Oak Bluffs


The rains are going to be our guests for this week, if the weather forecasters are to be believed. But on the plus side, all the grass and foliage is looking so nice and green and we do have the rain to thank for that.

Moments of sun in between brighten our day and bring smiles to everyone. So many activities going on that will keep us busy, but I have a problem trying to fit everything in. I think that somehow during these last few years, someone shortened the length of the days so I never seem to be able to complete all the things I have on my daily to-do list in one day. Now, I am beginning to suspect it is because it takes me twice as long to do half as much as I use to do.

Attention all “young-at-heart” Islanders over 55. Here is a good reason to put your glad rags on. Make plans now to hurry on down to the Oak Bluffs Senior Center on Saturday, June 11 from 6 to 9 pm, when the Friends of the OBCOA will be hosting a Seniors’ Prom. There will be “our kind of music” to listen or dance to, light refreshments featuring the proverbial prom punch, and a photo corner to capture your evening’s walk down Memory Lane. Couples and singles are invited. It will be a fancy night out for all. Call Rose at 508-693-4509 to make your reservations. If your name is on her list you will pay $7.50 per person. If not, you will pay $10 at the door.

Visiting for a few weeks is my sister Joyce Wadsworth from Paso Robles, Cal., who came East to attend the graduation of her two grandchildren, Ashley and James Rebello, from UMass. While here Joyce has been the guest of her former high school classmate and friend Cynthia Schilling.

The Friends of the Tisbury Senior Center are holding a soup luncheon on May 21 at noon at the Center. Come check out the delicious homemade soups and enjoy visiting with new and old friends.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will hold its fifth cultural luncheon on Saturday, May 21, from 12 noon to 2 pm at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. The luncheon will honor The Whaling Wives of Martha’s Vineyard. The program speaker is Vineyard-born mystery writer, Cynthia Riggs, whose tenth book, “The Bee Balm Murders,” was released in April of this year. Cynthia’s great-grandmother, Mary Carline Cleaveland, sailed with her husband, Capt. James Cleaveland on a five-year whaling voyage into the Pacific. Mary gave birth to two daughters during this voyage. For tickets, call MVC4L Director Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440. A musical interlude will be provided by Island musical director, organist, composer Phil Dietterich and vocalist Martha Hudson.

Bob Yapp, long-time Industrial Arts teacher at the Oak Bluffs School is retiring! Please join faculty and friends to honor him and celebrate on Thursday, June 2, from 3:30 to 6 pm at Farm Neck (under the tent). Tickets will be available at the Oak Bluffs School or you may purchase them through inter-office mail. There is a delicious menu planned and weather permitting, those that would like to join in, are invited to follow Mr. Yapp at 3:10 pm as he leads us in one of his famous walks from the school to Farm Neck.

Vendor space is still available at the Down-Island Farmers and Artisans Market at Tisbury Wharf. The market runs on Tuesdays beginning June 28. Applications are available online at www.tisburywharf.com if you click on the Farmers Market poster.

We send birthday smiles to Bob Kinnecom, Keith Crossland, and Jaime and John Pachico on May 20, Annette Moreis on the 21st, Doreen Anderson on May 22, neighbor Kay Manning on the 26th and James Trip and Connie DeFelice on May 26.Enjoy your week.Peace.