Oak Bluffs: Hot time at the parade

In spite of the overpowering heat of the last week-end, the Holy Ghost Feast and parade did happen. Hundreds flocked to the Portuguese American Club in Oak Bluffs on Saturday night and enjoyed the many food offerings including the sopa, which I am sure warmed them up even more. The high temperatures did not stop couples from dancing and enjoying the bands and music. Sunday morning the parade was delayed a bit due to the heat and for the first time in anyone’s memory, the marchers were transported to the feast by buses, trucks, and cars because it was not safe to be walking in the heat. But the siren sounds of fire trucks, police cars, EMS from all over the Island and other mobile vehicles echoed throughout the streets and the parade slowly made its way through the streets to its destination. The authentic Portuguese dancers still mesmerized observers, the auction went on, delicious food was consumed, many games were played and the heat did not stop tradition from continuing in our town and island.
There have been so many wedding and baby showers in the news these past two month that it must be April instead of summer. This time the honored couple were David and Erica Stamus. Bill and Doreen Anderson, David’s parents, hosted the shower at Farm Neck Café where 20 friends and relatives raised their glasses to the couple in celebration of the upcoming birth of their baby boy. A delicious meal was enjoyed, and as the couple were in Boston, thanks to technology, the entire celebration was viewed on FaceTime as an iPhone was placed on the table with everyone speaking their good wishes to the soon to be parents. Doreen reminded everyone that I was the hostess at her baby shower, for her son Billy back in the day. And so the cycle is complete.
The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse’s production of “The Winter’s Tale” will continue to be performed at the Tisbury Amphitheater through August 11. Enjoy this our-of-doors play on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and also on Sundays, August 4 and 11 at 5 pm.
Community Services was started in 1961 and was created because of the realization that mental health providers, including psychiatrists, were nearly non-existent on the Island. Dr. Milton Mazer was recruited to come here and was the first psychiatrist with a practice on Martha’s Vineyard. As part of the Federated Church’s Community Partner’s program, Juliet Fay, Director of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will be the guest speaker on Sunday, July 28, following the 9:30 am service. She will discuss all of the programs available to all at this free event and will answer questions regarding many of the new services that have been added. This organization has provided services to all of us over the years and with continued support it will continue. For more information call 508 627-4421 or e-mail: officefedratedchurchmv@gmail.com.
The All Island Annual Art Show will be opening at the Martha’s Vineyard Campground Association Tabernacle on Monday, August 5, running from 10 am to 3 pm. This Art show has been operating since 1958 and provides a venue for both amateur and professional Island artist to display and sell their woks. It is a great outing for both Islanders and visitors to see and purchase some wonderful works of art at reasonable prices. Registration is the morning of the show beginning at 8:30 am. In case of rain the show will be moved to August 6. More information regarding the show may be found at https://allislandartshow.wordpress.com or at the MVCMA office.
We send birthday smiles to Paul Robinson on July 26, Travis Bernard, Rachel Barrett and Denise Alwardt on the 29th, Heather White, Ashley Medeiros and Luke dePriest on the 30th, Bernie Crossland on the 31st and Sofhia Sampaio and Garrett Brown on August 1st.
Enjoy your week. Peace.