Oak Bluffs: Foliage and flowers


Now the foliage and flowers are starting to look tired, slouching over as if they have spent the last of their energy trying to survive the recent assaults of winds and rain. The flowers that remain are going to seed, hopefully to replant themselves so their colors can be enjoyed next year. A lot of work remains to be done before cooler weather, trimming shrubs, dividing perennials, and raking leaves. The Old Farmers’ Almanac appointment book always has great ideas and suggestions on its pages, and this week it says that now is the best time to divide irises, lilies of the valley, and daylilies. So I have my instructions in writing, and hopefully I have the ambition and strength to carry them out.

You will have to act fast if you wish to go on the Oak Bluffs Senior Center trip on Dec. 17. This will be a special trip to the North End in Boston at a cost of $80, which will cover the bus fare and lunch at the well-known restaurant Lo Conte’s for a great meal. There will be time to do some shopping and sightseeing, and admire the beautiful holiday decorations and exhibits for which the North End is famous for at that time of year. As the trip is limited to 30, you are advised to call Rose at the Senior Center to save your place. The trip starts with departure on the 7 am boat and then on to Boston. There might even be time to make a quick trip to Walmart in Falmouth before returning on the 6:15 pm boat to the Island.

A new program at the center is the yoga program led by Kat. Every Thursday at 10:30 everyone is invited to participate in this program, no matter what your age. The cost is $5 per session.

The Oak Bluffs library is closing out the month on Sept. 30, at 5 pm, when folksinger Debra Cowan will present a musical program, Women and the Sea: Exploring Women’s Roles in Maritime Songs. There are an abundance of songs that describe the many different roles that women have played in maritime history. Sirens and supernatural women, the women left behind, and women disguised as men are among the themes explored. Debra discusses these roles, and sings examples of contemporary and traditional sea songs in which women are featured as the main characters.

On Saturday, Oct. 10, there will be a Cyanotype Workshop at the library. Kids are welcome from 10:30 to 11:30, and adults from 1 to 2 pm. The exhibit will take place from 3 to 4 pm. And don’t miss the electric car conversion with Steve Solarazza on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 7 pm.

At Oak Bluffs School, there will be a staff professional day on Friday, Oct. 6, and school will not be open that day or on Columbus Day, Oct. 9.

The MVRHS Minnesinger Parents’ Group is sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit this talented group of singers. There will be a dance party at Lola’s with the Boogies (who will be playing 1970s dance music) on Oct. 5 at 7 pm. Along with dancing to great music and fabulous food, a silent auction and cash bar will be available. Tickets are $50, and you may call 508-821-0266 or log on to ticketsmv.com/boogies.

The monthly Neighborhood Convention will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 11 am hosted by the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury. The program will be “Welcoming the Newer Island Clergy,” and the clergy includes the Reverends Eibner, Christian, Berube, and Wright. All are welcome, and each person brings a bag lunch. The host church provides beverages and desserts.

At the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, Yom Kippur services will be held Friday, Sept. 29, 6 to 8 pm, and morning service Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9:30 am to 1 pm. Meditation with Kanta Lipsky from 3 to 4 pm, Yom Kippur Yizkor Service from 4:15 to 4:45 pm, and Yom Kippur afternoon and Neila Service from 4:45 to 7:05 pm, with the final Shofar Blast at 7:06 pm, followed by Community break-the-fast.

Sandra Fisher Thornton has been here from Portland, Ore., visiting family and friends. While here, she housesat for her cousins Kerry and Pat Alley while they were in Nova Scotia. On Saturday last, Sandra enjoyed lunch at Offshore with her sister Maureen Anderson, cousin Megan Alley, and friends Sandra deBettencourt and Wendy Rose. They all enjoyed lunch and sharing stories of past and present adventures. Many laughs, memories and love.

Reviews from the play “Driving Miss Daisy” have been filled with praise for this latest presentation at the M.V. Playhouse. The play runs Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm until Oct. 7.

We send birthday smiles for the month of September to Aidylberg resident Willia Sullivan and Woodside Village residents Eileen McLoughlin, Spencer Hilton, Florence BenDavid, and Emma Goldhorn. Smiles to Grace Vanderhoop, Elyse Madeiras, and Bob Blythe on Oct. 2, Will deBettencourt IV and Marc Hanover on the 3rd, and Tony White on the 5th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.