For a couple of days there it seemed like instant summer, really hot weather. There were lots of weddings on the Island on Saturday, and many out-of-state license plates.
As I write this, the temperature has dropped somewhat, but by the time it comes back it will probably be roasting again. It's only June, but I already feel too busy. So I made sure to get to the beach last week where I ran into Rachel and Mikey who are back from Ithaca for the season. Rachel is working at the Orange Peel Bakery again and living in Aquinnah. That is one of the best things about summer here — seeing old friends who are only here for a few short months.
I know we are all really busy right now and just want to enjoy what free time we have, however there are some service opportunities available and the town of Aquinnah would like your help (if you are a resident) on the following town committees:
Affordable Housing, seeking two members (preferably one in the building trades),
MV Center for Living and Up-Island Council on Aging, seeking one representative
And the Personnel, Finance, and Green Committees are all seeking three members. Membership is appointed by the Board of Selectmen, and most committees meet once a month for one to two hours in the evening. If any of these sound interesting to you, send a letter of interest to Adam Wilson, Town Administrator, 65 State Rd., Aquinnah, MA 02535. Or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Call Adam with any questions you have regarding these positions at 508-645-2300.
If you want to go to Philbin Beach anytime soon you will need a sticker (or a friend with a sticker, or a friend who will let you park at their house). Beach stickers will be on sale at the Town Hall Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 12 noon.
There is a lot going on this Saturday. At the Aquinnah Cultural Center in the Vanderhoop Homestead there will be a traditional Wampanoag boat-making demonstration presented by Darius Coombs of the Wampanoag Indigenous Program of Plimoth Plantation. He will show how dugout canoes are made using fire as the main tool. The demonstration will be ongoing from 11 am to 4 pm.
The Aquinnah Power Cruise is also Saturday, from 11 am to 3 pm and also at the Cliffs. If you have a special interest, classic, custom, antique, or hotrod automobile, drive it on up to the Cliffs to display it. The Boston Area Roadsters will once again display their antique and custom autos. Admission is free and the cruise is open to all.
Lastly, if you feel a need to get out of town, Harborfest is happening in Oak Bluffs starting at 10 am and ending some time in the evening. During the day the MV Center for Living will be there selling tickets for their raffle; prizes include a plane ride around the Vineyard, autographed cookbooks, and a pair of wampum earrings by our very own Joan LeLacheur.
The Center for Living will also be hosting a summer welcome dinner and dance fundraiser on Friday, June 24, from 5:30 to 10 pm. Tickets, for $15, can be purchased from June Manning or by calling Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.
Let's not forget that this Sunday is Father's Day. Happy Father's Day to Chip, Buddy, Ricky, Cully, David, Isaac, Sean, Derril, Darren, Jim N., Carlos, Curtis, Peter, Jed, Dan, Spa, Mike, Richard, Hugh, Paul, Jimmy, Jason, Spencer, Jay, David, Vern, Todd, Alex, Albert, Lang, James, Len, Jim W., Bruce, Carl, Lee, and all the other dads, stepdads, grand-dads and uncles of Aquinnah who I am surely forgetting.