Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs: Fun for all ages

Trying to attend all the special events scheduled for this week is like trying to jump off the Flying Horses in the middle of a ride. Illumination brought forth crowds and oohs and ahs...

Oak Bluffs: The crowning touch

I am missing the beautiful hydrangea bushes and other shrubs that used to bring so much beauty to the front of the Martha’s Vineyard Bank’s drive-through building in Oak Bluffs. I don’t know if...

Oak Bluffs: Peek inside Gingerbread Cottages

The weather has been very strange lately, but stranger still is what it seems to have done to my computer and column. Although I emailed it to the Times before I lost power for...

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...

Oak Bluffs: Racing toward August

Amazing, but it is actually July 18. Does it seem that we are racing toward August already? Of course, after the traffic gridlock of the Fourth, everything seems to be racing. But if you...

Oak Bluffs: We survived the 4th

Now the melody the birds sing at night is a different tune than the one they sing in the morning. Their nighttime song is slower and softer, and seems to be beckoning them in...

Oak Bluffs: Forever grateful

Happy Fourth of July, or Independence Day, America. Will you celebrate this holiday, or observe it? Lately a lot of the books I have been reading have been about occupied countries during World Wars...

Oak Bluffs: Summer kicked off for real

Update: The Red Cross has notified us that they made a typo in the announcement regarding the blood drive. The drive at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs on July 2 is from 11:30 am...

Oak Bluffs: Don’t stop reading, kids

The summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer, is tomorrow, June 21. What will we do with this longest day? We can celebrate the late...

Oak Bluffs: Celebrate good fortune

“The heart of a father is an assemblage of all the tenderest sentiments of nature.” A quote from Antoine François Prévost d'Exiles, as found in my favorite Old Farmer’s Almanac Calendar. Although it’s from...

Oak Bluffs: How lucky are we

Statistics say that soon senior citizens will make up the majority of the population of the town. But not to worry. I was just thinking of the many services already in place to help...

Oak Bluffs: Fragrance of lilacs

If you read the Oak Bluffs column on May 23rd, you might have been puzzled as to why it seemed so full of Chilmark news. But not as puzzled as I was when it...

Oak Bluffs: Memories of Memorial Day

Now the fragrance of lilacs brings back memories throughout my yard. It was always an omen of Memorial Day approaching, and still brings the same reminder to me. This day means different things to...

Oak Bluffs: A happy, laughing time

Well, there are only so many words you can use to describe rainy weather, and after the past few weeks, I have used them all. We are encouraged by hints of sunshine in the...

Oak Bluffs: Summer is almost here

We are slowly pushing toward the warmer weather, with many interruptions of rain and cold, but the spring bulbs bravely hang on to their petals to give us hope of better days coming. My...

Oak Bluffs: Spring cleaning

The town is bustling with yards being cleaned up from winter debris; even the beaches were cleaned last weekend. Buildings are being remodeled, painted, reshingled, and upgraded to a brand-new look. The birds are...

Oak Bluffs: Gio’s opens

Hopefully May will be a wee bit sunnier and drier than April was, because as of Monday, we had only 12 days of sun for the entire month. If April showers bring May flowers,...

Oak Bluffs: Signs of spring

Our spring weather seems to be gaining over the cold winter as the warmth of the sun shines a bit longer each day, with just enough rain to encourage plants and foliage to reappear...

Oak Bluffs: ‘Tis the season for politics

I would say that the departure of March was a tie between a lamb and a lion. We had a beautiful lamb-like day on Saturday, with the sunshine and warm temperatures, but then the...

Oak Bluffs: We are an Island after all

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...