Oak Bluffs: Fall cleaning


According to the weather forecasts for this week, it is time to bring inside all plants that would be sensitive to the drop in temperature that is predicted. This advice comes just as my morning glories have started to send out beautiful pink and blue blossoms and my nine hydrangea shrubs have finally produced a total of three blooms. How disappointing to have them disappear so quickly, but at least I can cut the hydrangeas and bring them inside to enjoy. The hummingbirds have already abandoned their feeder and headed south for warmer quarters. But there are many different birds still enjoying the other feeders as much as I enjoy watching their antics. Luckily the cardinals seem to be in abundance, and continue to hide in the shrubs with or without blooms, so they brighten the landscape in the absence of floral colors.

We mourn the death of Greg Packish along with his many Bettencourt and Packish relatives. We send sincere sympathy to his relatives and friends, and especially to his son Steven.

Two events are taking place this Saturday in Oak Bluffs that should aid you In your fall housecleaning projects.

Head to the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services campus in Oak Bluffs this Saturday, Oct. 20, for their semiannual Electronics Disposal Day, which takes place between 9 am and 2 pm. You may recycle your personal or business air conditioners, cell phones, computers, copiers, dehumidifiers, microwaves, laptops, refrigerators, washers, dryers, stereos, scrap metal, and more. Fees are between $5 and $40 per item, and there will be a 10 percent discount for full car loads. The proceeds from this drive will benefit the programs and services of MVCS.

Also on Saturday from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, our Oak Bluffs library will be collecting used books in good condition for its annual summer book sale. Sponsored by the Library Friends of Oak Bluffs, the sale helps finance many of the special programs at the library that so many of us enjoy.

Fossil Day at the Library takes place today from 5 to 7:45 pm. This is an event for all ages, and students are especially welcome. Bring fossils to show to others, or to ask about. Many presenters will display materials and share knowledge, including Joe Leonardo, Betsy Dripps, Wendy Culbert, Robert Culbert, Fred Hotchkiss, and

tenth and eighth grade collectors Jacob and Sam Gurney.

Friday Night Magic: The Gathering Gaming in the meeting room of the library takes place this Friday, Oct. 18, from 6 to 8 pm. Come and play the collectible card game. Different formats will be used each week, and it is recommended for intermediate and above players. Get in touch ahead of time if you are a beginner and want to learn, as instruction might be able to be arranged for you. The game will take place on the first and third Fridays of the month. Game Night at the Barn takes place on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Join the group upstairs for a variety of board games and socializing. They meet weekly at 7:30 pm, and newcomers are always welcome.

“It Takes Two (or Three),” a concert featuring soprano Jenny Friedman and baritone David Behnke, will take place at 2 pm on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the First Congregational Church of West Tisbury. Tickets are available at the door. All proceeds from the afternoon will benefit the FCCWT music program. A reception will immediately follow the concert.

It’s Bring a Guest to Lunch Day for Oak Bluffs kindergarten on Oct. 26 from 1 to 1:30 pm. Guests may purchase lunch using the student’s account, or bring their own lunch.

The sixth annual Trucking M.V. event for the benefit of the Vineyard Montessori School takes place this Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 am to 1:30 pm at the MVRHS, rain or shine. Come see your favorite big trucks and unique vehicles from the Island community. There will be baked goods, face painting, refreshments, photo booth, and raffles. Admission is $10 per child or $25 per family. Parents are admitted free.

We send birthday smiles to Erich Luening on Oct. 19, Nathan Francis, Sage Araujo, and Jeannie Holenko on the 20th, Judy Williamson on the 22nd, Liz Field on the 23rd, Chris Look III on the 24th, and Ann Baird and Addison Blake on the 25th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.