Oak Bluffs


It’s that time or year again when the children head back to school after a long summer break. Now they have to get used to more regulated hours and wearing shoes again. We also are finding parking spaces much easier and less crowded stores and streets. It must be after Labor Day even though the weather has reverted back to hot and humid. Please be aware that there will be many students riding bikes or walking to and from school starting today, so take great care driving to keep our children safe.

On Saturday, September 10, the M.V. Chapter of the Order of St. Luke has invited Barbara McBride to be their guest speaker. The meeting is scheduled for 10 am in the Anderson Room of Grace Episcopal Church in Vineyard Haven. There will be music, prayers and a healing Eucharist. A brown-bag lunch will be shared afterwards.

The next meeting of the M.V. Democrats is this Saturday, September 10, at 9 am at the Howes House in West Tisbury. The speaker will be state senator Dan Wolf who will speak about his experience in the State House and respond to questions from the audience. All are welcome and there will be free coffee.

The Reverend Alden Besse will be the preacher and celebrant this Sunday, September 11, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Oak Bluffs. Rev. Besse retired to the Vineyard in 1990 from his parish in Whitensville. For 15 years he served as Pastoral Assistant at Grace Church and for many years Rev. Besse has been active with the Martha’s Vineyard Peace Council, as chairman and now as co-chair. He is also well-known on the Island for his long-time participation in the annual Crop Walk.

There will be a Beauport-Henry Sleeper McCann House and foliage tour on October 13 organized by the Tisbury Travel Club. It will consist of a trip to see the National Historic Register Henry Sleeper McCann house and grounds in Gloucester. The trip will include a professional on-board historic tour guide who will take participants through the town of Gloucester to see and hear about the many historic sites. The tour includes dining at the Gloucester House Restaurant and a route along the North Shore seawall on Hesperus Ave. The foliage should be beautiful. Please call the Tisbury Senior Center for more info or to sign up for the trip.

On Sunday, September 4, at 11 am, Peter D. Weaver, Bishop of the N.E. Conference of the United Methodist Church, will be the preacher and celebrant at Trinity United Methodist Worship Center’s 11 am Communion.

On Sunday, September 25, Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is hosting a Golf Tournament at Mink Meadows to commemorate their 30th anniversary on the Island. All Island golfers, along with their friends, are invited to register to participate either online at hospiceofmv.org or at 508-693-0189.

The MVRHS Class of 1966 will celebrate its 45th Reunion on October 15 and 16. There will be a gathering at 5:30 at the P-A Club on Saturday, and at 10 am on Sunday at Farm Neck. For more information or to reserve your space, call Herb Ward at 508-693-7683.

Auntie Deb Magiera, one of the helpful pharmacists at Vineyard Scripts, had a wonderful visit a few weeks ago from her three nieces. Highlights included a prize-winning watercolor entered in the Fair entry by her ten-year-old niece, BC. Congratulations.

We send birthday smiles to Ryan Araujo on September 10, Linda BenDavid on the 11th, Emily deBettencourt the next day, my daughter Mary Alley on the 13th, and Florence BenDavid on September 15.

Enjoy your week.