Town Column : Oak Bluffs
It now takes a week of planning ahead to maneuver through traffic to get to the stores or mail and minor wars could be started over parking spaces or who goes next through four-way stops. Some people are incredibly rude and just when you want to say "Wake me when the scary part is over," other people are incredibly polite and accommodating. Let's all be part of this second group, please. Courtesy not only makes life a bit easier but also much more pleasant even over the rough spots.
Fourteen-year-old Michael Antonio deBettencourt won the Farm Neck Junior Golf Championship in the final match with Christopher Morris. Both boys are skilled golfers so don't be surprised to read more about their golf accomplishments in the future.
The 26th annual Martha's Vineyard Campmeeting Assoc. Craft Fair will be held in the Tabernacle on Saturday, August 8, from 9 am to 3 pm, rain or shine. There is no admission fee and there will be handcrafted items of all types for sale, including jams and jellies, wampum jewelry, note cards, knitted and crocheted Items, wind chimes, ornaments, painted lanterns, Asian paper art, wooden boxes, and much more.
Long-time summer Oak Bluffs resident/artist Bettie Eubanks will open her garden for the second annual Weekend Garden Gallery. A two-day reception is planned for Friday and Saturday, August 21 and 22, from 3 to 5 pm on both days. Ms Eubanks's work reveals her cherished views of the Vineyard, portrayed in jewels of color with a unique glazing technique. The weekend summer gallery is located at 106 County Road in Oak Bluffs.
Oak Bluffs residents Jennifer "Scooter" Campos and Peter Feuchtwanger are welcoming their son, Declan August East Feuchtwanger, who was born on July 19.
Sometimes I get some interesting questions emailed to me. Here are a couple that perhaps someone who reads this column could answer. The questions this week are: can you advise if the shuttle bus on the Vineyard allows large dogs (greyhound) on the bus and wondering if there has ever been a discussion about why the beach in O.B. (otherwise known as the Inkwell) is so rocky? It's like it is never combed. Why is this, when the other beaches on the Island are sandy and clean?
If anyone has answers to these questions, please email them to me and I will put them in the column.
On Thursday, August 13, at 6 pm until 7:30 pm at the meeting room of the Oak Bluffs Library, the Oak Bluffs Historical Commission presents "Revisiting Summer Recreation in Oak Bluffs." Join them for an evening of exploring summer recreation in Oak Bluffs from the 1870s to 1930s. See photos and hear about croquet, bathing, roller-skating, horse racing, biking, sailing, golf, dancing, bowling, tennis, baseball, and The Flying Horses. Share with us your family memories, photos, and artifacts of that time to help us preserve and remind ourselves of our unique history. There is always something to do in Oak Bluffs.
The M.V. Film Society presents two encore screenings of the Island-made movie "Mow Crew," a film by Taylor Toole. This time around they are offering tickets in advance at ticketsmv.com.
A few Islanders found their way on to the big screen and the film score was composed by Islander Brian Hughes. Rod Welles provided technical advice. The two screenings on August 8 will be at the Capawock Theatre.
At the Tabernacle on Friday, August 7 at 8 pm, Patricia Sullivan will present her new book on the NAACP and the Civil Rights Movement. VIP tickets are $150 and general admission is $15.
Then on Monday, August 10, at 7 pm is family movie night at the Tabernacle. Showing is "Hotel for Dogs." There will be a free will offering.
Speedy recovery wishes for Nancy Farrissey and Faye Macy are flying their way.
We send birthday smiles to Sophia McGroarty Sampaio who turned one year old on August 1, Ben deBettencourt and Bob Gatchell on August 6, Sarah Trudel and Danielle Sedlier party on August 10, my daughter Kati Alley and Deb Hammett share August 11, Terry McCarthy and Richard Mello III celebrate on August 12, followed by Nelson Oliver and Shaun DePriest on August 15.
Claire Angell Deren was born at Cambridge Hospital on June 26. She is the daughter of Elizabeth (Wilson) Deren and Kevin Deren of North Quincy. Her maternal grandparents are Susan and David Wilson of Oak Bluffs, and one of her great-grandmothers is Claire Gibson, also of Oak Bluffs.
Please remember that my deadline for the column is the Monday before the Thursday publication, so if you have items you would like me to include, send them no later please that 8 am Mondays.
Enjoy your week. Peace.