Oak Bluffs: Each season brings its own beauty

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Labor Day has come and gone swiftly, and we all seem to have made it through the summer once again. The hummingbirds are still happy at the feeder, and the other birds, and the pesky squirrels, are enjoying the seed at the other feeder. Now the flowers are fading, but into beautiful fall colors, so they continue to bring beauty to the eye. Each season brings its own beauty. 

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” This from a 1903 Labor Day address given by Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th U.S. president. I wonder how many people realize that today. 

They are back! All those students who were hidden away at beaches, camps, and elsewhere are now back at school, so please be aware that they are going to be riding bikes, running, chasing balls and each other, sometimes into the roads, and waiting for school buses along roadsides. In other words, just doing things kids do, but please drive carefully and keep everyone safe.

Hopefully the predicted weather for this coming weekend goes way out to sea as the ninth annual Martha’s Vineyard Wind Festival will again be in Ocean Park on Saturday, Sept. 7, with a rain date of Sept. 8. There will be free kitemaking for kids from 10:30 to noon, and adult flying competitions take place from 1 to 3 pm. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome. For details, check out the website at mvwindfestival.com.

Track season begins shortly after school. All forms are available on the school website. Please keep in mind that all students will need a current physical to be eligible to participate.

The Oak Bluffs School PTO will hold its first meeting of the school year on Monday, Sept. 9, in the school library. The meeting is from 6 to 7 pm, and all are welcome. Please email EOliver@mvyps.org if you would like to reserve childcare during this meeting.

The Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club will again be providing an afterschool program starting on Monday, Sept. 9. You may register online at mvbgclub.org. The $20 membership fee includes the afterschool program.

The library will offer free kayak safety lessons, taught by Island Spirit kayak guides, on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9:30 am to noon at the First bridge on State beach. Please register at the library for the event, which is for patrons 10 and up who are comfortable in the water but would like advice on how to stay safe in a kayak.

On Sept. 10 from 4 to 4:30 pm, join video instructor Fumiko Takatsu, creator of Face Yoga Method, and tone your faces the same way we tone our bodies. Face yoga is a completely natural alternative to antiaging remedies. By practicing a series of facial exercises, you can learn to tone the muscles beneath the facial skin and increase facial circulation and blood flow, which results in a more youthful and radiant complexion.

Tivoli Day in downtown Oak Bluffs is Saturday, Sept. 14. Visit the Library Booth downtown on that day, where children can decorate their own paper pirate hat while supplies last. The Federated Church in Edgartown would like everyone to know that starting Sept. 8, their church service time is changed to 10:30 to 11:30 am with the Rev. Dr. Charlotte Wright and music provided by the church choir under the direction of Peter R. Boak, minister of music. All are welcome.

We send birthday smiles to Skylar Hall on Sept. 6, Holly Hawkes and Susan Phillips on the 7th, Ryan Araujo on the 10th, remember Linda BenDavid on Sept. 11, and Emily deBettencourt on the 12th.

Enjoy your week. Peace.