Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted July 19, 2007

It's not so much the heat, the humidity is the most familiar phrase these summer days. I agree with the discomfort this humidity brings to us, but what I love the least are the bug visitors that are here. They are everywhere, both inside and out. Strange creatures, some with wings, striped backs, all colors, ranging in size from minute to a couple of inches long. Some I have never seen before but I find them under dishes, inside newspapers, crawling on my walls and sometimes swimming in my cool drink. And that is only inside the house, but I have to say they seem to behave much better in the out-of-doors. I am able to walk through the flower gardens, lavender and bee balm, which are usually swarming with bees, and they just go about their business and don't attempt to sting. Perhaps a really good rainstorm will help alleviate the problem and bring some green back to our yards and woods.

Did you know that you can enjoy a free band concert every Sunday night during the summer? The Vineyard Haven Band holds free concerts in either Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs or Owen Park in Vineyard Haven. The concerts start at 8 pm. Bring a chair or blanket and the family and enjoy an hour of music while you relax at the end of a busy weekend.

The "Hail to The Chief" retirement party for Fire Chief Dennis Alley, was an amazing outpouring of humor, affection, and support on Saturday last. The weather couldn't have been better, the brief ceremony was ably led by Marty Nadler, who was obviously well acquainted with both the guest of honor and the speakers. Many proclamations were presented from government officials and then a large stone with a plaque re-naming Waban Park the Dennis Alley Park was revealed. Family, friends, and firemen from all over the Island took the time to attend and congratulate the chief. The most moving part for me was at the end when the many pieces of apparatus from the Fire Department including the trucks and ambulances, circled the park with sirens wailing and then headed back to the station. What a nice good-bye.

At 5 pm on Sunday, July 22, the Burgess Memorial Evensong will be held at Trinity Church in Oak Bluffs with the combined church choirs from St. Andrew's, Grace and Trinity Episcopal. The preacher will be the Rev. Ron Ramsey. There will be free shuttle bus service from the Oak Bluffs Library starting at 4:30 pm.

We send birthday smiles to Andrea Trembath and Lynn Webster on July 19, and Casey Sharpe on July 25.

Not a beach day or are you looking for something different for entertainment? Then head to the Oak Bluffs Library where you may find many programs of interest. On Friday a "Deep Blue Discoveries" program starts at 11 am for ages 8 through 13 in the downstairs Meeting Room. This is an ocean exploration adventure. Also on Friday, will be the Story Time with Grandparents at 1 pm. On Saturday at 10:30 make a sparkly magic wand to celebrate the last Harry Potter book.

The United Methodist Cooperative Ministry will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 am to 1 pm at Trinity Parish Hall in Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs to raise money to help prevent Malaria in Africa. The cost is $5 per person. If you would like to make a contribution, or for more information about the pancake breakfast, please contact Julie Immelt at 508-696-4506 or at

Next Wednesday, July 25, during pre-school Story Time at 10:30 am a frog theme in honor of Della Hardman Week, frog stories will be read and you may make frog faces.

Don't forget one of the major summer celebrations in Oak Bluffs. The Portuguese Feast will be this weekend with activities at the Portuguese-American Club on Vineyard Avenue on Saturday and Sunday and that wonderful hometown parade on Sunday.