Oak Bluffs

My yard and gardens were starting to get that end of August look — wilted, so dried and cooked — but then happily the rains came so they are reviving. However I think the insects got more pleasure out of my one tomato plant than I will get as a large tomato caterpillar and his wife and two children chewed their way to the very top and ate it off along with sampling a few tomatoes along the way before I noticed them.

Congratulations and welcome back smiles to Carlin Hart who has accepted the job of principal at the Oak Bluffs School. He will be a familiar face in September greeting faculty, parents, and students.

How would you choose to spend your 80th birthday? Perhaps a quiet dinner or a movie would seem fitting. Well, Beverly Brush, a resident of Windemere, will be celebrating her 80th birthday on August 6 and she has decided she wants to go for a biplane ride. Happy birthday Beverly, and have a great flight.

Today at the Campground are many events to keep you busy. At 10 am there will be a repeat of the Bicycle Safety Clinic with the Oak Bluffs police. Officers from the police will conduct a workshop featuring Bike Safety inspections; a discussion about “rules of the road;” and other topics of bicycle safety. The event will be on Siloam Avenue, which will be blocked off for the event, just off Dukes County Avenue. Then from 3 to 5 pm,Teen Challenge will be witnessing and performing at the Tabernacle.

Reminder that on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 8 pm, Marty Nadler will perform his “Very Vineyard — 2010” comedy review of life on the Vineyard.

The M.V. Center for Living will hold its summer bazaar and fancy fleas event on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 9 am to 2 pm at the MVRHS parking lot, featuring local and off-Island vendors

Every fall the Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club awards five businesses and/or organizations in each town with a certificate for the most beautiful window boxes orlandscaping. The beautification awards project is once again in full bloom as the Garden Club town vice presidents take note of the window boxes adorning the business establishments on the main streets of the Island’s downtown areas.

A repeat presentation of “From Wreck to Rescue: The Story of Captain Levi Jackson and the Mertie B. Crowley” will be held on Friday, Aug. 13, from 7 to 8 pm in the Parish House of the Federated Church in Egartown. Herb Ward, great-grandson of Captain Levi Jackson, will again tell the story of the brave fishermen who risked their lives to save 14 souls, and received Carnegie Medals for their bravery and heroism.

Family Movie night at the Tabernacle on Monday, Aug. 9, at 7 pm will be “Kung Fu Panda.” All are welcome. Free will offering. Please bring a nonperishable food donation for the Island Food Pantry.

And here is your chance to view the insides of those interesting Campground cottages: Wednesday, Aug.11, from 10 am to 3 pm is the Annual Campground Cottage Tour. Visit and tour six different cottages.

The 19th Annual M.V. Rotary Club’s Pancake Breakfast will be this Sunday, Aug. 8, from 7 am to 1 pm at the Anchors in Edgartown. This raises funds to support many Island organizations such as the food pantry, the new hospital, and the Boys and Girls Club.The M.V. Film Society movie at the Tabernacle on Tuesday, Aug. 10, will be “Alamar.” The movie starts at 8 pm.

We send birthday smiles to Ben deBettencourt on August 7, Ken DeBettencourt and Bob Gatchell on August 8, Daniel Sedlier and Sarah Trudel on the 10th and Deb Hammett and daughter Kati Alley on the 11th.Enjoy your week.Peace.