Town Column

Oak Bluffs

By Megan Alley
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Posted August 9, 2007

We seem to have become a town of beautiful lawns and flower gardens in spite of the drought of these past months. Some of the picturesque flower displays are the result of private owners working so hard to keep their yards looking quite lovely and the others are the result of the Town putting forth that extra effort to offer residents and visitors alike a more lovely view. We do thank everyone for their desire to enhance this town with beauty. If you get a chance, please drive up Wing Road and view not only Joanne and Ken DeBettencourt's flower garden but also the small but flowering yard of Alice Rose. This 95 years young woman continues to care for her yard and garden that resembles an English Garden and is so old fashioned and lovely that it seems to beckon people to come in and enjoy this beauty.

We send speedy recovery wishes to Betty Rose, who is a patient at the M.V. Hospital, and hope that she soon will be home to enjoy the beauty of her many colored roses that are in full bloom in front of her house on Vineyard Avenue.

Retired Republican Senator Edward W. Brooke will be attending the book signing and reception at the Oak Bluffs Library on August 23. The Senator, a long-time Islander, served as the first African American in the U.S. Senate. He was the Massachusetts senator from 1967 to 1979. His book, "Bridging the Divide: My Life" will be on sale at the reception and the Senator will be available to sign copies. For more information, please contact the Oak Bluffs library at 508-693-9433.

We send birthday smiles to daughter Kati Alley on August 11 and to Deb Hammett who celebrates the same day.

Come to the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Monday, August 13 or to the Chilmark Community Center on August 14 to hear the M.V. Chamber Music Society's (MVCMS) summer concert. This concert will feature Songs from an English Garden and Music from London's Concert Halls. These concerts will conclude the Society's 37th summer season. Oak Bluffs resident Bettye Baker serves on the board of the MVCMS.

Save August 15 for the annual Illumination Light at the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association. For those of you unfamiliar with this event, you will be astonished by the sight of the colorful lanterns that decorate the Tabernacle and the many cottages in the Camp Ground area. The program starts with the usual Community Sing and when darkness falls, usually around 9 pm, the lanterns are lit. The result is a display of colorful lights and many "oohs" and "ahs."

The library has many exciting programs scheduled for this week. On Thursday, the age 6 to 10 story time will have a country fair theme to get ready for the Ag Fair that takes place next week, The Dance, Dance Revolution program for ages 10 to 13 is from 1:30 to 3 pm followed by the program for ages 13 and up from 3 until 4, which is an early ending. Then on Tuesday, August 14, there will be a special lantern painting program at 1:30 and 3 pm. There will be two sessions, so sign up in advance and get ready for Illumination Night.

The Native American singer/song writer, Buffy Sainte Marie, will make a personal appearance the M.V. Film Society Tabernacle Summer Film series on Tuesday, August 14 at 8 pm. Doors will open at 7:30 pm and the admission is $8 or $5 for society members.

We seemed determined to fill your summer days so you have no chance of becoming bored.

Enjoy your week and send your news to me.