Oak Bluffs

Megan-AlleyAre things any quieter? A bit perhaps. The sounds of helicopters roaring overhead late Sunday evening signaled the departure of the President and his family. They were not the only visitors leaving our Island. Many people who had come here for a short stay, perhaps to see the Illumination night celebration or the fireworks show, and students returning to their schools and also freshmen, excited to start off a new path in life, have also left. But we still have much to see and do, as always.

Just so you won’t get bored, the Trinity United Methodist Church is sponsoring a benefit Jewelry Treasure Hunt sale. There will be jewelry for sale to please everyone’s taste at a variety of prices. The sale will take place on Saturday, August 30, at the Parish House in the Campground. Doors will open for the sale promptly at 10 am, no prior admittance and will last until 3 pm or perhaps a little longer.

Friends of the Edgartown Public Library are sponsoring the second annual Pennywise Path 5K run/walk on Monday, September 1. Register online at  edgartownlibrary.org or at the front desk.

For the first time in memory, starting on Labor Day, September 1, St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven will be the only Catholic Church in Good Shepherd Parish on the Island  open for Masses until Memorial Day 2015. Starting on Saturday, September 6, through October 12 the schedule will be Saturdays 4 pm and Portuguese Mass at 7 pm. Sundays there will be services at 8 am, 9:30 am, and 6 pm.

Then starting Saturday, October 18, until Memorial Day , the Saturday schedule will remain the same but Sunday is changed to 9 am and 5 pm. St. Elizabeth’s and Our Lady Star of the Sea will be shut down for the winter. St. Augustine’s has been insulated and a new heating system installed. It is hoped that this will be a wise economic move.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is opening its latest exhibit on August 29, depicting three generations of artists from one family. Although a little tongue in cheek, Moore and Moore and Moore, the show’s title, declares that the talent just keeps coming. This exhibit reveals the connections and relationships of three artists: landscape painter Nelson Augustus Moore, his great-great grandson Andrew Gordon Moore, a realist painter who lives in Oak Bluffs, and Hannah Moore, Andrew’s daughter. The exhibit will open on August 29 with an Opening Reception in the Museum Galleries, 5–7pm. Admission is free for Museum members and $7 for non-members. Children under 6 are always free. The exhibit will remain on display through October 25.

On Sunday, Sept. 21, Oak Bluffs Police Chief Erik Blake will walk up to 26.2 miles along the historic Boston Marathon route in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. He will join an expected 8,500 walkers with the goal of raising more than $7.5 million for the Jimmy Fund for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, bringing the event’s 26-year fundraising total to more than $100 million. It raises the most money of any single-day walk in the nation. To register for the walk or to support a walker, or to volunteer, visit JimmyFundWalk.org.

Head to the Oak Bluffs Senior Center to enjoy another Friday Conversations program. On Friday, Sept. 5, 10–11:30 am, our guest speaker will be a new, young literary find: Stanley Kissel, who found his muse at age 75. Stanley, a summer resident of the Vineyard, will discuss his third novel, Murder In Swing Time. He will also discuss his approach to writing, and why he started so late in life. This novel is an old-fashioned murder mystery and private detective yarn that takes place in New York City, post WW II.

Throwback Thursday Movie Night on September 11 is a classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. The movie starts at 5:30 pm. There will be Hitchcock Trivia; 50s name games and refreshments.

Flatbread Benefit Night: Join us for a fun night at Flatbread Company, on Airport Road, on Tuesday, September 2, between 5 and 9 pm. The First Congregational Church of West Tisbury will receive a percentage of the pizza sales for the evening (either eat in or take out). Once again, a silent auction will be featured with exciting, unusual, and distinctive items to bid on. Good humor will prevail as friends try to outbid one another for these great items. Invite your family and friends for this end-of-summer event to support the church and its mission. All ages and sizes are welcome!

On Monday, Sept. 8, 5:30–6:30 pm, there will be a legal clinic presentation at the Tisbury Council on Aging on Pine Tree Rd. The subject of Arthur Bergeron of Mirick O’Connell Law Firm will be “Dealing with Alzheimers: At Home, in Assisted Living, or in a Nursing Home.” He will be joined by representatives of Alzheimers Association and Elder Services of Cape & Islands. Register at the Council 508-696-4205; a light meal will be provided.

The Annual Evening of Music on the Lagoon will be held at Jim and Pam Butterick’s house at 359 Barnes Rd., Oak Bluffs on August. 31 at 6 pm. Come and enjoy wine and appetizers at sunset on the Lagoon on the last Sunday of summer, and listen to the fabulous pianist Adele Dreyer play “Rhapsody in Blue,” to be joined afterwards by musician extraordinaire Peter Boak for duets. Donations of any amount will be accepted for the Federated Church Organ/Music Fund and/or Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard. For questions email antispung@aol.com.

