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Oak Bluffs: my first dive

“Hurray, hurray, May Day!” Outdoor fun starts today! –Old Vermont saying

This weekend inaugurates the month of May. Nothing against the month of April which gave us the blossoming of flowers and the beginning of spring, accompanied by a lot of wind and cool temperatures. May just sounds warmer, more summery – fingers crossed! This will be the month I take my first dive, I think…

This weekend also brings back the delightful musical revue Wicked Good to the Vineyard Playhouse. Enjoy a cabaret of vineyard-style music and song with some of the best performers on the island. Shows are Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets to mvplayhouse.org.

On Saturday, April 30, the YMCA is hosting “Healthy Kids Day”. This is a free-for-all event that will include lots of body fun including an obstacle course, climbing wall, bouncy house, and more. Visit it and see all that the Y has to offer, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

We must wish Mary Leddy our congratulations and a big thank you! Mary is retiring from Vineyard Healthcare Access after 20 years of assisting the community with all health and insurance issues. Anyone who had a problem with health insurance (and who didn’t?) could turn to Mary, who would find the answer and help navigate the paperwork. The entire staff at VHCA are fantastic, truly unsung heroes. Located at 114 New York Ave., you can reach them at 508-696-0200.

Down the same alley on New York Ave., you’ll find another community gem, Martha’s Vineyard Community Greenhouse (formerly COMSOG). If you’re unfamiliar with the greenhouse, drop everything and go take a look, you’ll be amazed. Even in winter, it is a place of greenery and beauty. As a member (for only $45 per year), you can pick produce and buy plants all year round. Of course, at this time of year, they are preparing for the season. Soon the greenhouse will be overflowing with everything for your garden – healthy vegetable and herb plants, beautiful annuals and perennials, beautiful hanging baskets. Prices are reasonable and discounted further for members. They always have a wide variety of tomato plants; I can’t wait to choose mine this year! The greenhouse is run by its members, with a board of directors and a small army of volunteers, who do everything from planting and weeding to selling. Toni Kauffman is the Volunteer Coordinator; you can email him if you want to join the team and help the greenhouse grow: [email protected]. Become a member and receive their emails about early sales and other news.

May the force be with you! May 4 is Star Wars Day, the day serious fans are separated from those unfamiliar with Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Boba Fett. How did this day become “Star Wars” day? Although the original film was released in May 1977, it wasn’t until an election in Britain that May 4 became the day. On May 3, 1979, Margaret Thatcher was elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The next day, her political party, the Conservatives, ran a newspaper ad saying, “May the fourth be with you, Maggie!” This phrase resonated throughout popular culture, and in 2013, Disney declared May 4 as “Star Wars Day.” Celebrations take place all over the world throughout the month of May.

At Featherstone, the exciting ‘Joyful Geometrics’ exhibition will be on until May 1, and it will be followed by an annual favourite, ‘The Art of Flowers’. This year, the show will place a particular emphasis on native plants. Community artists can participate in the exhibition in any medium, so grab your camera, paintbrushes or potter’s wheel, be inspired by nature and submit your entry on Monday and Tuesday, May 2 and 3 . The exhibit opens on Mother’s Day, May 8. Call Featherstone for details: 508-693-1850.

The Library Friends of Oak Bluffs meet on Wednesday, May 4, from 2-4 p.m., and welcome new members. Also on May 4, the library offers “Game Night at the Barn” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

To wrap up April birthdays, we’re sending balloon bouquets to Melanie Rivers and Tabitha Clark on the 28th, Beth Glynn and Elizabeth McMahon on the 29th, and Penelope Wong on the 30th. super principal Megan Farrell, both on May 2.

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