Noteworthy events

Dance and sing with ACC

The Aquinnah Cultural Center (ACC) will host a fun and interactive daytime community event this Friday, August 20. From 11 am to 3 pm, Emma Mills Brennan and Kitty Hendricks-Miller, both Mashpee Wampanoag, will lead Ancient and Contemporary Wampanoag Music.

Come to listen, join in on a song, or participate in a round dance with good company in the center of the beautiful and historic town of Aquinnah. Ms. Brennan makes her own flutes and composes her own music and Ms. Hendricks-Miller will display the water drum and rattles used in Native music since ancient times. The ACC is located at 35 Aquinnah Circle. For more information call them at 508-645-7900 or visit them at wampanoagtribe.net.

Unearth the Edgartown library

Mary Jane Carpenter will share her knowledge and research in a free public talk on the history of Edgartown’s Carnegie Library building at the Edgartown library on Wednesday, August 25. The lecture, which begins at 7 pm, focuses on Ms. Carpenter’s analysis of the connections between Mr. Carnegie and architect Frank Alden, credited for designing not only the famous public library in Pittsburgh but also the Edgartown Library, as well as several other buildings in town.

The expert will discuss these connections on Wednesday and place the library building in the larger context of libraries around the U.S. through the philanthropy of Mr. Carnegie. Ms. Carpenter has served for many years as the examiner for the firm of Reynolds, Rappaport & Kaplan, and is currently the host of a series of programs on historic Edgartown houses, which airs on MVTV. Refreshments will be served.

Firemen flip

Start off Sunday morning right with the Edgartown Firemen’s Association’s annual open house and pancake breakfast at the station. Pancake flipping kicks-off at 8 am this Sunday, August 22 and runs through 12 noon. Aside from delicious food, festivities include tours, demonstrations, and giveaways for children. The Edgartown Fire Station is located at 68 Pease’s Point Way. Admission is free; donations are welcome and benefit the new Fire Museum addition.

Rainforests

Stuart Davies, director of the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, devotes his life to rainforest preservation. On Wednesday, August 25 at 7:30 pm he will speak at the Far Barn at Polly Hill Arboretum (PHA) on the critical importance of tropical forests and the ways in which their biodiversity can best be conserved and managed in sustainable ways to benefit both nature and humans.

The scale and intensity of CTFS programs are one of a kind: they coordinate research on a global network of 40 tropical forest research plots in 21 countries, involving hundreds of scientists from more than 100 institutions. Tickets are $10; $5 for PHA members. For more information call Polly Hill Arboretum at 508-693-9426 or visit pollyhillarboretum.org.

Birds to visit

The Rev. Henry Bird, former rector of Grace and St. Andrew’s Churches, and his wife Hilde will visit the Vineyard on Tuesday, August 24, and be guests at a potluck luncheon in the parish hall of Grace Church, Vineyard Haven. The Bird’s many friends will want to greet their former pastor.

“Spelling Bee” encore

The Island Theatre Workshop’s presentation of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” returns to the stage after a sell-out run. The one-night only presentation is on Sunday, August 22 at 8 pm at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. Tickets are $20 at the door. The show is recommended for ages 12 and older. Call 508-737-8550 for more information.

Paddle for cleaner waters

The 20th annual Martha’s Vineyard Oar & Paddle competition will take place this Sunday, August 22, at Sengekontacket Pond in Oak Bluffs. The two mile competition for kayaks, canoes, and rowboats will begin at 10 am, in addition to a kids’ race (there is a category for paddlers with dogs as well). A post-race picnic, entertainment, awards, and tee-shirts will be provided in return for an entry fee. Registration opens at 8:30 am Sunday morning. All proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Sengekontacket. For more information call Island Spirit Kayak at 508-693-9727.