Aquinnah

We made it. The Fair is way over, the President has left, and August is officially over. And now for September — beautiful glorious September — with her wonderful weather, warm ocean waters, and most importantly her peace and quiet and lack of traffic. I love September on the Island; have I mentioned that? It’s so fantastic, so what if we usually get some hurricane-type weather during the third weekend? Chilmark Chocolates reopens again today and you won’t have to battle a line of people to get your fix and you can actually drive to Edgartown in under an hour if you are so inclined. And then there are the sales that happen. I stopped by On the Cliffs the other day and some summer merchandise is already on sale. I also can’t wait to see all my Island friends whom I haven’t seen since June.

On Friday, September (it feels so delightful to write September and not August) 3, from 11 am to 3 pm the Aquinnah Cultural Center will offer a demonstration of traditional Wampanoag decorative designs. Come learn how paints were made and permanently applied to deerskin clothing and regalia. On Saturday there will be a weaving demonstration where you can learn how people made cordage and string from plant fibers to weave into bags, baskets, sashes, and legging ties.

The late summer speaker series sponsored by the library continues on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Old Town Hall from 5 to 6 pm with Professor Phil Weinstein speaking on Faulkner. On Tuesday, Sept. 14, June Manning will speak on the history of the Wampanoag Tribe from 1870 to the present.

On Sunday, Sept. 12, Saskia Vanderhoop will teach a class on making beach plum jelly at the Farm Institute; call 508-627-7007 or go to farminstitute.org to sign up.

Don’t forget to vote in the Massachusetts State Primary on Tuesday, Sept. 14, when the polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm. Absentee ballots are available in the clerk’s office; call Carolyn at 508-645-2304 to arrange to pick one up.

Starting Monday, Sept. 13, at 7 am the First Annual Martha’s Vineyard Yoga Festival kicks off at the Beach Plum Inn. It ends on Sept. 16 and there will be many different kinds of yoga classes and demonstrations to participate in. Call the Beach Plum Inn for more details, 508-645-9454.

Beatrice Vanderhoop Gentry was born 100 years ago in Gay Head, now known as Aquinnah. A big party was held at the Tribe over the weekend to celebrate the life of this remarkable lady. She taught school for over 20 years and traveled with her Air Force husband, always doing service for Native Americans, including organizing and joining the first Massachusetts Indian Commission, and through the Bureau of Indian Affairs which she joined in 1934. Many people came out to honor this great lady of Aquinnah. Happy Birthday Beatrice, and thank you for your powerful example of service and dignity.

Up-Islander and professional mountain bike racer, Mike Broderick came in 7th in the Canadian Cup Finals and will race in the World Championships in Quebec on September 4. Congratulations Mike!

Lynne Whiting graciously sent me some more information on her son Everett’s Local Smoke venture at the Fair, which I was extolling last week. His partner in the enterprise was Tim Laursen; the 18 pigs were born on Northern Pines Farm in Tisbury and raised at the Whiting Farm in West Tisbury. The chickens came from Richard Andrade’s Cleveland Farm in West Tisbury and all the produce was from Morning Glory Farm.

Happy September, everyone!