We Send Birthday Smiles to Liz Wilson on the 29th, Pam Melrose on the 30th, and Nancy Giordano and Sean Flynn on the 31st. September birthday smiles start with Tony Ferreira on the 1st. Ed BenDavid Sr., Evelyn Christopher, and Valarie O’Donnell share September 2. And let’s give Robert Pacheco the day off from Reliable Market on his birthday, September 3.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleyOne of the things I look forward to in the summer are real tomatoes. The gardens are suddenly filling up and overflowing with those fragrant, delicious fruits. No more, at least for a while, of tomatoes that do not smell, taste, or seem like the real thing.  Now we must scramble for different ways to cook and preserve them for future enjoyment. I am starting to realize why it takes me so long to complete routine matters. As I pass the kitchen windows, I am distracted by the birds and their antics at the feeders and before I realize it I have been watching for some time.  Heading to the bedroom, the window flower boxes in those windows are now drawing me closer, first just to admire the flowers and then observing the busy bees as they float from blossom to blossom in search of pollen. Some are already so heavily laden with pollen that as they alight on flowers, the stems bend downward from their weight. How fascinating it is to watch their work until I am jolted into the reality that perhaps it is time for me to imitate them and also be busy as a bee!

Can it possibly be that summer is winding down?  This week has brought us the Grand Illumination, the Agricultural Fair beckons us to West Tisbury, starting today and running until Sunday evening, and of course our Town’s own grand finale, the Fireworks show in Ocean Park Friday night.

Be prepared for parking restrictions, re-routing of traffic and altered bus schedules. But the resulting show of fireworks is worth the temporary inconvenience and is enjoyed by thousands of all ages.

This time of year also brings the exodus of not only our summer guests but also students returning to their studies at off-Island institutions. Among those entering college for their first year are Katherine deBettencourt, the daughter of Michael and Erin deBettencourt, who has chosen to continue her education in Florida where the weather is a bit warmer in the winter than here on the Island. Katherine will also be able to continue playing  golf, a sport which she excelled at as a member of the MVRHS golf team. Mary Alley will take her son and my grandson, Jeremy Alley-Tarter, to  Assumption College in Worcester this week, where he will be busy with his environmental science studies and track activities.

As these students head off Island for future adventures, there are enough activities here to keep our heads spinning.  The Sullivan 5K Run/Walk event for the whole family takes place this Saturday around East Chop.  For info, log ontomvhospital.com/runwalk.

Oak Bluffs School students can access the Oak Bluffs School web site for a list of supplies you will need to start school in September, and more helpful info.

The Oak Bluffs Library will host an author’s visit on Wednesday, August 27 at 4 pm. Author Amelie Loyot will discuss her book, “Vanessa: The Sea Serpent of Martha’s Vineyard.”  This program is for all ages and is a free event.

Although he had an interruption to his vacation to head back to Washington, D.C., for a few days this week, we do hope that President Obama and his family were able to enjoy vacationing on the Island. It didn’t seem to me that down-Island traffic was impacted by his visit much more than it is on an ordinary summer day. But as for up Island, that is probably a different story. Hopefully, for a few hours at least, he found some peace away from stress and criticism.

We send birthday smiles Tony Ratcliff today, Ginny Hall, Leon Holt and Erin deBettencourt share the 3rd, Christine Anthony on the 24th, Ken Rusczyk on the 26th, Erika Bettencourt on the 27th, grandson Chris Alley and the brothers Marchand Andrew and Matthew on the 28th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleyWelcome to August, which usually means that our lawns and flowers are starting to look a bit dried up and not so beautiful. But thanks to some timely rain showers, things are still bright and beautiful. Of course, the crowds and therefore traffic lines seem endless. Everyone says drivers and visitors behave badly during August. Perhaps by now we are all exhausted and frustrated by fighting traffic and waiting in long lines and actually trying to be nicer than we really are. That is impossible to do for more than five minutes, so the next time you are ready to explode because of someone’s rude or stupid maneuver, try saying, “Oh my goodness gracious,” and you will find it is impossible to lose your temper.

A Backyard Music Concert — a fun, music event for the whole family — will take place at our own Oak Bluffs Library. On Saturday, August 16, 6–7 pm, the Rye Brothers jug band returns. Bring a blanket, picnic, and friends for a concert on the lawn (indoors if raining). This is a family-friendly band.

Friday Morning Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center continue to bring in interesting speakers. On Friday, August 15, from 10 to 11:30 am, the guest speaker will be young Philadelphia author Jon McGoran, who will discuss his newest book, “Deadout.” “When Martha’s Vineyard’s bees begin to mysteriously die off and a biotech company plans to release genetically modified bees into the environment, a vacationing Philadelphia detective discovers that the bees aren’t the only things being modified. Things spin violently out of control as he closes in on what they are really up to, and he must race to stop them before their plot succeeds, and spreads to the mainland and the world.”

