Oak Bluffs: Real hot and humid days


Things change so quickly, don’t they? Especially the weather, which switched from fall-like air to rain showers, and now to real hot and humid days. The beaches are crowded, and so are the streets, especially down by Farland Square, where all the passengers from SSA vessels to the Island Queen funnel down to that one area before going to separate destinations. But this is what we think about all winter: that we will have a busy summer and before you know it, it will slowly come to an end.

Good Shepherd Parish of Martha’s Vineyard is having a yard sale on August 1. The sale will take place at St. Augustine’s parking lot at 56 Franklin Street in Vineyard Haven from 8 am to 2 pm. If it should rain, the sale will be inside St. Augustine’s Hall at the same address.

On July 28, Tuesdays at Twilight at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury will present Spotlight on Youth, a concert showcasing the Vineyard’s best new musical talent. Performers range from fifth graders through high schoolers, and have been chosen by their music teachers as the most advanced, talented, and hardworking young singers and instrumentalists on the Island. Doors will open at 7 pm, and the concert will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the West Tisbury library. Tickets are $15 for adults and half-price for kids 12 and under. This concert is sponsored by the West Tisbury Library Foundation, and all proceeds go toward supporting the West Tisbury library. The Art Cliff Diner food truck will serve dinner from 6 to 8 pm on the Grange grounds. For more info, check wtlibraryfoundatioun.org.

The opening of the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival is on Friday, July 31, at 5:30 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. The opening of the festival features a dialogue between two high- profile journalists: Ta-Nahisi Coates and Michelle Norris. Tickets for the event can be purchased at bookfest.bpt.me.

The annual book sale at the Oak Bluffs library will take place on Thursday, July 23, and Friday, July 23, from 10 am to 4 pm and on Saturday, July 25, from 10 am to 2 pm. There will be a wide assortment of books, CDs, audio books, and DVDs, all available at pleasant prices. The sale is sponsored by the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs to help support our library.

Saturday last, Dori and Tim Clark of Oak Bluffs hosted Tim’s parents, Lorraine and Richard Clark, for a party to celebrate Lorraine and Richard’s 60th wedding anniversary. The couple’s four children planned, organized, and carried through with a wonderful celebration. Their children, grands, and greats, and many friends, gathered to witness this popular couple’s renewal of wedding vows. Great food and company outside on that beautiful afternoon, under the shade of the tent, made for a perfect Saturday-afternoon party.

It seems impossible, but the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services annual Art Buchwald Possible Dreams Auction is now in its 37th year. The auction will be held on Sunday, July 26, at Winnetu Oceanside Resort. Gates open at 3:30, and shortly after the dreams begin. Tickets will be available at the gate for $25 or online at mvcommunityservices.com/possibledreams. Proceeds from this auction support the many programs offered by Martha’s Vineyard Community Services that continue to assist so many people in numerous ways. So by attending, you might not only fill your dreams, but help fulfill the dreams of others.

Our library is offering a series of music programs. OB Live, featuring the Martha’s Vineyard Spirituals Choir, takes place on Thursday, July 30, at 6:30 pm. Jim Thomas leads the choir, and also provides historical context for the slave songs.

Looking for a bargain and a delicious meal also? A complete chicken dinner will be served at the First Baptist Church Parish House in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, July 25, at 6 pm. The menu includes chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, cornbread, and baked beans, with beverage and dessert. Tickets are $15. Eat in or takeout. Reservations are suggested. For more info, call 508-693-1539.

We send birthday smiles for the month of July to Woodside Village residents Albert Hutchenson, Russell Marsden, Barbara Nolan, Joyce Dodge, Douglas Searle, Jon Moore, Edwin Lapiene, Myna Araujo, Betsy Tierney, Robert Shelton, Raphael Shai, Howard Harrison, Neis Sjostrom, and Merrianne Sharpe. Smiles to Aiden and Logan Araujo, Pat Rose and Richard Cage on the 24th, Paul Robinson on the 26th, Travis Bernard, Rachel Barrett and Denise Alwardt on the 29th, and Heather White, Ashley Medeiros, and Luke dePriest on the 30th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.