Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted May 17, 2007

I know that spring is really here and that we are rapidly approaching summer by several things. Among them is the increasing traffic and crowding of stores, but especially by the plowed garden areas about town. When I see Ken Debettencourt's Wing Road flower garden prepared for seed, I know it will not be too long before, once again we will all be treated to the sight of those beautiful flowers covering that area and Ken and Joann out at their roadside stand with the containers of lovely bouquets. Color is such a pattern to our lives from sharp green of springtime, to bright colors of summer then the subtle fading colors of autumn that brings us to the black and white of winter. Then the familiar cycle repeats itself ever bringing us changes and anticipation of what is to come even though we already know.

The Dance Dance Revolution program will be today at the Oak Bluffs Library. Ages 10 to 13 will participate from 3:15 to 4:30 pm and teens from 6 to 7:30 pm. They are looking for teen volunteers to run the program for fun or community service points. It could be held on more Thursday nights and/or perhaps some Saturdays. See Irene Tewksbury at the library for more information.

Friday, May 18, at the age 6 to 10 story time at 3:30 pm, there will be a Fairy House theme! If the weather is good, the houses will be made outside. Then Saturday is Pink Princess Party Story Time at 2 pm. Wear pink and hear pinkish stories, frost pink cupcakes and make a sparkly pink craft!

The newest feature at Reliable Market is not an item you can buy but the newest granddaughter for Bob and Donna Pacheco. Emily Leslie Freeman, the daughter of Jennifer and Jeff Freeman was born on April 25, which was also grandmother Donna's birthday. Emily's middle name was in honor of her late grandfather, Leslie Freeman, and she has an older sister Kaitlin. Rumor has it that the two girls will be joined by two new cousins sometime in June.

The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs are holding their Spring Book Sale on May 18 from 12 noon to 4:30 pm and then on Saturday, May 19, from 10 am until 4 pm. They have a large selection to choose from including children's books, cookbooks and a large selection of hard cover fiction books. The sale will be held in the library meeting room at the new Oak Bluffs Public Library.

We send birthday smiles to Bob Kinnecom on May 20, Annette Moreis on May 21, Doreen Anderson on May 22, and Kay Manning on May 24. Get well smiles go to Bob Kinnecom and also speedy recovery wishes.

The Martha's Vineyard rug hookers will hold an exhibit of new and antique hooked rugs on Saturday, May 19, from 10 am until 4 pm. The exhibit will be at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury and there's no entrance fee. It will show many examples of the work of the association and will also have demonstrations and educational info about rug hooking. It you would like further information, call Rosalie Powell at 508-693-1897.

The staff at the Oak Bluffs School wishes to thank the PTO for their outstanding show of support and recognition during last week's Teacher Appreciation Week. The Staff were treated to everything from breakfast on Monday morning, gifts placed in their mailboxes throughout the week, and a magnificent lunch on Thursday. The many acts of appreciation shown by the PTO and parents was truly gratifying.

Hurry to the annual plant sale put on by Ms. Gately's second-grade gardeners, which starts today in the school lobby from 12:15 to 2:45 pm. Prices range from 50 cents to $4. There are geraniums, basil plants, marigolds, tomatoes, and more. The class works with Priscilla Sylvia throughout the year on this hands-on learning project and proceeds from the sale are used to purchase gardening supplies and support classroom activities.

Interesting and educational programs continue at our Oak Bluffs Senior Center. Monday, May 21, is Social Security time from 9:45 am until 12:45 pm. The Men's and Women's Luncheon is on Wednesday, May 23 at noon, and nutrition lunch is every Thursday at noon. Please call Rose to reserve a spot.

Enjoy your week and send your news along.