Oak Bluffs: The Magic of Summer

“Because a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about.” -John Mayer

I know summer isn’t everyone’s favorite season, but it is mine, and it always has been. Even 40 years of living in MV hasn’t reduced my love of summer! Sure, there are things to complain about. Traffic lines make running our errands more difficult and make us late for everything. Too many people running around and forgetting their manners.

But: the morning sun glistening on the water, the beautiful hydrangeas and beach roses blooming, the afternoon sun lighting up the bandstand in Ocean Park, the sunset picnics on Eastville Beach. Oh, and the fireflies lighting up the patio! I’m in love with summer, and no line cutting or driving the wrong way is going to change that for me. Everyone stay cool, be nice, and enjoy the magic of summer!

The people who have a right to complain in the summer, in my opinion, are service workers. Whether you’re working in a restaurant or hotel, or behind the counter at the post office, grocery store or grocery store, or in a tent kitchen preparing food for hundreds of people attending a charity event or wedding, is working with superhuman strength. and endurance, not to mention patience and tolerance. I’ve been there for many years, and I know what it takes. Congratulations to you!

The A Long Talk: Community of Change event takes place at Dennis Alley Park (Waban Park) on Saturday, August 6, from 12-4. There will be speakers, music, games, and food.

Cannes Can Diversity Collaborative (CC:DC) will bring “Inkwell Beach Cannes Takeover” to the park from August 9-11. CC:DC was created in 2017 to address the lack of diversity in the advertising and marketing industry. This global initiative has created marketing education and training opportunities for young people who may not have found such options. This event will bring speakers from across the industry and the world.

On August 10, Union Chapel’s Charles Ogletree Public Forum Series presents “The 1619 Project: Race and History.”

The popular Tabernacle Craft Fair is on August 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Every time I miss this, I regret it, so put it on your calendar! That night, the Moth returns to the Tabernacle at 7:30 pm. The Moth is a mecca for fans of storytelling – it never fails to entertain and inspire.

In case you didn’t know, the Oak Bluffs Open Market takes place every Sunday in Washington Park (across from Our Market) from 9 to 2. You can buy local produce and flowers, original art and jewelry, food specials and vintage items. Find It even includes music by John O’Toole from 12 to 2. For more information, call 508-939-1076.

Ocean Park Sunday Concert Series presents Missus Biskus on August 7, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Island Grown Initiative’s Summer Lunch Program aims to provide access to fresh, healthy meals during the summer break from school. IGI offers free lunch for families on the island, Monday through Friday through August 19. Lunches include sandwiches, burritos and pizzas, served with fruits and vegetables. These lunches are available to all families on the island. Pick up locations are MVRHS and West Tisbury School from 11:30-12:30. For more information or to volunteer, 508-687-0352.

On Tuesdays it’s time to dance! CnC Productions is back with “Old Skool Dance Café” at the PA Club every Tuesday at 9pm. This is a dance party, with DJ SmoothB, so put on your dancing shoes and plan the fun.

Little Tim, where are you? Featherstone “Uke Jam” is August 4 from 5-6:30 pm. Come learn to play the ukulele in a relaxed and fun environment. Bring your uke, banjo, guitar or mandolin and join the group.

On Sunday, August 7 at Featherstone, the opening reception for the new exhibit “Imagine: Celebrating Black Female Creativity” will be from 4-6 pm. This exhibit brings together works by historical and contemporary African-American women artists, in various media, from painting to collage to jewelry. Curated by Adrienne L. Childs, the exhibition will be open until September 5.

Please note the time change for Musical Mondays at Featherstone: Beginning August 8, with the Mike Benjamin Band, music starts at 6 pm. On August 10, the outdoor movie will be “La La Land” at 8:30 (but you can get there early for a pre-show picnic).

Get ready to howl: the next full moon is on August 11. More on that next week!

Kicking off our August birthdays, we celebrate Barack Obama, Freedom Cartwright and Zach Martelucci on the 4th. Happy Birthday to James Franklin Blue on the 5th and Ezra Agnew on the 6th. 19 balloons to Kaya Seiman on the 7th! Also celebrating the 7th are Tom Crohan and Tonya Katz.

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