Town Column : Oak Bluffs
I think that by now most of us have had occasion to use the new Lagoon drawbridge. At the Sunday morning coffee hour at our house, passed down to us from my late mother-in-law, all of the 10 plus people who came in and out that morning for a quick cup of coffee and stayed for long conversations, agreed that they thought the bridge quite adequate and rather attractive to drive over. And once again the question came up of, "Why is it temporary?" Many theories were presented but no good answers. Perhaps someone can explain, once again, why we are going through this extended process of building, demolition, re-building, and one more demolition.
Ruthie Metell and Betty Rose came up with answers for my question last week regarding Noepe Hill. Of course it is the hill going out of town via Circuit Avenue alongside of Hiawatha Park. Both ladies had fond memories of fun-filled sled rides down the hill after long winter snowstorms.
ACE MV Adult and Community Education announces a couple of programs set for February. On February 2 the cooking class will feature Korean Side Dishes with Jeisook Thayer. It will be one seminar at MVRHS from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Then on February 9 is Manicure Workshop with Cathy Nee, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at MVRHS. You must pre-register for either seminar at 508-693-1033, ext. 240, or write email@example.com
There is a call for artists to participate in the Art of Love Show: Kiss, Kiss, Hug, Hug Revisited on February 14 through March 5 at Featherstone Center for the Arts. Artwork is needed by Thursday, Feb. 11. Winter/Spring Classes begin February 1. They include Abstract Art, Beading, Book Illustration, Ceramics, Digital Photography, Drawing, Felting, Illustration, Knitting, Native American Flute, Piano, Painting, Poetry, Print Making, Quilting, Scrapbooking, Sculpture, Songwriting, Stained Glass, Stencil Making, Tapestry, and much more. Check out their website: featherstoneart.org, or call 508-693-1850.
The Park Commissioners will have a public input session regarding the Brick Bathhouse Historic Renovation on Monday, Feb. 1, from 5:15 to 5:45 pm in the Council on Aging building. The architect will discuss preliminary plans for the Bathhouse. There will also be a very preliminary discussion about the surrounding welcome area. This is a joint project of the O.B. Park Commission, Board of Health, and Historic Commission and is funded by the Community Preservation Act and the town of Oak Bluffs.
The Martha's Vineyard Women's Network Winter E-Newsletter Edition is coming soon and the deadline for articles is January 29. The Winter Newsletter is coming out February 17.
Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Jan. 29.
The Oak Bluffs School honored the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. at Friday's Community Meeting. At the all-school assembly, organized and conducted by the eighth grade in the gym that morning, students and staff were provided with a selection of dreams which reflected Dr. King's life and work. They also watched Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech of 1963. The program concluded with the entire school singing "We Shall Overcome" led by music teacher Brain Weiland.
We have received news the Rev. Phillip Davignon, a former curate on the Island, was struck by an auto last Friday and severely injured. He is recovering but remains a patient at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Be sure to show up for the Oak Bluffs School Annual Talent Show, which will be next Friday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 pm. This is always a very entertaining night and you will be greatly surprised by the amount of talented individuals who participate.
Movie night at the Oak Bluffs Library on Thursday, Feb. 4, will be a special movie presentation of a newly released DVD. Abbie Cornish and Ben Wishaw star in a drama about the love life of poet John Keats. Rated PG, the movie runs from 6 until 8 pm.
A series of free classes for beginner and intermediate computer users will be offered at the Oak Bluffs Public Library this winter. Sign up today to improve your computer knowledge and skills, learn how to use Microsoft Word and Excel, and discover new Internet search tools and techniques. Space is limited for the classes; please call 508-693-9433 and speak to a library staff member to reserve your seat. The computer classes have been made possible in part by a generous donation from the Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank.
We send birthday smiles to Charleanne Corrigan who turned 96 on January 27, Michael Edward Perry III on the 29th, followed by Otis Rogers on the 30th. Bethany deBettencourt and David Madeiras will both celebrate on the 31st and Noah Hoyt and Judy Searle share February 1. Little Emma Williamson will party on the 3rd, my grandson Matt Rivers on the 4th, followed by Maureen Anderson on the 5th. On February 6, Kelly Irene Pacheco, the youngest Pacheco at Reliable Market, will have her first birthday.
Enjoy your week and send news along to me.