Here we are again at the start of the "summer season." Our plans for shopping, getting the mail and even going over the bridge into Tisbury are now on a new schedule. We will probably burn more gas driving around looking for a parking place than it takes to get us straight to our destination. At least, during this month at least, the crowds of people I have met waiting in line either in traffic or in a store seem to have kept their sense of humor. That makes it tolerable.
One of the signs that summer is really here in Oak Bluffs is the start of the events at the Camp-Meeting Association. On Wednesday, July 4, at 7 pm there will be the Hymn sing followed by the Community sing. Thursday, July 5, Bruce Feiler will be holding a dialogue titled "Can We All Get Along: Building Bridges Among Religions in the twenty-first Century." This program will start at 7 pm. Marsha Winsryg, the African Artists Community Development Project director, is having another craft sale for the Upeme orphanage and the Mamma Bakhita Home for Disabled Children. The sale is at her house on New Lane on Sat., June 30. In addition she will be again showing the film documenting her recent visit to those places. Wonderful and unique items that she brought back after her last visit, including two incredible modern folk carvings of working women, will be part of the sale and of course all proceeds will benefit the homes.
We send birthday smiles to Madeline Alley on July 1, Rahmale Hopkins on July 3, and Erin Pacheco on July 7.
The Oak Bluffs Library continues with its interesting program offerings even through the summer. A reminder that the Red, White and Blue Crafts will take place on Saturday, June 30, at 10:30 am. The children can make stars and stripes, necklaces, a card, a rocket, an Uncle Sam or a Betsy Ross clothespin doll. The program is for ages 4 and up.
The Oak Bluffs Public Library is attempting to bring attention to a new reading program in conjunction with the American Library Assoc. and the Campaign for America's Libraries. They will be holding a raffle at the library to bring attention to this program called "Step Up to the Plate @ your Library." The link to the web site about the program is www.ala.org/baseball if you want to learn more about it. In the meantime come to the library on Tuesday, July 10, any time between 10 am to 8 pm to be entered into a raffle for a 2007 Team Set of baseball cards. You may choose Red Sox or Yankees. Also learn how you can be entered into the Step Up to the Plate @ Your Library program and win a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Erin and Ed Pacheco had a surprise gift on their wedding anniversary on June 21. Their twin sons, Robert Edmund and Theodore William, were born on that day. The boys were named after their grandfathers and will be called Robbie and Teddy. Can't you just see them in a few years, with aprons on standing behind the meat counter at Reliable Market with their Dad and Grandfather?
In a little less than a week we will be celebrating the Fourth of July. Be sure to fly your flag. Plan on attending the parade in Edgartown to support our country and be sure to take time to thank all those people who put up the flags and plan this holiday's festivities. Also do not forget all those people who in the past and even now are making sacrifices so that we can fly the flag of our country in the freedom we enjoy.
Enjoy your week and send your news along to me.