It must be summer because there is so much going on this week and a lot of it is very intellectual. Seriously, none of these events sound fluffy or “light” to me. So, if you are tired of lounging on the beach in this glorious weather and want to give your brain a little workout, you have many options.

Today, July 19, the Library Summer Speaker Series continues at 5 pm come to the Old Town Hall to hear June Manning speak about “Wampanoag Tribal Contributions to Daily Vineyard Life.” Aside from being an amazing citizen of Aquinnah and the Island as a whole, June is also a tribal historian and genealogist; which is a fancy way of saying she knows a lot about the Tribe and the people of Aquinnah. Refreshments will be served. On Tuesday, July 24 Duncan Caldwell will give a talk called “The Saharan Origins of Ancient Egyptian Royal Symbols.”

On Thursday, July 26, Phil Weinstein, professor of English at Swarthmore College, will discuss the work of Jonathan Franzen, a Swarthmore graduate whose most recent novel was the best-selling “Freedom,” starting at 5 pm in the town hall.

Following June’s talk at the Old Town Hall, will be Hawk Henries of the Nipmuck nation who will give a Native American flute concert. This concert is sponsored by the Aquinnah Cultural Center, and tickets are $15.

There is more happening at the ACC this week including: Demonstration of traditional deerskin clothing and regalia making with hand-painted decoration with Anita Peters Little, Mashpee Wampanoag on Friday, July 20 from 11 – 4.

On Saturday, July 21, from 11 am – 4 pm, there will be house tours of 19th century Wampanoag Edwin Vanderhoop Homestead.

On Wednesday, July 25, from 11 am to 4 pm, come and view the unique and beautiful decorative art of porcupine quill embroidery on leather and birchbark with Kerri Helme, Mashpee Wampanoag.

Also on July 25 come hear Thomas Dresser, author of “The Wampanoag: From Colonization to Recognition” speak at 6 pm on the process of researching and writing this book, and the representation of a culture different from one’s own.

Today and tomorrow are the last days to catch John Wightman’s beautiful show, “Island Images” at the Bank of Martha’s Vineyard in Chilmark.

Today at 7:30 pm at the Chilmark Community Center, Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo and his daughter artist Kate Russo, discuss their collaboration, “Interventions”, a tribute to the printed book. On Sunday, July 22 at 7:30 pm at the Chilmark Community Center, Peter Beinart discusses his book, “The Crisis of Zionism,” and there will be a conversation about Israel’s future with Alan Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University. The discussion will be moderated by novelist (and West Tisbury resident) Richard North Patterson. Tickets for both events are available at the Community Center and at

And next Wednesday the MVFF Summer Film Series continues with “Cloudburst” starring the amazing Olympia Dukakis at 8 pm and of course Cinema Circus at 5 pm.

On Saturday, July 28, Lexie Roth will host the second annual White Party aboard the SeaStreak Yacht, with party to follow at Dreamland. Tickets ($40) are available at On The Cliffs, Alley’s, and aboveground Records. The party starts at 6:30 and goes on and on and on.

The Aquinnah Housing Committee is looking for input from people/families who may be interested in affordable housing in the next three years or so. As the committee looks forward to developing housing opportunities, they are examining whether apartment rental or home ownership, or both, should be their focus. If you are interested in one or the other option, and qualify within the income guidelines to enter a housing lottery in the next three-year term, please send a note indicating your interest, and your preference to Carolyn Feltz, assistant to the Aquinnah Housing Committee: You can also request a copy of the income guidelines from Carolyn at that email address.

I need to send out some Happy Birthdays to people that I missed last week: Skyler Cameron turned 14! And Jed Smith had a birthday as well. Today is Juli Mahoney’s birthday. Happy Birthday to all of you.