Oak Bluffs


Weren’t we lucky this past week with beautiful weather, which made for great attendance at the four-day fair, Illumination night, and according to all reports, “the best fireworks display ever.” Can we top this?

The biggest news for this columnist and Alpine Avenue residents this week occurred on Saturday afternoon when President Obama attended a reception hosted by Professor Charles Ogletree at his home which is only two doors down from our home. When I observed a small crowd gathering at the corner, consisting of men, women, children, babies, and American flags flying, I knew it couldn’t just be a neighborhood ballgame in the making. So down we strolled and waited. We never did see the president, but heard all the cheers when he arrived and saw his van. Then as we went back to the house and sat on the porch, we had a bird’s-eye view of his departure a while later. It was quite an experience and we got a chance to meet many of our great neighbors who, like many Islanders, had disappeared for the summer. Everyone was very good-natured in spite of the fact they didn’t get a close-up view. and it was not at all political, which made it a pleasant afternoon’s diversion.

Remember those wonderful kite festivals of many years ago. Well, save the date of Sunday, August 28, and come to Ocean Park to enjoy the Wind Festival. Ages 11 and under will participate from 2 to 3 pm, followed by the 11- to 16-year-olds from 3 to 4 pm, and adults will try their skills from 4 to 6 pm.

At Dennis P. Alley Park there will be a Frisbee competition from noon on. There will be a kite-making station and many prizes to be given out. Featherstone Farm will be holding a luncheon party the previous night at 6 pm with ticket admission, to kick off this “breezy” celebration.

Trinity Episcopal Church in Oak Bluffs is pleased to welcome back the Rev. Canon Edward W. Rodman as celebrant on the next two Sundays, August 28 and September 4. Canon Rodman is the John Seely Stone Professor of Pastoral Theology and Urban Ministry at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge.

The Boston String Quartet will be performing at 7 pm on Sunday, August 28, at the Chilmark Church on Menemsha Crossroad, August 28. Come and listen to beautiful music and enjoy a peaceful evening to close out your hectic summer activities.

The second annual Potters Bowl takes place under the summer tent at Featherstone Center for the Arts on August 28 from 4 to 6 pm. There will be live music by Phil DaRosa, and visitors will be asked to purchase bowls made by Vineyard ceramic artists at $30 for one person or $50 for two people. The price includes soup and bread will be provided by Rickard’s Bakery. Beverages and dessert will round out the meal. Bring your friends and dine under the tent at this wonderful setting.

Amy Morgan, native of Edgartown and now of Marlboro, is spreading the word to the MVRHS Class of 1986. It’s time for the 25th high school reunion! Save Columbus Day weekend, October 7–10. The exact date and location is still to be determined, but we will inform our readers of the latest updates in this column. To reach Amy, please call 508-612-5780, email at amorgan@advocatesinc.org or find her on Facebook.

Once again Jim and Pam Butterick are delighted to open their home for the 5th Annual Evening of Music on the Lagoon. From 6 to 8 pm, on September 4, come and hear pianist John Gorman play classical and romantic selections, while sipping wine, enjoying appetizers, and watching the sunset over the Lagoon on this final Sunday before Labor Day. Spend this lovely evening at 359 Barnes Road, Oak Bluffs and your tax-deductible donation will directly benefit the restoration and ongoing maintenance of the 1895 Hook and Hastings pipe organ at the historic Federated Church in Edgartown. For information, email antispung@aol.com.

We send birthday smiles to retired OBFD Chief Nelson Amaral and Ken Rusczyk on August 26, brothers Matt and Andrew Marchand on the 28th, Pam Melrose on August 30th and Nancy Giordano, Sean Flynn, and Leslie Phillips share the 31st.

We are saving the biggest smiles for Betty Blankenship, who celebrated her 100th birthday on August 20, and Alice Rose who will be 101 on August 29. What amazing women.Enjoy your week.Peace.