Town Column : Oak Bluffs
I am running out of different ways to describe the rainy weather. It just goes on and on, but I have to say the Nor'easter we are experiencing on this Monday, as I am writing this column, is something that we would really appreciate in late August when we are up to our necks in heat, humidity, and drought. And even though it seems impossible, the days are now starting to get shorter.
The school and community said goodbye to second-grade teacher Betsy Gately last week. Betsy is retiring after 35 years of teaching at the Oak Bluffs School. She began working at the old school in 1973 starting as a reading teacher, and then on to grade two. She initiated projects and undertakings that still continue, including the Food Pantry donation program, the annual plant sale, whale watches, and the clothing exchange
Betsy, who possesses an operatic voice, as well as talent on the piano, has performed annually at school talent shows, and community meetings. Some of my children and grandchildren were fortunate enough to have had her as their teacher. She will be so missed but we congratulate her on her retirement and know that she will be as busy as ever.
The movie night on Thursday, July 2, at the Oak Bluffs Public Library will be a new DVD release on a large projection screen, a mystery/suspense film based on an international best-selling novel by Harlen Coben.
The movie runs from 6 to 8 pm and popcorn and beverages will be served. Please call the library to learn the movie's title.
On Saturday, June 27, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, bowling returns to Oak Bluffs. There will be a brief slideshow and presentation about the historic bowling alleys of Oak Bluffs before bowling starts at 2:45 pm.
Play a board, card, or classic game from their huge selection while you wait. Free snacks and community fun, and one lucky bowler will win a free gift card.
Oak Bluffs Public Library kicks off its 2009 Summer Reading Program, Starship Adventure at your Library, and Summer Children's Book Club on Thursday, July 2nd from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. The July children's book club pick is "The Problem with the Puddles," by Vineyard author Kate Feiffer, with illustrations by Tricia Tusa. Ms. Feiffer will be on hand to introduce the book and will check in with readers throughout the program. There will be a cake in the shape of a cloud and a puddle jump to celebrate the start of this summer's reading program. The program is free and open to all children on the Island.
Congratulations to Ginny and Dick Bauer who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The Bauers chose to celebrate this milestone on the Island, as that is where they first met over 50 years ago.