Oak Bluffs

Ahh — what could be more mysterious than a Vineyard spring? Mother nature seems to be able to give us every extreme kind of weather within the span of two or three days. We have “enjoyed” sun, warmth, rain, cold, and snow in the last few days, so now I guess we just have to wait and see what comes next, knowing it could do an about-face in a matter of hours.

The new Travel Guide of the M.V. Chamber of Commerce has a stunning photograph on the cover of the annual Fireworks Display in “our town.” It is the second time that one of Max Bossman’s photographs has been selected for the cover of the publication. You might want to get a few copies of the guide from the Chamber and send them to friends off Island.

Ken Rusczyk has returned from three weeks in Costa Rica. He enjoyed 11 days in over 90 degree temps on Jaco Beach, a volcanic black sand beach on the Pacific coast that is an international destination for surfers. Ken used the beach for long runs and reading as well as swimming in the 86-degree ocean.

The winners of the 2nd Annual Promising Young Poets of Martha’s Vineyard, sponsored by the Poet Laureate of West Tisbury, Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency, and Pathways Projects Institutes, were Lizzie Kelleher, Claudia Taylor, and Jordan Wallace of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and Jess Dupon of the Charter School. Runners-up: Truda Silberstein (MVRHS) and Oscar Thompson (Charter School). The poets will read their poems on April 6 at 4 pm in the Pebble Gallery at Featherstone Center for the Arts.

On Saturday, April 2, from 10:30 am to 12 noon, the Oak Bluffs Library will hold a Paper Airplane Challenge. Learn how to make one of many cool paper airplanes. See how far yours will fly. If the weather is nice the airplanes will be flown outside on the library lawn. All ages are welcome at this free event.

The Oak Bluffs Candidates’ Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 7 pm, in the Meeting Room at the library. This is an opportunity to meet the candidates for elected offices before we vote on April 14. The selectmen’s race has five candidates for two offices and there are contested races for Planning Board, Finance Committee, and Wastewater Commission as well.

Several young Vineyarders attended the 8th Annual Children, Youth, and Families Summit at Barnstable High School. Held on March 18, this was the first time that the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Leadership Institute participated in this one-day event. For the last year Meagan McDonough has served as representative to the Cape & Islands Youth Congress.

An error in last week’s column stated that the Games Night tomorrow will be at the library. It is the Oak Bluffs School’s annual event and will be held at the school.

We send birthday smiles to Hunter Ponte on Marcy 25, June Manning on the 26th, James Rebello and Hannah Gibb celebrate on the 27th. Smiles to Kailyn Hart on the 28th and also to my favorite “Queen of Avon,” Grace Frye on the 28th, Andy Farrissey on March 29, and Garrett Broadly on the 31st.

Enjoy your week.

Peace.