It finally feels like summer is actually happening and I’m not talking just about the weather. The traffic is more intense. I have seen herds of people on mopeds and lots of people on regular bikes as well. In short, Aquinnah is starting to feel crowded. Or maybe just populated; but it’s so sparse the rest of year that the shift during the summer feels so dramatic. And it’s only just begun.

The Orange Peel Bakery is back to doing pizza on Wednesday nights from 5 to 8 pm. Bring your toppings and socialize with your neighbors over oven-baked pizza.

Today, town nurse Mary McLaughlin will hold a blood pressure clinic at the town hall from 1 to 2 pm. Call 508-645-2307 for more information.

Last week the town dump added Saturday hours, 9 am to 1 pm through the summer until September 17. This is an addition to the regularly scheduled Thursday and Sunday hours. Sunday has traditionally been the day to go and gossip and get caught up with people at the dump. Will Saturday just be for renters who need to dump their trash before leaving?

Nonie Madison and Dan Sauer’s 7a Foods opens this Friday, if all goes according to plan, in the old Back Alley’s space. They will sell sandwiches, prepared foods, baked goods, and lots of yummy things. I am so looking forward to being able to get a decent lunch when in West Tisbury, without having to drive all the way to Up-Island Cronig’s. I wish Dan and Nonie all the success in the world, or as much as they can handle without getting totally overworked and stressed out.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center opens this Saturday, when the museum will be open from 1 to 4 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 12. The cultural center operates out of the Vanderhoop Homestead at the Cliffs. I know they will have many fascinating exhibits over the summer.

Sassafras Summer Camp will start July 5. This is a great outdoor summer camp right here in Aquinnah. Call Saskia Vanderhoop at 774-563-0628 or email her at

Here’s hoping for a great summer and that we all get to enjoy the beauty of the Island and don’t spend too much time complaining about the crowds and the traffic (I say this more for myself than anybody else).