Town Column : Oak Bluffs
Do go by and admire the beautiful fall flowers that now enhance the waterfront and parks of Oak Bluffs. All of this beauty is the result of the hard work and cooperation of the Town Highway and Park Department crews and the talent and generosity of Mark Crossland and his staff. Thank you to all of you who work so hard to brighten the town.
Shaun DePriest and Heather Snider were married at the Tabernacle in the Campgrounds on the last Saturday in September. Although the day was one of the rainiest, just as the bridal procession started and again when it was time to leave, the rain stopped and the wedding party came and left without getting caught in the deluge. Mark and Bernadette Crossland are Shaun's parents and Heather's parents are Walter and Karen Snider of Manchester by the Sea. They, along with the couples' many friends and relatives and Shaun's daughter Kylie DePriest, were witness to the beautiful ceremony. The Tabernacle was beautifully decorated with flowers by the groom's parents. Following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held at Farm Neck. On the previous night Bernie and Mark hosted a clambake at their home for the groom's rehearsal dinner that was greatly enjoyed by all those present and a happy start to the wonderful weekend. Shaun and Heather reside in Beverly.
Joyce Wadsworth has returned to her home in Paso Robles, Calif. after a three-week visit with her daughter Lynn Rebello and her Island grandchildren. She also spent a long weekend sightseeing in the Berkshires with her long-time friend Cynthia Schilling.
The Alzheimer's walk on Sunday last was a great success and the rains were unable to stop the determination of the walkers who came to support this cause. "Team Bink" raised almost $1,700 and was the top team in donations. Martha's Vineyard raised over $10,000.
Be sure to stop by the Chilmark Library during the month of October to view Marsha Winsryg's works that will be on display this month. The opening will be this Saturday, Oct. 11, from 3 to 5 pm. Included will be works from the last 15 years covering Vineyard landscape pastels, African portraits and still-lifes among others.
The poetry group at the Oak Bluffs Public Library meets every third Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am. On October 15, the theme will be The Relationship Between Music and Poetry. There will be refreshments in the meeting room beginning at 10 am.
James Norton, author of the textbook series, "India and South Asia," will discuss the subject of "Is Pakistan Imploding?" at the library on October 16. The discussion begins at 6:30 pm and you may call the library for more information.
We are happy to report that Bill Anderson is out of the hospital and back at his home on the North Bluff. He is slowly making the rounds of the neighborhood, greeting his many friends.
We send birthday smiles to Anita Billings and my grandson Benjamin Alley on October 10, Joe deBettencourt (Oct. 11), Marty Nadler and Alexis Moreis (Oct. 13), Jen Combra (Oct. 14), and Lu Healey and Diane Claussen (Oct. 15).
Enjoy you week and send your news along to me.