Oak Bluffs: The annual spring migration has begun


The annual spring migration to the Island has begun. First to appear were the snowbirds who dared to venture from their warm residences in the South and come here to a somewhat cooler climate. This week has seen the migration of students from all over the States, home from their studies at colleges here and abroad, along with young adults who sought employment at various winter resorts. The third migration takes place in a few weeks, when the summer residents, tourists, and visitors arrive to enjoy our summer activities and events. This migration has been taking place forever, though on a much smaller scale. So soon we will be welcoming thousands of people as they arrive to enjoy for a short time what we are so fortunate to enjoy year-round.

The Vineyard Museum’s latest exhibition is aptly titled “Teeth.” Tisbury School art teacher Julie Brand began creating “scrimshawed teeth” with her third graders out of kiln-fired clay earlier this year. This inspired the students to learn more about scrimshaw from the past. Working with Museum Education Director Ann DuCharme, the students researched the many ways teeth have been used over the years, and the stories they tell. They visited the museum, and were able to handle teeth from the museum’s collection. “Teeth” will showcase a variety of teeth from the museum’s collection, including an entire set of sperm whale teeth still attached to the lower jaw. “Teeth” will open on Friday, May 15, with a reception from 5 to 7 pm in the Museum Galleries. Admission is free to all, and the exhibit will be open through June 10.

Please take note that the annual Musical May Tea at the First Baptist Church parish house in Vineyard Haven, scheduled for May 16, has been canceled.

Sad news this week of the death of Charles Downs. Charlie was the oldest of six children of Charles Downs Sr. and Peg Downs. His father was a former principal of the Oak Bluffs School, and superintendent of Island Schools. He was active in sports and musical events during our high school years, and leaves many long-term friends. Condolences to his wife Gaynell and his three sons.

Congratulations to Krista Renee BenDavid, the daughter of Mel and Rene BenDavid. Krista underwent her rite of passage when she received her white coat at the University of New England on May 2. Krista is enrolled in the Physician’s Assistant program at the university, and completed a year of grueling study and classroom work. Her brother Alex had the honor of pinning her, and now she goes on to another year of clinicals all over New England in different areas of study.

A delicious reminder that spring also brings the return of Grace Church lobster rolls every Friday, beginning tomorrow. You can purchase your treat between 4 and 7:30 pm: lobster roll, chips, and beverage for $17; hot dogs are $3, and a slice of pie is $4. For info and advance orders, call 508-693-0332.

Paul Robinson of Oak Bluffs, who just completed his freshman year at Bridgewater State College, will be a familiar voice this summer. A son of Jen and Cliff Robinson, Paul will be the public address announcer for the Sharks baseball team. Great work, Paul.

The Chamber Music Society will hold their Spring Concert to celebrate National Chamber Music Month at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Sunday, May 24, at 4 pm. Come to the concert on Memorial Day weekend to hear the music of Brahms, Rontgen, Bernstein, and Bruch performed by the trio of Kelli O’Connor on clarinet, Scott Woolweaver on viola, and Delores Stevens on piano. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the afternoon of the concert.

Interesting programs at our Oak Bluffs library this month include a nutrition lecture on Tuesday, May 19, at 6 pm. The subject will be the healthiest diet for people and the planet, with Lino and Jane Stanchich. This is a free event. Don’t miss the 8mm Film Night on Thursday, May 23, at 6:30 pm. Watch vintage films including sports, travel, and more, and enjoy popcorn at this free event.

Children have not been forgotten in library plans, as they will enjoy a Seed Planting program on Saturday, May 23, from 10 to 11:30 am. This event is for children ages 2 and up; they will sow seeds in little pots that can sprout on windowsills.

The incoming kindergarten visiting day for Oak Bluffs takes place this Monday, May 18, from 11:45 am to 1 pm.

We send birthday smiles to Andrew Farrissey, Louise Dahil, and Heidi Jardin on May 18; Bob Kinnecom, Keith Crossland, and Jaime and John Pachico on May 20; and Annette Moreis and Vivane Destefani on the 21st.

Enjoy your week. Peace.