Oak Bluffs: Car free living

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As we say farewell to July, I am wishing for more rain and more patience. The lawns and flowers are struggling to look fresh and new, and I think I have spent way too much time looking in amazement at how drivers decide to navigate the four-way stop near the new fire station. We have the undecided drivers who just wait, looking as if they are waiting for the (nonexistent) traffic light to turn green. Then the drivers who decide that they will just follow the car in front of them right through the intersection. I can’t decide if my favorite is the driver who slides through making a turn as he is texting on his cell phone or the ones who attempt give you a fierce stare as they boldly proceed whenever they want to. Here is a brief lesson. When you come to a four-way stop, the driver to the immediate right of the last car to go through the intersection, is the next one to go through — and so it continues round and round. Let’s see if this helps.

The Tuesdays at Twilight Concert program continues on August 4 with a concert at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury featuring the band Good Night Louise. The concert is sponsored by the West Tisbury Library Foundation, and all proceeds go the West Tisbury Free Public Library. Doors will open at 7 pm, and the concert will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the West Tisbury Free Public Library and at Tisberry Fro Yo, just off Main Street in Vineyard Haven. Tickets are $15 for adults and half-price for kids 12 and under. Limit of six tickets per person. The Art Cliff Diner food truck will serve dinner from 6 to 8 pm on the Grange grounds, and Tisberry Fro Yo will be for sale after the show.

Just a reminder about the Yard Sale to benefit Good Shepherd Parish Saturday, August 1, from 8 am to 2 pm at St. Augustine’s Church parking lot in Vineyard Haven.

The program at our Oak Bluffs library on Tuesday, August 4, is Acting for Teens, from 11 am to 12:30 pm. Kate Hancock and Anna Marie D’Addarie will lead the workshop, which will include acting, speech, scene work, Shakespeare, and more. This program is for ages 10 to 14 years. Space is limited to 10 actors. A live performance from the summer acting workshops follows at 1 pm. This is a free program.

Bijan Bayne will give an author’s talk at the Library on Wednesday, August 12, at 11 am. The subject, which will be of interest to many, is “Martha’s Vineyard Basketball: How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race and Class.” In an era of ’50s segregation, and ’60s and ’70s uprisings, Vineyard basketball brought people together. This also is a free program.

Think you can’t live without a car? Well, you will think again after listening to Holly Nadler as she leads a panel discussion about car-free living. Also on the panel are Cheryl Burnes, Paul Mohair, David Whitmon, and Jessica Harris. The discussion will be on Thursday, August 6, at 6 pm at our library.

The eighth annual Federated Church House Tour will be on Tuesday, August 11, starting at 1 pm at the Federated Meetinghouse, Edgartown. There will be a free lecture by historian Mary Jane Carpenter about the beautiful and historic North Water Street homes that are included in the tour. The tour runs from 2 to 4:30 pm, with refreshments served for the duration on a lawn overlooking Edgartown Harbor and the Chappy Ferry. Tickets are $40, and are available the day of the tour at the Meetinghouse. Proceeds benefit the ongoing preservation of the 1828 Federated Church Meetinghouse.

Ice and Flow, a Stina Sayre Design fashion show and fall preview, will be to benefit Friends of Family Planning of Martha’s Vineyard. The show will be held on Tuesday, August 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Stina Sayre Design in Edgartown. As the Friends of Family Planning are in the middle of their capital campaign to pay off their mortgage, Ms. Sayre will donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the organization. For questions, please call 508-627-7077.

We send birthday smiles to Sophia McGroarty Sampaio and Garrett Brown on August 1, Nancy Gardella on the 3rd, and Tricia Bergeron on August 4. Susan Klein and Alison Reynolds share the 5th..

And smiles to Evamae Magee on August 6.

Enjoy your week. Peace.