I am on a plant-only diet. With all those beans in my tummy, you won’t be surprised to learn that when I recently walked over to see my friend Bob Coe, I couldn’t keep my eyes from looking across the way at the old Ahoma Inn. The Ahoma Inn was a favorite eating place for East Choppers of old.

The main structure of the Inn is currently owned by Lucy Axtell and John Porter. As you face the Inn from the Meleney/Coe home, there are two cabins on the right owned by Steven Slocum and Ann Young, which were part of the Inn, and Polly O’Leary’s house on the left, which is where employees were housed.

Sue Collinson grew up at the Inn. Her parents, Barbara and Chesley Smith, bought it from Flora Jordan, the last innkeeper, in 1960. In speaking with Sue about it, she was pleased that so little has changed. “The current owners have done a wonderful job in preserving their parts of the Inn.”

My wife Lyn loved the blueberry pie ala mode best. She also loved it when Joan Potter was their waitress. Joan remembers feeding visitors and then sending them across the street for a performance at the Rice Playhouse. Joan also remembers fondly a few of the bus boys who held summer jobs there.

For those of you who have just arrived on the Island, here are some upcoming events that have come to my attention. The Beach Club will host two special events for kids—a movie night on August 9 and a Teeny Bopper Dance on August 13. The third Tin Man Triathlon will be held on August 5. Contact Cyndee Dennehy for more details. There will be a ladies night on August 7, which includes cocktails and dinner.

The Tennis Club will host the Olympics of the Mind on August 4, a game night featuring pictionary, trivial pursuit, scrabble, and a pot luck supper. Contact Mary Woodcock for more details. There will be a dinner dance on August 11 with a sign up date of August 5. A kids round robin is held every Monday night, which includes pizza, dessert and lemonade. In addition to the August tournaments, Davis Cup will be held on August 25.

At Featherstone, there is a Flea and Fine Arts Market every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.. This event features vendors and artists. In addition, the open reception for artist program has three events planned for Sundays in August: Preston Sampson 4 to 6 p.m. on August 5, David Brown, Zen of Stone, 4 to 6 p.m. on August 12, and Washington Ledesma, The Art of Flight Ceramics Show, 4 to 6 p.m. on August 26. Classes on a wide array of artistic endeavors (pottery, ceramics, abstract painting, watercolor, photography, printmaking) are scheduled throughout August. Featherstone will hold an appreciation day in Oak Bluffs on August 6 to help residents become familiar with their many offerings. For more information about the appreciation day or any of the activities listed above, contact Featherstone at 508-693-1850 or check their website at featherstoneart.org.

Finally, for those of you who have an interest in the New Testament, I will be presenting a lecture series on “The Writing of the Christian Gospels” at the Oak Bluffs library. The dates are August 8,9, 15, and 16. The time is 7 p.m., and the lectures will last for one hour. I hope to see you there.