Oak Bluffs


Thank you to all the emergency workers that planned ahead for the possibility of disasters due to a hurricane. What a thankless job that sometimes is, especially when the disaster never arrives. But if it had, every one of those people would be getting high praise instead of the few, thank goodness, critical reviews.

We were fortunate that we were spared, and now we are getting closer to perfection in our preparedness for such events. It doesn’t seem as if many people fled the possibility of a hurricane hitting the Island last weekend as the streets were crowded on Sunday, and Monday morning, Labor Day, you could hardly walk, never mind drive, through the streets to shop or whatever you had to do. Soon there will be quite a change, but this wonderful weather seems to make people more reluctant than ever to leave here, and can you blame them?

Today from 6 to 7:30 pm, at the Oak Bluffs library, there will be an artist’s opening and reception as Wilfred Dantis presents his vibrant work in a show titled Images of Haiti. Come and meet the artist. His pictures remain on display through September.

Next Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 10:30-11:30 am: The Poetry Group meets with Brigitte Lent. Enjoy poetry and read your own or the work of others in a relaxed atmosphere. This group meets the third Wednesday each month.

Have you always been interested in taking a “Spinning” class ? Now is your opportunity to try this great workout for free with Spinning instructor and Fitness Director, Brenda Wallis on Sunday, Sept. 12, at 5:30 pm at the Mansion House.

Mary Paula Hunter and her wonderful company of young dancers from Providence, R.I. will be at The Yard Saturday, Sept. 11, at 4 and 8 pm. If you would like more information, please contact The Yard at admin@dancetheyard.org or 508-645-9662.

We know summer is over when all church services for the Good Shepherd Parish of Martha’s Vineyard change to their winter schedule of being held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Oak Bluffs. St. Augustine’s in Vineyard Haven and St. Elizabeth’s in Edgartown are now closed until spring.

There will be a Monday Night Special at the Vineyard Playhouse on September 13 when they present a staged reading of a new play by Alice van Buren — “Ink,” a tale of captivity. In the wake of the great native revolt known as King Philip’s War, a woman who was “captured” must submit her tale on paper for the Puritan leaders. For more information regarding times and tickets, contact the box office 508-696-6300, ext. 21, or e-mail boxoffice@vineyardplayhouse.org

The fifth annual Martha’s Vineyard Film International Film Festival will take place September 9-12. In just a few short years, the festival has become an end-of-summer highlight for many people.

We send birthday smiles to young Ryan Araujo on September 10, Linda Ben David on the 11th, and Emily deBettencourt and Valarie O’Donnell the next day. My daughter Mary Alley celebrates on September 13, Florence Ben David on September 15, and Rick Kelly on September 16.

The Oak Bluffs School, along with all the Island schools, opens this morning. It will be different in many ways with some new students, new staff, and of course a new principal, Carlin Hart. So best wishes and high hopes to all for a great year.Enjoy your week.Peace.