Now dawn comes later and prods me awake as ruffles of light peek in around the edge of the window shades an hour before it is time for the alarm to go off. Even the crows that only a few weeks ago were full of enthusiastic cawing, waking the neighborhood with their annoying calls, sound reluctant and unenthusiastic as their harsh calls barely sound across the trees. So summer starts to wind down as the dark also creeps in earlier, and suddenly the days are shorter, as is the time to enjoy the outside. With all the events taking place this week, you will have to move quickly to fit them all in.
The wondrous Agricultural Fair opens this week with many exhibits, side shows, and of course all the games for both young at heart and younger. And those colorful fireworks will once more be shown on Friday night, thanks to the hard work of the Oak Bluffs Firemen's Civic Association members and volunteer firefighters. Show your support for both events the best you can so that these traditions can continue.
You can now follow the M.V. Film Society and the M.V. International Film Festival both on Twitter and Facebook by clicking on the appropriate name. Become a fan and keep in touch with the world of cinema on the Island.
The M.V. Campground and Tabernacle has offered many programs this summer and they just keep coming. Today, Thursday, Aug. 19, at 4 pm there will be a special children's event of Steve Songs in Concert. One of the original members of Vineyard Sound, Steve is the star of "Mr. Steve" on PBS Kids. Wonderful concert for children and adults and no admission charge.
The 175th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of the Camp Meeting on Martha's Vineyard will take place on Sunday, Aug. 22, at 7pm. There will be a MVCMA Historical presentation by Marge Hopkins and refreshments. All are welcome to join in the very special celebration with no admission charge.
Cottage Gardens will be the subject on August 25 at 9:30 am as Alicia Lesnikowski and Thalia Scanlan from COMSOG will be in the Tent to discuss appropriate plants for a cottage garden. And a real farewell to summer as the final Community Sing for 2010 at the Tabernacle takes place on August 25 at 8 pm.
There will be an All-island Kick-off event called "Let's Move Martha's Vineyard" on Tuesday, Aug. 24 (rain date Aug. 25), based on Michelle Obama's National initiative "Let's Move" to get communities involved in stopping childhood obesity within the next generation. The object is to get individuals and families started on a year-long effort to increase activity and perhaps eat a bit healthier.
There are a number of free activities along with our Island chefs' examples of how to fit healthier meals in an affordable easy manner into busy lives. The location will be in Oak Bluffs Parks with Alley Park (formerly Waban) as the central HQ. Activities start around 8:30 am at the Inkwell (Town) Beach with the Polar Bears, followed by Outrigger canoe trials and quick swimming "skill pointers." Alley Park Fun activities, music, and demos are from 1 to 6 pm. Niantic Park Pro Tennis Exhibition, MVRHS Boys and Girls Tennis vs. Town officials, and Tennis "skill pointers" from 10 am to 3:30 pm and M.V. Little League 11- vs. 12-year-olds All Star Game at 6 pm in Veira Park.
Starting August 20 you can see the website for course descriptions and online registration for ACE-MV at www.acemv.org for adult and community education.
There will be early registration at the Let's Move Martha's Vineyard Kick-Off Festival from 1 to 6 pm.
MV's new Flatbread Company is different from other pizzerias in two ways: They use locally grown organic ingredients, and every Tuesday is Benefit Night as the
restaurant donates $3.50 for every flatbread sold between 5 and 10 pm to a local nonprofit
organization. Tuesday, Aug. 24, the proceeds will benefit the M.V. Center for Living. This is a wonderful way for Vineyarders to help their local nonprofits.
The free fitness classes are continuing every Sunday at the Mansion House. This Sunday, Aug. 22, join Island healer, Fae Konjte-Gibbs, as she guides you through her yoga class called "Inner Body Yoga."
So many of us have admired the new Oak Bluffs Firemen's Museum at the four corners by the Fire Station. All of this was made possible by the determination, hard work, and dreams of retired Oak Bluffs Fire Dept. captain Donald Billings, and the late assistant chief, Bill Norton. Many donations were made by citizens and also landscapers, electricians, and other vendors who either donated time and materials or charged the minimum price possible for their services. We all have seen the beautiful results of this cooperation. On Saturday Sept. 4, there will be an open house there starting at 1 pm. There are plans in the works to possibly open the museum two half-days a week so the memorabilia there may be viewed by visitors. They also would love to have any fire department-related objects that you would like to donate.
We send birthday smiles to Terry McCarthy and Richard Mello III on August 12, Nelson Oliver and Shaun DePriest the next day, Russ MacDonald on August 18 and Becky Rogers and my son Dion Alley on August 19.
Enjoy your week.