Oak Bluffs: Islanders Write, Vinyasa Flow at the library, and cottage tours

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Have you driven by the old Oak Bluffs basketball court down at Niantic Park lately? Well, it was there one day and gone the next, but is slowly being rebuilt. The center of summer activity for Oak Bluffs youth needs some help to be completed. The original courts were built many years ago, at least 35. Led by the director of recreation at the time, Dan MacCarthy, and with sweat equity by numerous volunteers including the Fire Department and the cooperation of the Park Department, it was completed in one summer, and was the answer to keeping hundreds of young people involved in safe and healthy activities through many summers. But now donations are needed to complete the renovations for the basketball and tennis courts. You may send donations to the Town of Oak Bluffs Niantic Park Fund, P.O. Box 1327, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

If you think Oak Bluffs is only a summer playground, take a look at all the other events coming up in August.

Islanders Write is coming back. Organized by MVTimes Contributing Editor and Oak Bluffs resident Kate Feiffer, you can catch it on Monday, August 10, at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury; the first panel begins at 8 am and the last one at 4 pm. The day features workshops, panel discussions about writing, author signings, and much more (including food by Rosewater Market). It’s free and open to the public, and features an outstanding cast of Vineyard year-round and seasonal residents and visitors. For more information, visit IslandersWrite.com.

Our Oak Bluffs library will host Vinyasa Flow Open Level Yoga on Tuesday, August 11, and Thursday, August 13, at 10:30 am. Yuliana Kim-Grant will lead this class. Please bring a mat if you can. An author’s talk by La Shonda Barnett will take place on Thursday, August 13, at 6:30 pm. Her historical novel, “Jam on the Vine,” is about a black woman who launches a newspaper in the Jim Crow Midwest. Storytime in the Park is every Tuesday through August 25 at 10 am in Hartford Park, Oak Bluffs. Come join Miss Sondra for songs and stories outside. Canceled in inclement weather. Meet your local heroes on Thursday, August 6, from 10 to 11 am at the library, where you will be able to explore a fire truck, a police car, and more. And for great fun, you are invited to bring your stuffed animal to the Stuffed Animal Camp-Out on Friday, August 7, to Saturday, August 8. On Friday between 10 am and 2 pm, drop off your favorite stuffed animal for an all-night adventure in the library! Join them for breakfast the next morning at 10:30 am to hear all about their wild time.

Brad Reedy, Ph.D., LMFT, owner and clinical director of Evoke Therapy Programs, will be visiting the Island to give a presentation on “Raising Resilient Children” on Tuesday, August 11, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School library. The Island Wide Youth Collaborative (IWYC) is sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public. You will also have an opportunity to purchase Dr. Reedy’s newest book, as he will hold a book signing for “The Journey of the Heroic Parent: Your Child’s Struggles and the Road Home,” which will be available for sale at the event.

The Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Thrift Shop, Chicken Alley, kicks off its Collectables Sale weekend with a fashion show and boutique sale on Friday, August 14, from 5 to 8 pm at the Thrift Shop. The event also includes the screening of the film “Traceable,” free of charge, at 4 pm at the Capawock Theater in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, August 15. The Big Art Show and Sale is Sunday, August 16, from 1 to 5 pm at the Thrift Shop.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is holding its annual meeting, highlighted by the 2015 Martha’s Vineyard Medal award ceremony on Monday, August 10, at 5 pm. The meeting will be held at the former Marine Hospital in Vineyard Haven. This year’s recipients include Pat Gregory (posthumously), Patricia Morgan, and Cynthia Riggs. The medal is awarded annually to leaders in the community in recognition of their outstanding commitment to preserving the history, arts, and culture of the Island.

Curious about those gingerbread cottages in the Campground? Well, mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 12, when the Martha’s Vineyard Camp-Meeting Association proudly presents the 20th annual Gingerbread Cottage Tour. The tour runs from 10 am to 3 pm, with the last ticket sold at 2 pm. Tickets are $25, and proceeds benefit the Tabernacle Fund. The tour includes visits inside six cottages, admission to the Cottage Museum, and delicious desserts, finger sandwiches, and punch. You may purchase tickets in advance at mvcma.org, or on the day of the tour at the Tabernacle.

Remember, if you get a yearning for lobster rolls on Tuesdays, you can purchase them at the American Legion Hall in Vineyard Haven. They start selling at 4:30 pm until 7 pm, and there is always plenty of parking.

We send birthday smiles to Ben deBettencourt on August 7, Ken Debettencourt and Bob Gatchell on the 8th, Oak Bluffs Fire Department Fire/EMS Chief John Rose on August 9, Danielle Sedlier and Sarah Trudel on the 10th, my daughter Kati Alley and Deb Hammett on the 11th, Terry McCarthy and Richard Mello III on August 12th, and Nelson Oliver and Shaun DePriest on the 13th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.