Oak Bluffs


Driving early in the morning on the Island in the summertime is rather like waking up. Like the flutter of your lashes when you awake, a few people venture out on foot or bike. Then as only minutes pass, the traffic increases to include cars, more people and more bikes until the town is fully awake and everywhere you look there is movement. The scene changes so quickly, it seems impossible that everything was so serene only an hour before. But that is life and that is summer on this Island.

One week from Sunday, July 22, the annual John and Esther Burgess Memorial Evensong and reception will take place at Trinity Episcopal Church in Oak Bluffs at 4PM. Special music this year will be provided by The Vineyard Sound! Reception to follow on the front lawn of Trinity. All are invited.

The Flying Elbows string band will join Jemima James, Dan Waters, and Al Schackman at the West Tisbury Grange on Tuesday, July 24, as the Tuesdays at Twilight concert series continues. The series benefits the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc., which is spearheading the capital campaign for the West Tisbury Free Public Library.

The First Baptist Church Annual Chicken Barbecue will be held on Saturday, July 2, from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Church on the Corner of Spring and William Streets in Vineyard Haven. Reservations are suggested. The contact number is 508-693-1539.

If you thought libraries were only about books, take a look at what is scheduled for the next few weeks at the Oak Bluffs Library. On Thursday, July 19, at 10 am, Author Becky Loescher reads from “Over on the Vineyard.” Do a craft, too, for ages three and up. On Saturday, July 21 at 10 am will feature Mermaid Stories will be featured. Enjoy a craft and stories with Sheila Mudd Baker. For ages four and up and it is free. Tween and Teen Wii Night is Tuesday, July 3, at 6 pm. For ages eight and up. Free Stuffed Animal Camp out will be on Thursday, August 9, from 10 am to 4 pm. Drop off your stuffed animals on that date by 4 pm. The stuffed animals will camp out with the library staff. Pick up stuffed animals the following morning at 10 am. Enjoy a light breakfast. Follow the camp out on Facebook.Summer Fun Crafts with Nora every Tuesday morning continues through August 28. Theme and craft changes each week. Ages four to six, and parents are welcome to join in. Limit 12. Pre-registration required.

On Friday, July 20, at 10 am Jessica Carroll will lead a sing-a-long with tunes you know and some you might not know but will love. This program is for kids from birth to age 6 and their families. Space is limited. Free. Movie night on Thursday, July 26 starts at 5:30 pm.

July is “Jaws” month at the library. Join everyone for this classic film and “Jaws” trivia contest with prizes!At 4 pm this Sunday, July 22, a Choral Evensong in celebration of the lives of Bishop John Burgess and his wife Esther will be held at Trinity Chapel in Oak Bluffs. Sponsored by St. Andrew’s, Grace, and Trinity Episcopal Churches, the preacher will be The Rev. Mark Bozutti-Jones of Trinity Church, Wall Street, New York Citym and special music will be provided by Vineyard Sound. All are welcome.

Don’t forget one of the most favorite of festivals this summer, The Portuguese Feast at the P.A. Hall. It takes place on Saturday, July 21, starting at 5:30 and goes through Sunday until 5 pm.

Birthday Smiles corrections. Last week two birthdays got erased in the print edition of the Times. So belated smiles to David DeBettencourt on the 14th and grandson Nick Rivers (who accused me of forgetting him) on the 15th. Smiles to Charlene Alley on the 22nd, Aiden and Logan Araujo, Pat Rose, and Richard Cays on the 24th, and Paul Robinson and Joann deBettencourt on July 26.Enjoy your week.Peace.