Oak Bluffs April 15


Spring brings flowers, green grass, more visitors, and, of course, elections. This early evening we should have news of who won the election in town. We do appreciate the willingness and hard work of everyone who ran for office even though it involved so much work, and the winners face even harder work ahead as they take office. Just remember, it also takes dedicated and informed citizens to make democracy work.

Preparations have begun for this year’s Annual Friends of Family Planning Art Show Benefit which takes place May 28-30, Memorial Day weekend. New artists are invited to participate and all mediums are welcome. If you are interested in submitting your work, please call Nell Coogan at 508-687-9052 or email vncoogan@gmail.com to request an application. The deadline for applications is April 16, 2010. Applications will automatically be sent to returning artists.

Heather Hall Holt’s team for the National MS walk on Sunday last was 10th in amount of money raised out of 202 teams from across the state. Great job!

A surprise 95th birthday party for Robert Edwards, formerly of the Highlands, Oak Bluffs, was held April 6 at Wildflower Court, Windemere Nursing and Rehab. The event was organized by Priscilla Warren and Elaine Cavanaro and attended by friends, family and staff. He was especially pleased that his great-granddaughter — Brenna Edwards, 17, from Connecticut — was able to be with him.

A native of Oak Bluffs, he graduated from the former Oak Bluffs High School in 1933 with the prize in mathematics. He returned to the Island in 1980 following a career in marine construction.

On April 9, Skylar Hall went with his father, Fred Hall, to his first Celtics game. He had lots of fun, meeting Lucky (the Celtics mascot) and having his face painted green and white, which got the attention of the television cameras, twice. Fans were asking for his autograph when the game was over. His mom, Helene Hall’s daughter, Jillian, was invited to the Junior Nationals at the Reggie Lewis Center on April 10 for the basketball tournament which was a full day event. Jillian Sedlier and her friend Crystal Miske, who both play Varsity basketball for MVRHS, attended this event together and won all three games. Congratulations, girls.

There will be a Shearing Day event on Saturday, April 24, from 9 am to 5 pm, at Island Alpaca. More than 50 alpacas are scheduled for shearing and public viewing. Bring the family for an hour or two of fun and education. Refreshments will be served. There will be a fee of $5 per person.

On Wednesday, April 21, at 4:30 pm, the Capawock Theatre will have special screening of “E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial.” This screening is to benefit Island Food Pantry. Admission is at least one non-perishable food item.

A reminder that the “Jimmy Buffett Night” benefit for Brenda Lehman will be held this Friday, April 16, starting at 6 pm at the P-A Club in Oak Bluffs. There will be a best Parrot Head Costume contest and a silent auction.

The Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 20, at 1 pm. at the Wakeman Center off Lambert’s Cove Road in Tisbury. The topic for this month’s program is “Integrating Perennials Into Your Landscape” presented by Peggy Schwier.

The annual kindergarten orientation will take place on Wednesday, April 28, in the Oak Bluffs School library from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The kindergarten teachers and staff will provide parents with an overview of the program as they anticipate their child’s entrance in the fall.

The Vineyard Conservation Society will be hosting the 18th Annual Earth Day Beach Clean up on Saturday, April 17, from 10 am till 12 noon. Liz Packer at SBS has invited all the participants to come for a hot dog, music by Phil daRosa, and new baby lambs at SBS after that, and there is also a kids’ raffle for $50 gift certificate to Riley’s Reads. An ad in the MV Times today lists all the beaches. Up-Island has been very poorly attended in the past years, so consider helping out there if you are able.

We send birthday smiles to Mark Baird on April 19 and Gloria Steere on April 23.

Enjoy your week.