Oak Bluffs: Tai Chi


Another busy Columbus Day weekend has gone by and we were fortunate that, at least for two of the days, the weather was sunny and enjoyable. Oak Bluffs was busy with so many events —  the annual get together along the boardwalk of the beach where hundreds of visitors enjoyed a potluck lunch, the race on Sunday that started in front of the Wesley House, and, of course, the Sunday Open Market in Washington Park. The flower beds around town are as beautiful as ever and only their changing colors give a hint that summer has concluded and we are now into our fall season.

On Saturday Maureen Anderson, Sandra deBettencourt, and myself headed up to Aquinnah at the invitation of my daughter Kati Alley, who is vacationing for a week there. The three of us, along with Wendy Rose, who could not attend, are still getting together once a week as we have been for over 40 years of friendship. What started out as a weekly knitting group evolved over the years into more of a support group as we traversed through life’s many paths of marriage, children, grandchildren and greats, new lives, death, and loses.  We lost two of our group along the way with the passing of Joanne deBettencourt and Linda BenDavid, but our mission of support and friendship has never veered from its unconditional support and love of each other, no matter what the circumstances. So on that beautiful Saturday we drove to Aquinnah, sometimes so engrossed in our discussions that we bypassed turn offs, but we eventually ended up at our destination at Lobsterville Beach camp. There my daughter Kati had prepared a marvelous luncheon for us and we enjoyed an afternoon of sun, butterflies, and sharing of remembrances, laughs, and memories of many events as we relaxed in the sun. A perfect day with family and friends.

It’s that time of year again: fall parent-teacher conferences are coming up. Parents may go to the Oak Bluffs School website and access the scheduler to set up their own appointment times. The scheduler will be open to parents Oct. 16 at 8 am and then closes nine hours before the appointment time. “Specials” teachers are not in the Pick-A-Time system, but parents may contact them via e-mail if they wish to make an appointment. Conferences will be held Oct. 24 from 3 to 5 pm, Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 pm, and Oct. 30 from 1 to 5 pm. School will be dismissed at noon on those dates.

Clean out your attic, cellar, house, office or whatever as now is the time to get rid of all your old electronic equipment. Electronic Disposal Day will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services campus across from the MVRHS. Air conditioners, cell phones, computers, copiers, dehumidifiers, fax machines, microwaves, monitors, laptops, kitchen appliances and more can be taken to the disposal day at a fee of between $2 and $30 per item. There will be a 10 percent discount for full car loads. All fees collected go directly back to the community through the incredible work of MVCS and the event is sponsored by Bruno’s.

More opportunities to assist you in your fall cleaning are available as once again they will be collecting used books at our Oak Bluffs library. Used books in good condition will be collected at the meeting room at the library on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. The books collected during these drives fund many of the programs we all enjoy at our library.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society will offer a free concert on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 pm. This concert at the West Tisbury library will feature the works of Bach, Beethoven, and others with violin and cello duets. It should be a peaceful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Quick reminder that today is Fossil Day at the Oak Bluffs library from 4 to 7:45 pm. It is a free drop-in and mingle event open to all ages.

The annual Fall Festival at the library will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 10 to 11:30 am.

It is pumpkin themed this year, with fall games, making of pumpkin crafts, and delicious pumpkin treats. It is sure to be fun for the entire family.

Interested in practicing Tai Chi?  All skills are welcome at Tai Chi and Tea, a free program at the library every Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30 am. All skills are welcome to attend this program held in the meeting room of the library.

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary offers a morning meditation and Labyrinth Walk on Tuesdays through October from 8 am. This program is free with sanctuary admission. Come see what the labyrinth has to offer as you are guided through this seated and walking meditation.

Birthday smiles to Marty Nadler and Alexis Moreis on Oct. 13, Jen Combra on Oct. 14, Diane Clausen on Oct. 15, Renee Balter on Oct. 16, Rich Mello Sr., Janice Duart and granddaughter Kayla Bryn deBettencourt on Oct. 17, Vincent Frye and Fritz Knight on Oct. 18, and Erich Luening on Oct. 19.

Enjoy your week. Peace.