Oak Bluffs: Everything flowed into place

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The Oak Bluffs Fireworks on Friday last went off with great success. If you saw some of the videos of the park during that time, were you as amazed as I was by the huge crowd in the park? But thanks to the cooperation between many Fire Departments, EMS Officials, and police and Sheriff’s personnel from all over the Island, everything flowed into place without any major problems. Too bad that the government in Washington doesn’t work together as well. August brings more traffic, and comments I hear everywhere is that they have never experienced such an influx of cars and people in all of their years of living on the Island as this August. Patience and the realization that you will not be able to reach destinations quickly, whether that be while you are in line at a store or attempting to drive to the next town, makes things a bit easier. I have actually met some very nice people while in line in Reliable Market, where people converse with strangers and help them out however they are able. That attitude seems to be contagious, as the store always seems to be crowded with smiling patrons. I think their ads should read, ”Come to Reliable Market, the happy shopping zone.“

Meantime the heat has not only dried up many plants and lawns, but it seems that the news has also dried up too. Here are a few bits of happenings that should be of interest.

It seems like we just said that, but the first day of school for the 2019–20 school year is Tuesday, Sept. 3. If that seems early, remember that Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is on Sept. 2. By now parents and guardians should have received a packet from the school which contains important information regarding your student. The school day begins at 8:15 am, so perhaps everyone should start practicing going to bed a bit earlier each night to wean yourselves off summer sleep schedules. 

In the meantime, check out some of these programs that take place at our Oak Bluffs Public Library. Toddler time continues on Friday, August 23, from 10:30 to 11:30 am. There will be songs, rhythm, and stories for kids on the move. Then finish up with a color page and free play.

On Saturday, August 24, from 10 to 11 am, join the story walk from the library to the Flying Horses. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Adult library patrons take note of the program on Saturday, August 24, from 10:30 to 11:30 featuring Laurence Gadd, a publishing executive with over 40 years of experience as an editor, managing editor, and publisher. He is the author of four works of nonfiction, and he will discuss “Lies of War.” It is his first novel, and is the fictionalized diary of F.D.R.’s personal spy, who defeated Germany’s effort to have an atomic bomb and, in so doing, caused the Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe and probably the Cold War itself. He and his wife live in the Berkshires and Martha’s Vineyard with their Labrador retriever, Willie.

To have a delicious pancake breakfast and help fundraise for the M.V. Cancer Support Group, head to the Federated Church Parish House at 45 South Summer St. in Edgartown on Sunday, August 25. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 11 am. The breakfast consists of blueberry pancakes with syrup, bacon, or sausage, and a beverage. Cost is $12 per adult, $6 per child, and $30 for families with children. This event is a Mission Project of the Federated Church, and is their 14th annual fundraising pancake breakfast. All are welcome; for more information call 508-627-4421. 

We send birthday smiles to Erin deBettencourt on August 25, Christine Anthony on the 24th, Ken Rusczyk on the 26th, Erika Bettencourt on the 27, grandson Chris Alley, brothers Andrew and Matt Marchand, and Anne Carmichael on the 28th, and Liz Wilson and Darius Spain on the 29th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.