The Children’s Author storytime  at the Library on Wednesday, August 20, starts 10:30 am. Come and meet author Christie Jones-Ray, and hear about her book,  “Eliza Visits Martha’s Vineyard.”

Last weekend, accompanied by my sister, Ann Hearn, and my daughter, Mary Alley, I went north to Lebanon, N.H., for a Bagley family reunion. What a great time it was; I met cousins I knew from childhood and met many more for the first time. There were close to 80 first cousins, second cousins, spouses of relatives and all were connected to the Bagley family.  Each family had a table displaying photos, letters etc. that gave a history going back for years. I realized that the last time I went away for a vacation was seven years ago, but this one was worth the wait.

The Sullivan 5K Run Walk is on Saturday, August 23. Kids fun run starts at 8:45, walkers at 9 am, and runners start at 9:30 am, For more info log onto mvhospital.com/runwalk.

We remember Jenna  on the 17th and  send birthday smiles to Russ MacDonald on August 18, my son Dion Alley and Becky Rogers on the 19th, and Marilyn Wey on August 20th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

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Megan-AlleyI seem to be spending a great deal of time at my kitchen sink lately and it is not because I am in love with washing dishes. It is because in front of the sink window, is my new “squirrel-proof” bird feeder which is actually working: most of the time the squirrels find it too frustrating to figure out. But working well it is, bringing in all species of birds, and even the many cardinals, usually ground feeders, are able to perch happily and feast away. Watching them all sweep in like a rainbow of colors and activity and chirp away, as if relating the latest news in the neighborhood, is peaceful way to begin the day.

People have come up with some wonderful ideas for revitalizing downtown Oak Bluffs, but there was one suggestion that I would discourage. That is the idea of laying cobblestones in some areas. As someone who uses a cane, I can testify how difficult it is to walk along the streets and sidewalks, and the brick areas are especially challenging. Many of our daytrip visitors use canes, walkers, and wheelchairs, and trying to wend their way along a cobblestone surface might prove too challenging.

Both good entertainment and support for the MV Center for Living, the Island Theater Workshop will present a benefit performance of Peter Pan on Friday, August 15, at 7:30 pm at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center. Directed by Kevin Ryan, the play will benefit several Center for Living programs and services for Island seniors, The Supportive Day Program (a social day care program for elders), The Medical Taxi Program, the Emergency Food Program, and the Support Group for families coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related dementia issues. Tickets cost $25 for adults and $12 for children. Call 508-939-9440 for tickets and information.

The Oak Bluffs Senior Center is hosting an open house on Wednesday, August 13, from 3 to 6 pm, when they are opening the doors for everyone who is 50 or older. There will be great food and beverages, music of the 50s and 60s to take us down Memory Lane, and Door Prizes from Oak Bluffs merchants drawn every 15 minutes. The afternoon is being sponsored by the Friends of the OBCOA.

A movie on the life of Maya Angelou will be shown at the Senior Center on August 14, starting at 1:30 pm. All are welcome.

You still have two more chances to enjoy the Sunday evening band concerts in Ocean Park. So mark the following dates: August 10, August 24. The concert will be in the Tabernacle for Illumination night and on August 24 it’s back to the Park. All concerts start at 8 pm.

Condolences to the family of Jane Maseda who died last week. Jane, who was a cousin of my husband, and her husband, Tony, were part of a small group that used to gather weekly to play cribbage, back in the early 50s. There were six of us in the group, which also included Jane’s brother Charlie Combra and his wife, Barbara. How much fun we did have on those nights. She was the mother of Antoinette and James Maseda and the grandmother of four.  Jane worked many years at the Oak Bluffs Library and will be missed by her many friends as well as family. We are so very sorry.

The Friday Conversation program at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center tomorrow, August 8, features speakers Tom Dresser, Herb Foster, and Jay Schofield who will be speaking about their new book “Martha’s Vineyard in World War II,” which is in a second printing. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 am. The book is filled with interviews of people who were teenagers during the war, accounts of military activities and descriptions of the war effort, including submarine activity offshore. All are welcome. There is no charge and there will be an opportunity for comments and questions. Their book will be available for sale for $20.

On August 12, Tuesdays at Twilight at the West Tisbury Grange Hall will present Spotlight on Youth, a concert showcasing the Vineyard’s best new talent. The concert is sponsored by the West Tisbury Library Foundation.

Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association proudly presents the 19th Annual Gingerbread Cottage Tour  on Wednesday, August 13. This is one of the most anticipated events of the summer season. The tour runs from 10 am to 3 pm with the last ticket being sold at 2 pm. Tickets are $25 and proceeds benefit the Tabernacle Restoration Fund. The tour includes visits to the interior of six gingerbread cottages, admission to the Cottage Museum, and delicious refreshments. Tickets are available in advance at mvcma.org or the day of the tour at the Tabernacle.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is holding its annual meeting, which will be highlighted by the 2014 Martha’s Vineyard Medal award ceremony, on Monday, August 11, at 5 pm at the Federated Church in Edgartown. This year’s recipients include Renee Balter who will be introduced by Skip Finley, Dorothy Bangs (posthumously) presented by Denys Wortman, and Richard Paradise introduced by Jennifer Smith Turner. Since 1923 the Martha’s Vineyard Museum has been the “safety deposit box” for the images, stories, objects, and voices of Martha’s Vineyard. The museum introduced the Martha’s Vineyard Medal in 2009, which is awarded annually to leaders in the community in recognition of their outstanding commitment to preserving the history, arts, and culture of Martha’s Vineyard.

Remember Hula Hoops?  I do, though I don’t recall ever being too successful at it. Well our library is holding a Hoop Fest on Wednesday, August 13, at 11 am. Activities include a Hula Hoop party and games outside, weather permitting. It will be canceled if raining. All ages can attend. Then get ready for Illumination night when the Library holds two Illumination craft sessions on Tuesday, August 19, at 10:30 am. Decorate a lantern for Illumination Night. Space is limited to 50, so pre-registration is required. This session is for ages 3 to 8 years. At 4 pm the Illumination Craft for teens will start. Again, space is limited to 15 so pre-registration required. Ages 9 and up are invited to participate.

Make plans now for a trip to Foxwoods Casino on August 26 sponsored by the Oak Bluffs Council On Aging. To sign up and for additional information, call Rose at 508-693-4509, ext. 3.

We send birthday smiles Ben deBettencourt on  the 7th, Ken Debettencourt and Bob Gatchell on the 8th, John rose on the 9th,, followed  by Danielle Sedlier and Sarah Trudel on the 10th, Deb Hammett and my daughter Kati Alley on the 11th, Terry McCarthy and Richard Mello III on the 12th and Nelson Oliver and Shaun dePriest on the 13th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleySummer seems to be whizzing by — unless you are stuck in traffic going anywhere on the Island this year. It seems to me that either drivers are very considerate in letting cars into the lanes from side streets or they are extremely rude and childish, coming so close to the back of your car that all you can see is the windshield or speeding around your car when you are waiting for people to go on a crosswalk and then leaning on the horn so you will notice.  Perhaps they will grow up soon and make it easier for everyone.

Crafts shows and other opportunities for early Christmas shopping take place most every week during the summer, so take advantage of these events to get some different and handmade items for the holidays. The Annual Craft Fair is being held at the Oak Bluffs Tabernacle in the Campground on August 2 from 9 am to 3 pm, rain or shine. Admission is free and you will find beautifully handcrafted items made by the campground residents for sale.

Have you ever been curious about the inside of some of the beautiful Edgartown houses?  Well, each year five gracious Edgartown families open their beautiful homes so that the public can tour them, for the benefit of the Federated Church in Edgartown. This year’s tour will be on Tuesday, August 12, and will feature a variety of homes from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, located at 75 and 96 S. Water St. and 80, 64, and 96 School St. in Edgartown. An introductory talk by historian Mary Jane Carpenter will be held at the Federated Church Meetinghouse at 1 pm with the tour following, from 2 to 4:30.  And after the tour, tea and refreshments will be provided at the Mayhew Parsonage on S. Water St. Tickets may be purchased at the Meetinghouse, 45 S. Summer St., Edgartown, on the afternoon of the tour.

The price is $35 per person. For information, please call Anne Vose at 508-627-7077.

Moderator Robert Iadicicco has arranged an interesting Friday Morning Conversations program at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center for Friday, August 1, from 10 to 11:30 am. The  guests will be a large group of students in The Woods Hole Partnership Education Program. They have come from all over the country to spend 10 weeks at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to study and work on marine and environmental research projects including at-sea experience. They will describe the program and their work experiences.

Just for fun, participate in the Library Lock-In on Friday, August 1, from 6 pm to 12 midnight. You will get locked in the library after hours and enjoy movies, games, and pizza. Parental permission is required and the program is for ages 12 and up.

Explore Oak Bluffs town vehicles with the Touch–A-Truck  program for all ages at the library Saturday, August 2, at 10:30 am, weather permitting. Cancelled if raining.

Join the Flying Horses Story Walk on Friday, August 8, at 9:30 am. You will walk to the Flying Horses from the library. Stop along the way to ride the carousel. Space limited to 20 children. Pre-registration is required.

On August 5 there will be a Tuesdays at Twilight concert at the West Tisbury Grange Hall featuring Dana Edelman and his Slammin’ Band. The concert is sponsored by the West Tisbury Library Foundation.

