Okay Vineyard, the game is on. That's how it feels now that we've shot through the Fourth of July gate. From now on the traffic is going to be heavy (and dangerous) all of the time. You will have to wait to get a space in the Chilmark Store parking lot, and reservations will be needed at any restaurant you want to go to. Really there is only one solution: stay in Aquinnah as much as possible. Make one foray a week down to fetch groceries and guests. Better yet, have your guests bring their car over and have them fetch the groceries.
At the Aquinnah Cultural Center this week on Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, stop by for house tours between the hours of 11 am and 4 pm. On Saturday, July 9, there will be a Traditional Wampanoag Pottery demonstration from 1 to 3 pm. Learn the history of Wampanoag people making pottery from the colored clay of the Gay Head cliffs. Make and decorate a pinch pot to take home with you. There is a crafting fee of $10. For more information, contact the ACC at 508-645-7900 or email@example.com.
John Wightman has a show up at the Sovereign Bank of Martha's Vineyard in Chilmark. The opening reception is on Saturday July 9, from 5 to 8 pm and the show runs until July 15. There are many new items including glass-cutting boards, decorative ceramic tiles, and mother of pearl pendants, all with Island landscapes. Also many images are now available as watercolor prints ready for framing and images on canvas wraps ready to hang.
Comedian Marty Nadler will do a performance of stand-up comedy on Saturday, July 9, at 7 pm at the Grace Church Parish Hall in Vineyard Haven. The event will benefit the Martha's Vineyard Center for Living. Nadler will entertain guests with his new "Vineyard 2011" show featuring all new material based on anecdotes about "life on the Vineyard." The event will include wine and cheese. Seating is limited; call Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.
On Tuesday, July 12, at 7 pm there will be a special town meeting at the Old Town Hall. It should be blessedly short as there are only three articles on the agenda, dealing with some bookkeeping. And it is right after the author talk that Geraldine Brooks is giving on her latest novel, "Caleb's Crossing," so you could come to that and then just stay for the town meeting. Ms. Brooks's talk is sponsored by the Aquinnah Public Library and will be from 5 to 6:15 pm. Refreshments will be served. The next author talk will be on Tuesday, July 19, with Phil Weinstein, whose talk is called Faulkner Stumbles Into Fame. A long-time Faulkner scholar and a seasonal resident of Aquinnah, Mr. Weinstein is the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English at Swarthmore College. He will talk about the turbulence of Faulkner's life during his twenties and early thirties. Phil is a wonderful speaker and his talks are always packed, so you may want to get there a little early to get a good seat. The talk is from 5 to 6:15 pm.
Yoga at the Yard has started. Classes are Monday through Friday at 7 am, Saturday at 8 am, and Sunday at 9 am.
Martha's Vineyard Magazine has announced its Best of the Vineyard 2011 winners and runners-up, awarding Island businesses, places, events, and activities across 75 categories.
Aquinnah-based business Tomahawk Charters was awarded runner-up in the category Best Fishing Charter Boat. Congratulations, Buddy. And congratulations to The Martha's Vineyard Film Festival, which was awarded runner-up in the Best Movie Theater/Festival category. Wednesday night's installment in the Summer Film Series at the Chilmark Community Center will be, "Charlotte." This Vineyard-based documentary about Gannon and Benjamin completely sold out at the March Festival, so please get your tickets early. Go to tmvff.org to buy them online.
Congratulations to Bruce and Adriana Ignacio who celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary last week. They celebrated with family and friends at Chilmark Tavern.
Congratulations also to Arlen Roth, who is up for three Grammies for projects he worked on. That doesn't happen every day in Aquinnah. His daughter Lexie also has a song featured in a film that will be out later.
Happy Birthday to summer resident Siobhan Westcott who celebrated her birthday last week.
I got a text from my sister who has been patiently waiting for a return phone call from me, asking me when exactly I was going to call her back. I responded, "September."