’m gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur” at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. The movie examines Jack Kerouac’s escape from post “On The Road” fame to a cabin on the California coast, where his existential struggles became the basis of another novel, “Big Sur.” There will also be special live readings about Kerouac’s Big Sur by radio personality, author, and filmmaker Arnie Riesman and television and radio personality Paula Lyons. All the proceeds will go toward landscaping and protecting the environment around the new West Tisbury Library and to the MVFS.

Our own Oak Bluffs Library will be hosting a talk about education in Nepal on Thursday, July 31, at 10:30 am. Then, that same day at 3 pm, come and enjoy an ice cream social and Vineyard Sound concert.

Friends and relatives of Patricia Costa are mourning her unexpected death this week.  Patricia was a longtime treasurer for the Town of Oak Bluffs. She was a very public-minded person and in her quiet but firm way, a true leader. After retirement she worked as a substitute teacher at both the Oak Bluffs and Edgartown schools, where she was greatly respected. We remember her as so dependable and who could forget her many trademark fabulous hats? She was a true lady and will be missed by so many people and all those she befriended.

We send birthday smiles to Paul Robinson on the 26th, Travis Bernard, Rachel Barrett Perry, and Denise Alwardt on July 30, and Bernie Crossland on the July 31. And belated birthday wishes to Alison Rose Wilson who turned the big 30 on July 20.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

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