August is peach season and on Saturday, August 16, from 12 noon to 4 pm., the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury will hold its fifth annual Peach Festival. This is a delicious family and community event. Come and enjoy peach treats on the lawn with neighbors and meet new friends! Enter the raffle for a delightful peach tree! They will be serving fresh peaches, peach smoothies, peaches with ice cream and peach shortcake. Baked goods to go will also be there to enjoy: Blueberry/Peach Cobbler, and Peach Pies. For those who like something tart with their peach treats, minted lemonade will be served. Look for the peach banner and bright balloons on the church fence in the center of West Tisbury.  All proceeds go to the support of the church, its missions and outreach. In the event of inclement weather the event will be held indoors.

Appraisal Day with Skinner, Inc. is Friday, August 1, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum Library, 59 School Street, in Edgartown. Appraisers from Skinner, Inc. will evaluate your prized objects in a summer version of this popular off-season event. Items may be consigned for sale by Skinner with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Museum. Reservations required. Call Jessica, 508-627-4441, ext. 117. Appraisal of one item costs $15, or three items for $40.

A reminder to adults that there will be a talk about education in Nepal at our library on Thursday, July 31, at 10:30 am. And I am sure everyone would enjoy the Ice Cream Social and Concert later Thursday, at 3 pm. Along with your ice cream, you can enjoy a Vineyard Sound Concert.

Geek the Library Art Show takes place on Wednesday, August 6, from 3 to 5 pm. There will be photographs by Eli Dagostino for our “Geek the Library” campaign with more than 100 portraits of community members. Refreshments also.

We send birthday smiles to Sofhia McGroarty Sampaio and Garrett Brown on August 1, Nancy Gardella on the 3rd, and Tricia Bergeron on the 4th. Susan Klein and Alison Reynolds share the 5th and Evamae Magee on the 6th.Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleyEvery once in a while, someone proposes that the Town name should be changed back to Cottage City. Well, after taking a mini-tour around our Town, I think it should be changed to Cottage City of Flowers.

Flowering shrubs and garden snow lead your way to town by the bulkhead and across the street in front of the Wesley House and further along the banks on that side. Then Farland Square is a center of a beautiful multi-colored flowers. Driving up Circuit Avenue, kudos to another store owner as Fat Ronnie’s now boasts a new look with a most flattering color of new paint. All along the Avenue, including the David Healey Mall, flowers bring joy to everyone. Outside the downtown area, the P-A Club has landscaped the roadside in front of the Club. Shrubs, plantings and flowers now present an attractive site for passersby.

Cathy and Mark Peters are very proud of their granddaughter, Arrianna Peters. Arrianna was one of four freshmen to be chosen to be in the Minnesingers this year. I am sure with her beautiful voice she is an asset  to the group.

Here is a reminder for all Island artists that the annual All Island Art Show will be held on Monday, August 4, at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs.

If you would like to take a break from cooking, there will be a homemade chicken dinner at the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven on July 26 at 5:30 pm.  The dinner includes the complete meal with beverage and dessert. Take-out is available and tickets are $12. For more info, call 508-693-1539.

The Island Autism Group is hosting their 8th annual fundraiser on Wednesday, July 30, from 3 to 5 pm, at The Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown. Admission is free, however donations are welcome. There will be a raffle and auction as well as light refreshments served. For further information please contact Marcy Bettencourt 508-693-2106.

On July 29, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center and the West Tisbury Library Foundation will present a showing of “One fast move or I’m gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur” at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. The movie examines Jack Kerouac’s escape from post “On The Road” fame to a cabin on the California coast, where his existential struggles became the basis of another novel, “Big Sur.” There will also be special live readings about Kerouac’s Big Sur by radio personality, author, and filmmaker Arnie Riesman and television and radio personality Paula Lyons. All the proceeds will go toward landscaping and protecting the environment around the new West Tisbury Library and to the MVFS.

Our own Oak Bluffs Library will be hosting a talk about education in Nepal on Thursday, July 31, at 10:30 am. Then, that same day at 3 pm, come and enjoy an ice cream social and Vineyard Sound concert.

Friends and relatives of Patricia Costa are mourning her unexpected death this week.  Patricia was a longtime treasurer for the Town of Oak Bluffs. She was a very public-minded person and in her quiet but firm way, a true leader. After retirement she worked as a substitute teacher at both the Oak Bluffs and Edgartown schools, where she was greatly respected. We remember her as so dependable and who could forget her many trademark fabulous hats? She was a true lady and will be missed by so many people and all those she befriended.

We send birthday smiles to Paul Robinson on the 26th, Travis Bernard, Rachel Barrett Perry, and Denise Alwardt on July 30, and Bernie Crossland on the July 31. And belated birthday wishes to Alison Rose Wilson who turned the big 30 on July 20.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Got Oak Bluffs news? Email Megan Alley here.

