Oak Bluffs


Now that the summer solstice has passed,  we are going to face gradually shortened daylight hours.  Seems much too soon. The weather was beautiful, for the entire weekend. Unfortunately,  on Saturday our neighborhood was disturbed by a small but very vocal party that started in the early afternoon. It ended up being an hours-long party involving amplified music and so-called conversation, where the participants seem to have a vocabulary  limited to four-letter words beginning with the sixth letter of the alphabet. I hesitated to call the Police, knowing they have so much to deal with but finally called the non-emergency number and the Sheriff’s Department responded immediately and soon Oak Bluffs Police officers were handling the problem. They were professional and calm and things settled down. They encouraged me to call again if there were any more problems. It was necessary for them to make three more trips, the last at 3:45 am before the party  was “quenched.”  So kudos to the  Sheriff’s Department and our Oak Bluffs Police Department for responding so promptly and professionally to a very tired lady for a non-emergency situation on what must have been a very busy weekend for them.

Joe Vera of Ocean Avenue was pleased to have his six daughters and their partners and his six grandchildren spending the last three weeks visiting him at his 1868 Victorian home on Ocean Avenue. His home was the first house built by the Oak Bluffs Land and Wharf Company and was constructed by Rasmus Carpenter of Foxboro who was the lead developer for the company. Mr. Vera also shared a bit of history when he told me that his grandfather Frank Vera was an Associate Judge at the Edgartown District Court in 1933. Thank you for that added information that I wasn’t aware of.

How busy is our library?  Well, take a look at the following scheduled events coming up. On Tuesday, July 1, at 6 pm the U.S. Coast Guard will give a presentation on boating and water safety. Meet members of the Coast Guard and a Q&A period follows along with refreshments.

Meet MV Sharks Baseball players and participate in a mini-clinic on Wednesday, July 2, at 11 am. Question and answer time, autographs, ticket raffle, Sharky the mascot and refreshments will round out this fun program.

Movie and Trivia Night on Thursday, July 3, at 5:30 pm features an annual “Jaws” trivia contest and screening. Test your knowledge and enjoy fun games before the movie. There will be prizes and refreshments.

 A documentary screening and panel discussion about shark conservation when the award-winning film is shown will be on Saturday, July 5, at 12:30 pm. This is for ages 13 and up as there is graphic content. Refreshments.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, July 1, at 11 am will start with Ben & Bill’s ice cream and a good book. Sign up for summer reading program. All ages welcome.

Meet Nancy Purnell at an artist’s reception on Saturday, July 5, at 10:30 am.

The summer Mass schedule for Good Shepherd Parish starts this Saturday, June 28 and runs through August 31. There will now be nine Masses each weekend, but be sure to check the website www.goodshepherdmv.com  for the exact times and locations as much has changed.

The M.V. Museum’s summer Discovery Days programs are right around the corner. Starting July 1, programs will take place on the Edgartown campus every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 am to 12 noon. The programs are specifically tailored to engage kids aged 5–12. Themes include harpooning, lighthouses, tie-dye totes, portrait painting, scrimshaw, herbs, Japanese brush painting, block printing, boats, and more.  Reservations are required for all programs, and space is limited. Call Kate at 508-627-4441, ext. 110, to reserve. Classes are $15 for Museum members, $20 for non-members. Reserve three classes, and get the fourth free. Visit mvmuseum.org for specific program descriptions.

Tonight forget cooking supper and head to the P-A club for another fabulous fish fry. You may eat in or take out from 5 to 7 pm. Did you know that the P-A now has live music every Saturday night, starting at 7 pm? A special chicken dinner will be served on July 11 from 5 to 7 pm as a fundraising benefit for Johnny Ollen.

Many of you have probably seen Fr. Edward Beck on national TV or perhaps attended one of the many summer missions he has led for Good Shepherd Parish. A reading of his new play, “Sweetened Water,” will be staged at the Vineyard Playhouse in Vineyard Haven on Monday, July 7, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Playhouse box office or online at vineyardplayhouse.org. Seating is limited and all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit theater.

We send birthday smiles to Ashley Andrews and Leanne Giordano on the 28th, Abbey Grace Marchand, Donna Leon, and Jim Maseda on the 30th, Madeline Alley on July 1, and Rahmal Hopkins and Deborah DeBett Ratcliff on July 3.

Enjoy your week. Peace.