Oak Bluffs: Outside activities

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At last the grass is turning green and we are getting more than two hours of sunshine each day. The boat line is still suffering with breakdowns, which are affecting hundreds of travelers, and we seem to be helpless and stunned while administration seems unable to come up with answers. But a thank-you to our SSA representative, Mark Hanover, as he pushes relentlessly for answers from the powers that be.

On a brighter note, this Sunday, May 13, is Mother’s Day. There are many different kinds of mothers: birth mothers, stepmothers, godmothers, and adoptive mothers, just to name a few. Some children are raised by aunts, grandmothers, or others who step in place for mothers who for one reason or another are unable to raise their children. I was blessed to become a mother of three because of the unselfish love of three women who let their children go to another home when they were unable to care for them. My own mother was a teaching presence in my life, not through lectures and instructions, but through her quiet examples of truth, patience, and wisdom. I learned responsibility, fairness, honesty, and tolerance by her examples. I lost her at age 73 from ALS, but not her love and lessons. My friends and I now speak of all the happy memories that our moms left us, and their lessons that we have hopefully passed on to our children.

It seems impossible, but three young men we have known since grade school are graduating from college this weekend. Mike Marchand is graduating from Providence College, Clifton Paul Robinson from Bridgewater, and my grandson Jeremy Alley-Tarter is graduating from Assumption College. They and their parents should be congratulated for this major achievement in their lives. We wish you all a bright future and happiness wherever life takes you.

Our focus may be on the spring weather outside that now permits more outside activities, but our Oak Bluffs library still offers programs for children and adults. Two upcoming events for children are the Mother’s Day Craft on Saturday, May 12, from 10 to 11:30 am. Celebrate moms by making a colorful, three-dimensional card, and add your own thoughtful ideas to this special craft. Another Stuffed Animal Sleepover adventure will take place on Friday, May 18, from 3 to 4:30 pm at the library, when you can drop off your stuffed animal for a sleepover. Return for breakfast the next morning, May 19, from 10 to 11 am, watch a slideshow of the animals’ nighttime adventures, and pick up your stuffy to take home.

You can enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee, usually with pastry, at the library on Wednesdays at 10 am, sponsored by Tony’s Market.

The offsite Game Nights, sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Bluffs Library, take place on Mondays at 7:30 pm on the second floor of the Barn. All gamers are welcome to drop in and play their own games or those available at the site.

Evening Under the Stars, the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group’s annual fundraising gala, will take place on Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Farm Neck. The evening features a buffet dinner, silent auction, music by Mike Benjamin, and a cash bar. All proceeds from this event go directly to the group’s mission of helping Island cancer patients and their families with medical expenses and other treatment-related expenses. To purchase tickets or for further information, please call AnnMarie Donahue at 508-627-7958.

On Sunday, May 20, at 11:20 am, there will be a dedication at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven at the 28th site on the African American Heritage Trail. This dedication will be in honor of Episcopal pioneers the Rev. Absalom Jones, the Right Rev. John Burgess, and Alan Crite, liturgical artist. All are welcome at this dedication.

We send birthday smiles to Olympia Hall and Preston Averill on May 11, Mary Beth Naron on May 12, and a huge smile to Marion Cardoza, who turns an amazing 97 on the same day. Smiles to Olivia Lew on the 13th, and Steve Garvin on May 14.

Enjoy your week. Peace.