Is July really almost over? But I'm not done complaining about it yet. That's alright, though, because really any complaining you do in July about the crowds, traffic, mopeds up-Island, and the entitlement that abounds is really just a warm-up for August. Then the big guns come out, and it gets a little scary
Thank goodness we have the beach to escape to. And no, it's not all bad. There are people that come every summer that I am delighted to see and the brisk pace is nice after the sleepiness of the winter, and the money is a relief. I just have to remember that we are blessed to live in such a beautiful place that everyone wants to come and visit.
At the Aquinnah Cultural Center this Friday, from 11 am to 4 pm you can take a house tour. On Saturday, July 23, there is the 5th Annual Native American Artisans' Festival also from 11 am to 4 pm. There will be craft demonstration stations: you can try drilling wampum, making a clay pinch pot, decorative clothing art, twined weaving, and sailor's valentines. There will also be many merchants and lovely things to buy and a special guest performer, Jennifer Kreissberg of Ulali at 3 pm.
The Friends of the Aquinnah Public Library's annual meeting and reception will be held on Saturday, from 2 to 4 pm on the deck of the library. There will be refreshments provided by the Friends, and all are welcome to attend.
Tonight at 5 pm, the library speaker series continues with photographer Alan Brigish and author Susan Klein, creators of "Martha's Vineyard & Now & Zen," who will present their new video showcasing photographs from the book and additional images of the Vineyard. It's called "Vineyard Zen: Texture & Tradition." A discussion will follow the presentation. On Saturday, July 30, from 11 am 12 noon, at the library you and your child can come meet the storybook character Madeline and hear her stories from Paris.
Then you can come to the next lecture on Tuesday, August 2, from 5 to 6:15 pm, and hear grown-up stories from Paris, with Nancy Caldwell, who will discuss multiculturalism in France today, a personal look behind the headlines. The international press quoted President Sarkozy as saying, "Multiculturalism in France is a failure." This talk will reflect a personal journey. Nancy Leenson Caldwell, who lives in Paris, has been working in the intercultural field for more than 25 years. For more information: 508-645-7900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library talks have been incredibly successful. I saw Cathy Thompson while she was out celebrating her birthday with friends and she told me that there were a record-setting 120 guests for Geraldine Brooks's talk. Congratulations to Cathy and her staff for creating such a great series.
The next film in the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival summer series will be the acclaimed documentary, "Page One: Inside the New York Times." The director will be present afterwards for a Q&A session. Of course you can always come at 5 pm for Cinema Circus and you just might see Isaac Taylor riding a unicycle. Both events will be held on Wednesday, July 27, at the Chilmark Community Center.
I went to Faith's Seafood Shack over the weekend and I had the most delicious sushi. I ordered the soft shell crab roll, but I also got to sample a snapper and cream cheese tempura roll that was so good I think I might have to go back this week and have it again.