Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley - August 10, 2006

When the bird songs woke me early on Monday with their announcing of dawn approaching, I hesitated a moment, holding my breath to see if I could perceive if it was going to be another hot and humid day. Sure enough, the cicadas were "revving" up their engines - a sure sign of another humid day. The sun was swiftly rising, casting its red glow through the rolling clouds like a pink light shining from behind crumpled cellophane. Summer is still here.

Robert Iadicicco will be the featured speaker at the Friday Conversations program at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on August 11. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 am and Robert will speak about the 70-year effort to record every known English language word into the Oxford English Dictionary.

The Martha's Vineyard Film Society will be presenting a special treat on August 15 at the Tabernacle in the Campground. Along with the showing of the Errol Flynn pirate movie "The Sea Hawk," the film society is joining forces with the Oak Bluffs Association and several of its members to offer a Treasure Hunt of sorts. They are going to be hiding the "booty" (gift certificates and a full access festival pass to the International Film Festival) in the Tabernacle for patrons to find. Participating Oak Bluffs merchants are: Abode, Ben & Bills, B-Strong, Body Art & Jewelry, Craftworks, The Game Room, Trader Jack's, and Vineyard Lights. The film starts at 8 pm.

Oak Bluffs residents might find some interest in the part of Linsey Lee's film "Vineyard Voices - American Stories" on Saturday, August 12 at the Katharine Cornell Theatre, introducing Dean Denniston, Sr., the 91-year-old son of the first African-American minister on the Island.

We send birthday smiles to my daughter Kati Alley and Deborah Hammett on August 11, Heather Hill on August 13 and Caroline Dowd on August 17.

How could we have omitted three very important guests from the list of those attending John Cummings 40th birthday party. Of course his three children Conor, Jack, and Camille were present at this celebration given by his wife Maryanne Leblanc.

On Saturday, August 12, there will be Pig Visits at the Oak Bluffs Library. Laura Numeroff's character from "If you Give a Pig a Party' and "If you Give a Pig a Pancake" comes to visit at 10:30 am. You will sing to Pig, read with Pig, and color pictures of Pig. The Wednesday Pre-School Story Time at 10:30 am on Aug. 16 will be about bugs. And later that afternoon there will be a special craft for Illumination Night. Children may start signing up for this on Thursday, August 10.

Mary-Jean Miner sent me some very interesting news. Last week Pamela Butterick was the soloist "between the acts" at the Community Sing at the Tabernacle. A gifted soprano, Ms. Butterick is the daughter of the gifted tenor, the late Jack Simmons, who was very active in Campground events and the Vineyard Haven Band during his lifetime. Pam sang several show tunes, including one of her Dad's favorites, "In the Still of the Night." The Campmeeting Association celebrates family continuity, with many of the cottages being passed down to subsequent generations. It is nice to see that talent is being passed down too.

Kate Lolley recently moved from Boston to Sidney, Montana. She will be working for a year with the Americorps/Vista program in Richland County and will be assessing the health programs for the county health department. Kate is a 2005 graduate of Simmons College in Boston and is the daughter of John and Sarah Lolley of Oak Bluffs.

SFC Pete Forend, OBFD Asstant Fire Chief, left on August 1 to return to duty in Kuwait. While on a brief R&R here on the Vineyard, he found time for cookouts, beach parties, dinners, and breakfasts with family and friends. He had a wonderful visit and has only three more months to go before he returns home for good.

Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.