Town Column : Oak Bluffs
Here we are almost completing the second week in August and the list of up-coming events is still amazingly long. The Tabernacle has been especially busy this summer and here is the schedule for the next few days. On Thursday, August 13, at 4 pm there is a special children's event: Steve Songs in concert, a PBS Kids favorite and original member of Vineyard Sound. There is no admission charge.
Friday, August 14, at 7:30 pm come and enjoy musical words by Craig Crawshaw. This is a modern musical performed by Children and Fun Family entertainment. There will be a free will offering. Livingston Taylor will perform a special concert on Saturday, August 15, at 8 pm.
Come and enjoy lobster rolls at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on August 19, from 5 to 7:30 pm for the bargain price of only $13 and will also include chips and a large drink. This sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging. You may eat in or take out this meal and then afterward stroll to the campgrounds to enjoy an Island tradition of over 100 years, the Grand Illumination and Community Sing, which will take place at 7:30 pm.
Friday Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on August 14 from 10 to 11:30 am will feature Bob Hayden who will describe the upcoming Black Inventor's Showcase which will be held at Union Chapel on August 21 and 22. This exhibit is sponsored by the Institute of Black Invention and Technology, and is especially, but not exclusively, directed at young people.
At the Oak Bluffs Library on Friday, August 21, from 3:30 to 4:45 pm, two engineers from the organization, Engineers Without Borders, will speak about their project for the village of Nioni in Mali, Africa and their supporter Tappan Heher. Nioni has suffered flooding and water contamination due to a lack of septic. Disease and suffering has resulted, but these issues are now being addressed by the following organizations: Engineers Without Borders, The Rotary Club, and the American Ambassador. The installation of a village septic system is being planned. This event is being sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Peace Council and the Martha's Vineyard Friends Meeting (Quakers) and will take place in the library's meeting room.
Back by popular demand is the presentation Australia's Undersea Mysteries: The Great Barrier Reef to Tasmania. The program will be in the meeting at the library on Tuesday August 18, from 6:30 until 8 pm.
Friends and visitors from all over the Island are invited to worship with the West Tisbury First Congregational Church when the Rev. Raphael Warnock will be the preacher on Sunday, August 16. Mr. Warnock is now the senior pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, home church for the Rev. Martin Luther King.
At the library on Saturday, August 15, from 2 to 4 pm, Asa Gordon, executive director of the Douglass Institute of Government, will present the program: A Civil Action to Democratize the Electoral College. This lecture will provide a historical context and report on recent developments. The Civil Action seeks a federal court order for proportional allocation of a state's presidential electors to reflect the popular vote split for presidential candidates in states without a "winner take all" provision in the state's election law.
We send birthday smiles to Russ MacDonald on August 18, My son, Dion Alley, and his cousin, Becky Rogers on the 19th, and Betty Blankenship and Marilyn Wey on August 20.
Enjoy your week. Peace.