Oh July, here you are. You with your oddly placed fourth, hordes of travelers, and your (hopefully) good fortune. We have been waiting for you and we are ready. You know what the fourth of July is off Island? No big deal. Seriously, it is just another day off with perhaps some burgers and fireworks, but then everyone returns to regular life the next day. I think it is only here and at other summer destinations where it is the end of life as we know it for the next eight or nine weeks, that it has such huge significance.
At the Aquinnah Cultural Center there will be new exhibits this season including pottery by elder Gladys Widdiss and David Vanderhoop and Grover Ryan paintings from the 1940s, dishware and other items from the Nottoway Inn and the Nestle Nook Inn, two of Aquinnah's early Wampanoag-owned and operated restaurants. This week, you can stop by on Friday between 11 am and 4 pm for a tour of the homestead. On Saturday, July 7, Darius Coombs, Mashpee Wampanoag, will be here to demonstrate traditional mishoon or boat making, while showing a film of a 2002 mishoon trip from the Cape to the Island. You can also try your hand at weaving your own fish net.
The Gay Head Gallery is open! Stop by any day but Tuesday from 12 noon to 6 pm (or by appointment) and check out the amazing work that Megan gets. There will be an opening celebration for all the artists showing this summer on Sunday, July 8, from 5 to 7 pm. There is going to be some amazing art and you don't even have to go down Island. Please park at the Town Hall and walk down or if you park on the side of the road make sure all four tires are behind the white line. If you can't make this reception there will be another one on July 22. Call Megan at 508-645-2776 with any questions.
The next two speakers in the library's speaker series will be Nicole Galland on Thursday, July 12, and June Manning, the following Thursday. Both are from 5 to 6:15 pm and will be at the Old Town Hall, and refreshments will be served.
The Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society's performance on Tuesday, July 10, at the Chilmark Community Center at 8 pm will be free of charge thanks to the Feldman family; the concert will also be dedicated to the memory of Gretchen Feldman. For ticket information, call 508-696-8055 or go to TicketsMV.com.
Livingston Taylor and Elizabeth Straton will perform on Tuesday, July 10, at 7:30 pm at the Grange Hall, in West Tisbury. Doors open at 7. Admission is $25, with advance tickets available at the library. If tickets remain available, they will be for sale at the door. For more information, visit wtlibraryfoundation.org.
The next blood pressure clinic in Aquinnah will be held in the Town Hall on July 12 from 2 to 3 pm. It is free and open to all. Any questions, contact Mary E. McLaughlin RN at 781-534-2543.
Condolences go out to the family of Deborah Yeomans who died on June 19, with her two sons, Stephen and Chris, at her side. Stephen and his partner Lauri Bradway live here in Aquinnah.
Condolences also to all friends and family of the late, great Richard Lee, who died on June 22. He was a wonderful artist and an epic human being, and he will be missed.
Congratulations to the Outermost Inn which tied with the Hob Knob as the best place to stay on the Island in the 2012 Best of the Vineyard contest, sponsored by Martha's Vineyard Magazine.
And congratulations also to Buddy Vanderhoop whose Tomahawk Charters was the runner up in the best fishing charter category.
Speaking of Buddy, have you seen his adorable grandson, who has been hanging out in Aquinnah with his mama, Emily? You have to see this kid; he looks like the little Buddha of Aquinnah. Keep your eye out.
Welcome back to Rachel and Mikey who arrived this week and are staying with Juli for the summer. And good luck to Ella Mahoney who is off to a month of art college in Columbus, Ohio, for July. I can't wait to hear all about it.