Town Column : Oak Bluffs
The Oak Bluffs selectmen will participate in the Fourth of July parade in Edgartown this year in pedi-cabs, a first.
Youngsters are invited to show their town spirit and pride by joining them on bicycles, appropriately decorated for the celebration, and display signs saying "Proud to be from O.B." If you wish to participate, meet at 4 pm at the Edgartown School to line up before the parade commences at 5 pm.
The Avenue of Flags will again be on display at the Tisbury Oak Grove Cemetery. Volunteers are asked to come to the cemetery at 7 am to help put the flags up and then again at 3 pm to take them down. There are well over 400 flags now in honor or memory of Veterans. Thank you to all who make this display possible and the greater gift so many gave so that we are able to celebrate this day in freedom.
Local author Tom Dresser will give a book talk at the Oak Bluffs Library on Thursday, July 9, from 6:30 to 7:45 pm on his latest book "In My Life." This is a coming-of-age tale set in the 1960s that takes place in a small New England town. Come to the meeting room at the library to enjoy Tom's fascinating talk about his book. Refreshments will be served.
Zambia is Us - a concert for Zambian women, orphans and disabled children will take place on July 16 at Union Chapel. The 8 pm concert will be preceded by a 7 pm silent auction. Tickets are available at Alley's General Store, Aboveground records, Island Entertainment, Tickets MV, or at the door.
On June 24, the Oak Bluffs Fire Department attended story time at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. Firefighter Ray Moreis and paramedic Peter Tennant spoke to the preschool children about fire safety and showed the equipment that a firefighter wears. Later the children went out to the fire truck that was parked in front of the library. They asked questions about the truck and sat in the front seat and pretended they were firefighters.
For the third year in a row, the Edgartown Federated Church will have chowder suppers to support the Island Food Pantry. Suppers dates are July 9, 16, 23, and 30 and August 6 and 13, at the parish house, 45 South Summer Street, Edgartown. The cost is $8 for adults, and $5 for children, and includes a cup of chowder, a salad, tea or lemonade, and a chocolate chip cookie. Suppers will be served from 6 to 7:15 pm.
There is a busy schedule for the Tabernacle this summer. The first Community Sing was July 1 and will continue every Wednesday during July and August at 8 pm. The Island Community Chorus is in concert on Friday, July 3, at 8 pm. On Monday, July 6, at 6 pm, there's a potluck supper. All are welcome. Bring a dish to share. Tuesday, July 7, at 7:30 pm, is the Rev. Dennis Moon's religious story-telling, entitled "Hope in the Half-pints." Appearing on Thursday, July 9, at 8 pm is Wild Christ group. On Friday, July 10 at 8 pm, the Tibetan Monks of Drelung Loseling Monastery will perform "The Mystical Art of Tibet: Sacred Music, Sacred Dance," and on Saturday, July 11, at 7 pm, the Millennium Gospel Choir will appear. And that very special Illumination Night is August 19.