Megan-AlleyNo one should have complained about the beautiful stretch of weather we had this past week, and from all reports we shall now be heading into some rainy spots but also a cooler time. Things are quieter at my house now after my sleep being interrupted by the loud alert from what I thought was a failing battery in my smoke alarm. Starting at midnight Saturday it kept alerting me which meant each time my back-up alarm system, AKA my yellow lab, Molly, would immediately jump up from the foot of my bed (or is it her bed, I sometimes wonder), and then hover over me until I got up, looked around then we all would get back into bed. This went on three or four times, until I finally gave up around 5 am and got up for the day. I briefly thought about changing the battery myself, but discretion being the better part of valor, I waited for my granddaughter, who put in a new battery for me. At last quiet, I thought, but as soon as she left it went off again. When my grandson came home, we discovered it was the carbon monoxide alarm that was going off so that too got new batteries. The moral of this story: be sure to change the batteries in your alarm system in the spring and fall when you change your clocks, which I had neglected to do. And I also learned something new. The back of the Carbon Monoxide alarm instructed you to replace the alarm itself after seven years. Your local fire department will be glad to help you with these situations.

Summer, among other things, is definitely the time of year when art shows flourish. Award-winning artist Douglas Peckham will present his annual Studio Art Show and Sale on  Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20, from 10 am to 5 pm at his home at 56 Pennacook Avenue in Oak Bluffs.

Alert to all you artists. The annual All Island Art Show will be held on Monday, August 4, at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. You may find all the information you need to participate at their new website:  allislandartshow.wordpress.com or call Harvey Beth at 508-693-0371. There is no entrance fee this year, so the committee hopes to see all Island-affiliated artists there.

On July 20, the Community Room at the new West Tisbury Library will be dedicated to David and Rosalee McCullough.

Congratulations to Talia Rogers and John Gibson on their recent engagement. Best wishes to this young couple.

Today the Oak Bluffs Writers Group will meet at the library from 10 am until 12 noon. The Book Babies will also meet today from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Our library is a very busy place.

Sonya Lima and Mary Alley met Heather Hall Holt last Saturday and the three longtime friends and MVRHS  graduates (I am not permitted to give their graduation year) headed to Boston. There this happy trio enjoyed a wonderful concert on Boston Harbor and then headed back to Heather’s home for the night, where they continued their laughter and reminiscing until 3 am.

A huge, three-day book sale to benefit the Oak Bluffs Public Library, sponsored by the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs, starts today. There will be used books in all categories, for all ages, at bargain prices including: adult, teens, and children, hardcover, paperback, fiction, and non-fiction, DVDs, CDs and audio books. The sale starts Thursday, July 17 from 10 am to 7 pm, then continues on Friday, July 18, from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday, July 19, from 10 am to 2 pm.

For more info contact: LibraryFriendsOB@gmail.com, or call 508-693-8326.

The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Initiative (MVYLI) supports and mentors local high school students who have decided to pursue higher education. MVYLI helps prepare these teens for their future, both on and off the Island, through college prep and scholarship, job shadowing, and an annual Youth Leadership Summit on Sustainable Development. Join them at the 5th annual Walter Cronkite Awards on Tuesday, August 5, from 5 to 8 pm. The ceremony and reception will be held at the home of Karen and David Brush in Edgartown.  The suggested donation is $150, and because space is limited, please RSVP @ soup4world.com  It will be a wonderful opportunity for you to meet these incredible young men and women who are the future of Martha’s Vineyard.

Charlayne Hunter-Gault will speak on Tuesday, July 22, at 5:30 pm at the Federated Church, 45 South Summer Street, Edgartown. Admission is $8 for Museum members, and $12 for non-members. A reception will follow back at the Museum for guests to see the 1960s  exhibit. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the talk. Sea Change: MV in the 1960s will be on display through April 2015.

We send birthday smiles to Russell Rogers and Summer Ann Clements on the 17th, Suzanne Metell and Michael Daniel on the 18th, Lynn Webster on the 19th, Charlene Alley on the 22nd, and Aiden and Logan Araujo, Pat Rose, and Richard Cage on the 24th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleyIn spite of a near miss by a hurricane, the majority of the weather for last weekend’s 4th of July celebrations made for a warm, sunny time for parades, fireworks, and beach outings. Some rescheduling was necessary, but it seemed as if most people were able to fulfill their holiday plans. Traffic, however was brutal, resulting, at least for me, in deciding I actually didn’t need to go to the store anyway. Now look forward to the next big happening: the Feast of the Holy Ghost on the weekend of July 19 and 20.

Condolences to the family of Alexandro Garcia who was the victim of a fatal motor vehicle accident last week. We send sincere sympathy to his family and friends and all who were involved in this tragic incident.

