Oak Bluffs: Kicking off the summer

“Spring never warms us until May, / The sea breeze is the reason.” –Kate Taylor, “Shores of Paradise”

I heard this beautiful song by Kate Taylor on the radio yesterday morning, and this sentence surely rang true, because we were waiting for this spring to warm us up. We were rewarded Sunday with a perfect beach day. Yes, I took the plunge, along with a few other Oak Bluffs polar bears, some of whom have been diving since April. Sunday we dived and played in the water for almost 30 minutes, and even new friends joined us and became polar bears. What a great way to prepare for Memorial Day and the start of summer!

The holiday weekend will bring the influx of people we collectively seem to love and hate. I love the fresh new feeling of Memorial Day weekend: the shops and restaurants cleaned and ready, the harbor bustling with boats and people, the frisbees flying in Ocean Park. Nancy’s, Coop’s, Lobsterville and all of our favorite places for people watching, cocktails and fresh seafood will be open. Yes, there will be more traffic. But after living through this winter of building roads everywhere, maybe we will all be a little more used to being patient?

Memorial Day weekend activities include the 5K Memorial Road Race & Fun Run to benefit Hospice & Palliative Care of Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday, May 29. You can run or walk the course from Ocean Park around East Chop and back. I have participated in this race several times and it is a fantastic experience. This year will be the first in-person race since 2019. Register at RunSignup.com, or in person at the Summercamp Hotel on Saturday, May 28, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Fun Run (for children and families) starts at 9:30 a.m., the 5 km race starts at 10 a.m. All proceeds will directly support Hospice – let’s do it!

Congratulations to our new Chief of Police, Jonathan Searle! This was national news, as Sgt. Searle was in the movie “Jaws” with the famous line “He made me do it!” In addition to his movie fame, he is also a highly respected police officer and community member, and we welcome him!

Sharon and Bill Engler are proud to announce that their daughter Rose is graduating magna cum laude from Brown University this week. Rose, who was top of her MVRHS class of 2018 and an MV Youth Fellowship winner, will earn her bachelor’s degree in public health and return to Brown Medical School to begin her studies to become a cardiovascular surgeon. Before doing that, she received an Entrepreneur Fellowship from Brown to spend the next year launching COAD, a digital healthcare startup she created to improve community healthcare, across the country. She will be based in Providence while she builds the business. Rose has an exciting future ahead of her; we will support its success!

I took a drive to the Native Earth Teaching farm the other day and picked up a dozen fresh local eggs – so delicious. We also have a local egg source at Oak Bluffs, at Red Hill Farm on Elisha Lane: $6 for a dozen, and well worth it.

The MV Agricultural Society has some great programs coming up. On June 3, you can learn about beekeeping in a virtual show from 12 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. On June 4, learn how to grow perennial vegetables with IGI, and in the livestock barn of the agricultural room from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a “Meet the farm animals” with the 4-H Club $5 children/$2 adults.

The greenhouse is overflowing with tomatoes, peppers, squash, eggplant and more. They have 80 varieties of tomatoes, all described on their board with details on germination time, hardiness, size and flavor. The nights are now warm enough to plant, so check what they have. You can even check out their plant inventory online if you want to plan ahead.

Happy birthday to Heather Boyle on May 26! Our favorite Shakespearean actor, professional clown and outfielder, Liz Hartford, will be celebrating at Nashawena Park on May 27th. May 28 sends birthday wishes to Patti deFelice and Mary Yancey. On the 29th we celebrate the wonderful Mrs. Porterfield, Stacey Morris Porterfield. On the last day of May, send balloons to Melanie Bilodeau, Sarah Shaw Dawson and Lacey Dinning!

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