Oak Bluffs: We are an Island after all

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Islanders reacted with grief and immediate offers for help after the disastrous barn fire at Flat Point Farm in West Tisbury last Monday morning. The ancient barn and over 70 animals perished in the fire at this working family farm. It’s been owned by the Fischer family for many generations, and it brought memories of happier times to many people throughout the Island. The founder, West Tisbury Fire Chief Arnie Fischer, was always most welcoming to everyone. Each year the Island Fire Departments held a picnic along the shores of the pond. I remember when my husband would receive a call from Chief Fischer telling him, “The oysters are here,” so we would head to the farm with a mess of scallops and exchange them for oysters. My grandson Marques, his wife Sarah Fischer Rivers, and their children live in the original farmhouse on the property, and it was so heartbreaking for them all to witness the loss of the barn and animals they had all helped care for. But as spring returns each year bringing new growth, money has been raised, livestock and feed donated, and plans for a potluck fundraisers have already been set, so the farm will be reborn with new growth. We are an Island after all, not rival towns, united in sharing loss, compassion, and assistance.

The political season is reaching its peak, and Bill Vrooman has also entered the race for the Oak Bluffs finance and advisory committee as a write-in candidate. Bill, who is the current chair, also informed me that there are three openings on this committee, not just two, as I had said last week. So you may vote for three candidates, with your choice of those whose names are printed on the ballot or writing in the name of another candidate.

And here is a reminder that the League of Women Voters is sponsoring a forum for candidates for local office in Oak Bluffs tonight, March 28, at 7 pm in the Oak Bluffs library. This is your opportunity to listen to statements from the candidates, and a chance to answer questions.

On Friday, March 29, don’t miss the Oak Bluffs School 2019 STEAM night. Enter from the parking lot entrance to get your passport of activities. Classroom

activities are from 5:30 to 7 pm, and the raffle starts at 7 pm in the cafeteria. You will be able to learn about the STEAM activities that take place in K through eighth grade classrooms.

Head to our Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Saturday, April 6, for the 24th annual Health Fair. There will be free activities, screenings, info from health providers, and giveaways for the whole family. The Health Fair takes place from 8 am to noon.

The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse has some great entertainment planned for the last few days of this month. On March 29 is the play “White Rabbit/Red Rabbit,” and on March 30 and 31, Shakespeare for the Masses.

The monthly meeting of the Neighborhood Convention will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at 11 am. Grace Episcopal Church will host the meeting. Margaret Penicaud will speak about the Martha’s Vineyard Haiti Fish Farm Project. All are welcome to attend, bringing their brown bag lunch, with the host church providing beverages and dessert.

All seventh and eighth grade girls are invited to Alexandra M.M. Gagnon Day, to be held at Airport Fitness on Saturday, April 6, from noon to 3 pm. Spend the day relaxing while learning how to be healthy and happy. Wear sneakers and comfortable clothing, and enjoy cooking, yoga, strength training, and skin care. RSVP to 508-696-8000.

On April 5, Alex’s Place at the Y in Oak Bluffs presents “Sabrina in Concert,” with special guests Don Groover, Erich Luening, and Rose Guerin. Doors are open at 6:30, 7 and 9 pm. This show is for all ages, and open to the public. Tickets are available at the door for $10.

We send birthday smiles to Garrett Broadley on March 31, April 1 is shared by Robin Meader, Tyson Araujo, and Sandy Moreis, smiles to Richard D. Combra on April 2, my great-grandson Nicholas David Rivers on the 3rd, and Heather Hall Holt on the 4th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.