David Crohan will be giving a concert at the Tabernacle on Sunday, July 13. The concert starts at 7 pm and is a benefit for Island Elderly Housing and the M.V. Cancer Support Group. What could be better than enjoying a wonderful piano concert and supporting two worthy organizations?

Come and learn something at the Friday Morning Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. On Friday, July 18, from 10 to 11:30 am, the guest speaker will be Joe Vera. Joe will discuss some unusual and less-known aspects of Oak Bluffs history.

Poet Brooks Robards, who is a summer resident at Samoset Ave., and Hermine Hull have collaborated on a book, “On-Island: Poems and Paintings of Martha’s Vineyard.” The Poems are by Brooks and paintings by Hermine. They will be scheduling readings in many venues throughout the summer. It is available at bookstores and at their signings. Nancy Cramer will have copies for sale, and they will also be available at Hermine Merel Smith Fine Art on Edgartown Road in West Tisbury.

The Summer Concert Festival for the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, opens on Monday, July 14, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown with a second performance at the Chilmark Community Center on Tuesday, July 15. All Summer concerts start at 8 pm. Subsequent concerts will be held on the following Mondays and Tuesdays at the Old Whaling Church and Chilmark Community Center respectively: July 21/22, August 4/5, August 11/12 and August 18/19.

Seastreak is offering several discounted trips off the Island, specifically geared toward Island residents, but certainly open to all. On Friday, June 18, is a trip to Foxwoods and on Friday, June 25, a trip to Six Flags New England. Every day there is an Adventure Pass to New Bedford which includes roundtrip ferry, lunch discounts, and admission to any two New Bedford area attractions. For more details, call 1-800-262-8743 or visit seastreak.com

We send birthday smiles to Hope deBettencourt, Fronzie Conlin and Josh Corrrellus on July 10. Colleen Farrissey on the 11th, Lauren Vikota and Jeff Labell on the 13th, David deBettencourt on the 14th, Dianne Kenney and my grandson Nick Rivers on the 15th, and Sophie Combra and Olivia Law Butler on the 16th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.

Megan-AlleyCrowds, long lines at stores, no available bookings on the boats, and humid weather can only mean one thing: summer is here. Thursday is actually the Fourth of July and people have already made plans for cook-outs, parties, and of course the Fourth of July parade in Edgartown. As soon as we recover from this long holiday weekend, the Tisbury Street Fair will take place next Tuesday, July 8. It seems as if summertime on the Island is just one long celebration of fairs, benefits, and beach parties. Every Sunday in Washington Park by the harbor in Oak Bluffs you can indulge in another farmers market, for example. So let’s not hear any complaints of “nothing to do.”

You can learn to draw superheroes at the Oak Bluffs Library on Tuesday, July 15, at 4 pm. Artist Paul Merklein will teach the class which is open to the first 12 students, aged 11 and up. There is no pre-registration.

Improv Workshop for Kids starts on Friday, July 18, will also be held on July 25, August 1, 15, 22, and 29, from  4 to 4:45 pm. Siobhan Beasley works with children aged 6 and up. There is no-pre registration.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society Summer Concert Festival opens on Monday, July 14, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown with a second performance at the Chilmark Community Center on Tuesday, July 15. All Summer concerts start at 8 pm.

Subsequent concerts will be held on the following Mondays and Tuesdays at the Old Whaling Church and Chilmark Community Center respectively and the concerts for the rest of July will be July 21 and 22.

The Lagoon Pond Association will hold its Annual Meeting at the Sailing Camp Park on Saturday, July 12, from 10 am to 12 noon. Refreshments will be available starting at 9:45.   Several interesting speakers will be present. Michael Loberg will discuss the recently passed fertilizer regulations. Tisbury selectman Melinda Loberg will present information on the new Lagoon Bridge currently under construction. Todd Alexander, the Oak Bluffs harbormaster, will be present to answer questions about harbor use and management, and Dave Grunden, the O.B. Shellfish Constable, will answer questions about the recent scallop harvest. Rick Karney from the Martha’s Vineyard Shellfish Group will also be present to talk about several exciting projects to begin soon in the Lagoon. Everyone is invited to attend and you need not be an LPA member, but if you are interested, you can find a membership application online at our new website, lagoonpondassoc.org, or fill out an application at the meeting. Annual dues are just $30.

On Saturday, July 5, from 10 am to 3 pm, there will be a giant benefit yard sale at Grace Church Rectory on Woodlawn Avenue in Vineyard Haven. Word has it that there will be “lots of good stuff,” some of it priceless. All of the proceeds will benefit the Island Clergy Homeless Initiative.

