Oak Bluffs


One of the roadside views on the Island that we do not want to see is an accident. Sunday morning, a week ago, headed to Vineyard Haven, two mopeds coming around the hospital corner, where so many accidents have occurred, slid around the corner so quickly and unable to stop, tipped over. As if I was observing a slow motion video, there were sounds of crunching plastic and the drivers ended up in the road as the mopeds slid closer and closer to the front of my car. Thankfully they stopped before that happened. This Sunday, I came upon the accident by the Lower Lambert’s Cove Road entrance. EMS, fire trucks, ambulances, and police were all there as well as a completely destroyed car. The lesson here: please, small island, much traffic, stop the speeding.

Fish Fry tonight from, 5–7 pm, at the P-A Club. Not only will you enjoy a great meal with delicious sides, and friendly company, but you will be helping to support a great benevolent society that provides financial assistance to many in need, from students to the elderly.Foxwoods Fans will be happy to know that the Friends of the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging is sponsoring a trip there on August 7. For complete info, please call Rose at the O.B. Senior Center.

The M.V. Chamber Music Society music festival will be an All-Mozart Extravaganza with the spotlight on the extraordinary clarinetist Franklin Cohen of the Cleveland Symphony. There will be two performances: Monday evening: August 5 at 8 pm at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown and Tuesday, August 6, at 8 pm at theChilmark Community Center.

On Wednesday, August 14, Illumination Night begins at the Oak Bluffs Public Library from 3 to 5 pm. There will be a scavenger hunt in the library with prizes, the library will turn off the lights at 4 pm to let the magic begin, and there will be cookies and lemonade for everyone. There are more than 50 parking spaces available and it’s only a short walk to the Tabernacle where you can join in the festivities of the Grand Illumination night at the Campground by taking part in the community sing and be amazed at all the lanterns that decorate the houses and grounds there.

The library would like everyone’s input. Come participate in the Strategic Plan Focus Group meeting and let the library know how it can better serve you. Friday, August 9, you are invited to attend the Strategic Plan Focus Group at 10:30 am and give them your suggestions.

Tonight’s Documentary Thursday film at the library is “House of Bones,” starting at 6 pm. The film is an honest portrait of a family in the midst of grief after the sudden death of the matriarch and with the inevitable sale of the family house on Martha’s Vineyard. There will be a question and answer afterwards with Dolly Campbell, a member of the family.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum, in collaboration with the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, is bringing back a rarely seen historic documentary, “This Is Our Island,” produced by Katharine Cornell and Nancy Hamilton in 1970. The film will be shown on Tuesday, August 6, at the Film Center in the Vineyard Haven Marketplace beginning at 7:30 pm.

There was a wonderful tribute at the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging last Wednesday when the oldest resident of Oak Bluffs, Gertrude Knowlton (101), was honored royally. Over 80 people came to the special luncheon.

August is here and that means that our island cheerleaders are getting ready to support our football programs. The high school program is back with two new coaches, Channon Capra and Sue Costello. The Junior High Program will be lead this year by Kari Scott. Meet the Coaches Night for high school athletes and parents is on August 7 at 6 pm in the high school gym. All current MVRHS students and Junior High students in grades 6 to 8 are welcome,

On Wednesday, August 7, Martha’s Vineyard Camp-Meeting Association presents the Annual Campground Cottage Tour. The tour runs from 10 am to 3 pm with the last ticket sold at 2 pm. Tickets are $25, and proceeds benefit the Tabernacle Restoration Fund. The tour includes visits to the interior of 6 gingerbread cottages, admission to the Cottage Museum, and delicious refreshments. Tickets are available in advance at mvcma.org or on the day of the tour at the Tabernacle. Campground Walking Tours, including an historical presentation and guided tour, are every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am. Gather in the Tabernacle.

The Island Autism Group is hosting its 6th Annual Summer Fundraiser today at the Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown from 3 to 5 pm.

The Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival takes place August 6 through 10. The film festival showcases the works of independent and established African-American filmmakers. For more information, check mvaaff.com.

We send birthday smiles to Sofia McGroarty Sampaio and Garrett Brown today, Nancy Gardella on the 3rd, Tricia Bergeron and Donald Mitchell on August 4th, Joann DeBettencourt and Susan Klein on the 5th, Evamae Magee on the 6th and Ben deBettencourt on August 7. Smiles to those I might have missed and get well wishes to those in need of a healing smile.Peace