Oak Bluffs: New library programs for Fall


“O sweet September! Thy first breezes bring the dry leaf’s rustle and the squirrel’s laughter, the cool, fresh air, whence health and vigor spring, and promise of exceeding joy hereafter.” So wrote George Arnold, American poet, published in the “Old Farmer’s Almanac” engagement calendar, the source of much information for me. How I wish that September could be as was written above. But I have finally accepted the fact that my physically turning the calendar page from August 31 to Sept. 1 does not automatically result in cooler, drier air, fewer cars and people, and calmer activities. So I am learning to enjoy the moment no matter what the season brings, and have found there are actually parts of every season that bring me joy. Now I am content sitting on the front porch and watching nature’s entertaining performance of birds and butterflies flocking to flowers or feeders, and the cat Doodle, as at last, he too has accepted the painful fact that it is impossible to catch hummingbirds, thus he has become resigned to laze about on the porch rail and just watch them.

The 17th annual NAACP George V. Tankard Jr. Memorial Scholarship 5K Road Race and one-mile fun race looms on the horizon. The race takes place on Saturday, Sept. 15, with the fun run starting at 10:30 am and the 5K at 11. The races start at Summercamp Hotel (formerly known as the Wesley Hotel). Please call 508-693-7887 for more information regarding registration dates and times.

Congratulations to Samantha White Billings and Anthony Piland Jr., who recently became engaged. Samantha is the daughter of Toni and Marc Hanover and David and Anita Billings. Anthony is the son of Mary Lou and Anthony Piland Sr. of Vineyard Haven. Samantha, a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, is employed by the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in the development department and Anthony, a graduate of Bridgewater State University, is a pilot with Republic Airlines. A 2019 wedding is planned.

Dr. Lorna Andrade, health educator for the Martha’s Vineyard branch of the NAACP, announces that there will be a free prostate cancer education session, with screenings, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 15. Meet in the hospital lobby at 1 pm to participate in this program. The AdMeTech Foundation, in collaboration with MV NAACP and M.V. Hospital, is offering this to our male community. As you may or may not be aware, prostate cancer is on the rise. You may Google the AdMeTech Foundation for further data. Faina Shtern, M.D., will discuss the detection, research, treatment, and follow-up necessary.

September brings many new programs to our Oak Bluffs library. There will be half-day kindergarten crafts, games, and a scavenger hunt, Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 4 through 7, from noon until 2:30 pm. On Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 to 11:30 am, kids of all ages can glue shells on a simple cardboard base and make a sailor’s Valentine.

“For All the Saints,” a historical pageant of the Federated Church, is being brought back for encore performances Saturday evening, Sept. 8, at 7 pm, and again on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9, at 3 pm. Written and produced by local historian and dramatist E. St. John Villard, this story uses the actual words and events in the lives of Islanders to bring alive the history of both the Vineyard and the Federated Church. This is a free event, but there will be a goodwill offering to support the preservation of the 1828 Meetinghouse. For more information call 508-627-4421, or email officefederatedchurchmv@gmail.com.

Pause and observe a moment of silence to remember on Sept. 11.

We send birthday smiles to Holly Hawkes and Susan Phillips on Sept. 7, Ryan Araujo on the 10th, and be remembering Linda BenDavid on Sept. 11. Smiles to Emily deBettencourt on the 12th, and my daughter Mary Alley on Sept. 13.

Enjoy your week. Peace.