There will be a window dedication of the new stained glass window at Grace Church on Sunday, July 6 at 11 am, immediately after the 10 am service. The window was created by artist Barney Zeitz. A  reception will follow with refreshments; everyone is welcome and there will be some special surprises at the dedication.

We send birthday smiles to Joe Alosso on July 4, James Cage on the 5th, followed by Barbara Fehl and Pam Gibson Silva on the 6th. Erin Pacheco, Donald Billings, and Karen Hunt Torrence share July 7 and smiles to Claire Gibson and Nicholas Mathias on the 9th. Enjoy the week. Peace.

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Now that the summer solstice has passed,  we are going to face gradually shortened daylight hours.  Seems much too soon. The weather was beautiful, for the entire weekend. Unfortunately,  on Saturday our neighborhood was disturbed by a small but very vocal party that started in the early afternoon. It ended up being an hours-long party involving amplified music and so-called conversation, where the participants seem to have a vocabulary  limited to four-letter words beginning with the sixth letter of the alphabet. I hesitated to call the Police, knowing they have so much to deal with but finally called the non-emergency number and the Sheriff’s Department responded immediately and soon Oak Bluffs Police officers were handling the problem. They were professional and calm and things settled down. They encouraged me to call again if there were any more problems. It was necessary for them to make three more trips, the last at 3:45 am before the party  was “quenched.”  So kudos to the  Sheriff’s Department and our Oak Bluffs Police Department for responding so promptly and professionally to a very tired lady for a non-emergency situation on what must have been a very busy weekend for them.

Joe Vera of Ocean Avenue was pleased to have his six daughters and their partners and his six grandchildren spending the last three weeks visiting him at his 1868 Victorian home on Ocean Avenue. His home was the first house built by the Oak Bluffs Land and Wharf Company and was constructed by Rasmus Carpenter of Foxboro who was the lead developer for the company. Mr. Vera also shared a bit of history when he told me that his grandfather Frank Vera was an Associate Judge at the Edgartown District Court in 1933. Thank you for that added information that I wasn’t aware of.

How busy is our library?  Well, take a look at the following scheduled events coming up. On Tuesday, July 1, at 6 pm the U.S. Coast Guard will give a presentation on boating and water safety. Meet members of the Coast Guard and a Q&A period follows along with refreshments.

Meet MV Sharks Baseball players and participate in a mini-clinic on Wednesday, July 2, at 11 am. Question and answer time, autographs, ticket raffle, Sharky the mascot and refreshments will round out this fun program.

Movie and Trivia Night on Thursday, July 3, at 5:30 pm features an annual “Jaws” trivia contest and screening. Test your knowledge and enjoy fun games before the movie. There will be prizes and refreshments.

 A documentary screening and panel discussion about shark conservation when the award-winning film is shown will be on Saturday, July 5, at 12:30 pm. This is for ages 13 and up as there is graphic content. Refreshments.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, July 1, at 11 am will start with Ben & Bill’s ice cream and a good book. Sign up for summer reading program. All ages welcome.

Meet Nancy Purnell at an artist’s reception on Saturday, July 5, at 10:30 am.

The summer Mass schedule for Good Shepherd Parish starts this Saturday, June 28 and runs through August 31. There will now be nine Masses each weekend, but be sure to check the website www.goodshepherdmv.com  for the exact times and locations as much has changed.

The M.V. Museum’s summer Discovery Days programs are right around the corner. Starting July 1, programs will take place on the Edgartown campus every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 am to 12 noon. The programs are specifically tailored to engage kids aged 5–12. Themes include harpooning, lighthouses, tie-dye totes, portrait painting, scrimshaw, herbs, Japanese brush painting, block printing, boats, and more.  Reservations are required for all programs, and space is limited. Call Kate at 508-627-4441, ext. 110, to reserve. Classes are $15 for Museum members, $20 for non-members. Reserve three classes, and get the fourth free. Visit mvmuseum.org for specific program descriptions.

Tonight forget cooking supper and head to the P-A club for another fabulous fish fry. You may eat in or take out from 5 to 7 pm. Did you know that the P-A now has live music every Saturday night, starting at 7 pm? A special chicken dinner will be served on July 11 from 5 to 7 pm as a fundraising benefit for Johnny Ollen.

Many of you have probably seen Fr. Edward Beck on national TV or perhaps attended one of the many summer missions he has led for Good Shepherd Parish. A reading of his new play, “Sweetened Water,” will be staged at the Vineyard Playhouse in Vineyard Haven on Monday, July 7, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Playhouse box office or online at vineyardplayhouse.org. Seating is limited and all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit theater.

We send birthday smiles to Ashley Andrews and Leanne Giordano on the 28th, Abbey Grace Marchand, Donna Leon, and Jim Maseda on the 30th, Madeline Alley on July 1, and Rahmal Hopkins and Deborah DeBett Ratcliff on July 3.

Enjoy your week. Peace.