Written by Mathea Morais and Louisa Hufstader
Saturday marks the 36th year that Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs gets blocked off from end to end for an easy-going street fair. Tivoli Day is a day to celebrate all the hard work of the summer and to welcome in the coming of the beautiful Island fall.
The fun kicks off bright and early with a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. at United Methodist Church's Trinity Parish Hall. $8 adults, $5 kids 12 and younger gets a breakfast of pancakes and sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee and juice.
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Circuit Avenue businesses will open their doors, lining the street with end-of-the-summer sales and outdoor dining from local restaurants. Island musicians including Phil DaRosa and Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish will be playing throughout the day.
At 4:30 p.m., the third annual Jena's Ring Challenge gets underway at the Flying Horses. This fund-raiser supports the Jena Pothier Flying Horses Scholarship Fund, in memory of the 18-year-old victim of a fatal 2009 car crash on the Vineyard.
Registration for the Ring Challenge, in which riders vie to snatch the most rings as they circle, is $10 for each of four divisions:
- Mini Junior: 8 and younger
- Junior: 9 to 15
- Adult: 16 and older
- Professional: "Any age, you know who you are."
Will you be going to Tivoli Day this year? What's your favorite part? Tell us in the comments.