Oak Bluffs


Sunday past was my idea of a perfect summer day: sunny, not humid and just a hint of a breeze to keep you comfortable. It was also the best day possible for the MVRHS graduation. Congratulations to all those students and their parents. Enjoy the new journey you are embarking on. It goes by so quickly.

Don’t forget to fly the American Flag proudly on Flag Day, June 14.

If you love to go out to breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning but are discouraged by the long lines and long wait for a table, here is a pleasant alternative for you. Our local Portuguese-American Club is serving breakfast on the 3rd Sunday of every month, starting June 16, from 8:30 to 10:30 am. This is a fundraiser sponsored by the P-A Benevolent Committee which is the club’s charitable branch and supports, scholarships, food baskets at holiday times. and many other acts of kindness.

Sunday is Father’s Day and to those of you lucky enough to still have a father or father figure in your life, please take time to let them know what they mean to you.

Liz Cornell wants to let the friends and family of her late husband, William Blakesley, know that on June 21, Bill will be remembered at a memorial service at the Trinity Church in the Campground at 2 pm. There will be a Power Point presentation of his art, and beautiful music provided by, among others, MVRHS senior Nathanial Horwitz playing the harp, and Aceda Kriecller playing classical violin. Aceda is Liz Cornell’s granddaughter.

Friday last, Farm Neck Café was the setting for a Jack and Jill bridal shower for Sarah Neubert and my grandson Marques Rivers. Family members and many friends from all over the Island gathered to celebrate the couple’s up-coming marriage on July 5. Even the weather got into the spirit of the event as rain showered down by the bucket load leaving everyone wondering if they should have arrived by boat instead of car.

On Saturday, June 15, at 1 pm, at the Tabernacle, there will be a concert by the Merrimack Valley Ringers. One of New England’s premier handbell choirs, now in their 11th season, the Merrimack Valley Ringers are an auditioned community handbell ensemble devoted to sharing the art of hand bells and hand chimes with everyone. MVR’s members delight audiences with their infectious joy. The sounds of the handbells will be quite amazing in the Tabernacle! Everyone is welcome. A free-will offering will be taken, with the donations going to the Ringers. The Ringers will also be performing a concert on Friday night (June 14) at 7:30 pm at the Congregational Church in West Tisbury.

Here is a reminder that on Thursday, June 13, there will be a Concert of Early Music at the MV Hebrew Center at 7:30 pm in Vineyard Haven.

The Oak Bluffs Library is hosting Piano Jazz Trio on Tuesday June 18, at 5pm. Leslie Stark will present 17 uncut original tracks from the greatest jazz piano trios ever.

The Summer Opening Party for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum will take place on Friday, June 14, rain or shine, from 5 to 7 pm at the Museum in Edgartown. It is free and open to all. The exhibit Ladies of the Sea, which presents the art of Nan Tull, Rose Treat, and Laura Jernegan, may be seen through August 17 . The Spotlight Gallery will feature the Hardy record covers and music through the end of July.

For one night only, Tuesday, July 2, at the MVRHS Performing Arts Center, Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen, will perform in A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters.” They appear for benefit of The Vineyard Playhouse’s on-going capital fundraising campaign.

We send birthday smiles for the month of June to Woodside residents Louisa Luening, Ann Hearn, Suzanne Walker, Agnes Bryant, Samuel Drake, and Joseph Amil. Smiles to Maryanne Alwardt on June 13, Gerry Moriarity on June 14th, David Debettencourt on the 16th, and Jane Maseda, Tony Lima, and Sharon Mello on the 19th and Pam Swan. John O’Donnell and my husband, Dennis Alley, celebrate on June 20.Birthday Smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those in need of a healing smile.Enjoy your week.Peace.