Welcome to August in Aquinnah. So far so good. The humidity has lightened up and the beach days are pretty glorious. The crowds down Island are growing larger and larger and the traffic continues to be a challenge to serenity so I am always grateful and relieved when I am driving home and I see the sign that welcomes me to Aquinnah. I know I am in for some much-needed peace and quiet.

At the library this week the speaker series continues today with Aquinnah’s own Richard Skidmore who will speak at 5 pm at the Old Town Hall. His talk is titled “Where Have all the Hippies Gone, Revisited.” On Tuesday, August 7, Noli Taylor will speak about the “School Food Revolution on Martha’s Vineyard,” and next Thursday, Nancy Caldwell will give a talk called “A Space for Dialogue and Diversity in Paris.” All the talks are from 5 to 6:15 pm at the Old Town Hall and refreshments will be served.

At the Aquinnah Cultural Center this Friday, you can come to a Traditional Clothing and Regalia Decoration workshop from 11 am to 4 pm. Join Janette Vanderhoop and try your hand at traditional painted clothing decoration. Paint is applied to deerskin with toothpicks, simulating ancient methods of decorating. Can you make a straight line, double curve, or fill in a design shape? Paint and take your deerskin sample home. There is a $5 crafting fee. And on Saturday, August 4, at 11 am Doug Vanderhoop and his family will show you how to weave and bead your own Dreamcatcher. There will be a $10 crafting fee.

On Wednesday, August 8, there will be a Traditional Wampanoag Pottery Demonstration from 11 am to 4 pm. Join Kerri Helme as she demonstrates the making of traditional pottery or clay cooking kettles, which Wampanoag people have made and used for 2,500 years. Free with admission.

Save the date: Saturday. August 11, will be the Annual Feast and Fundraiser for the ACC, at 5 pm. You can call 508-645-7900 or email to reserve a ticket.

This Friday from 11 am to 1 pm you can come to the Chilmark Community Center to decorate panels for Soaring Quilts and Soaring Pillows to donate to hospitalized children at Ronald McDonald Houses. There will be an ice cream social immediately following. All ages welcome.

This Sunday at Featherstone Center for the Arts, Joan LeLacheur will be showing her wampum jewelry and Minor Knight will be showing her clothing, during the opening reception of “The Art of Jazz.” The reception is from 4 to 6 pm and the show will continue through August 22, from 12 noon to 4 pm daily.

This coming Tuesday at the Whaling Church in Edgartown, Kate Taylor will perform with her old friend Peter Asher. This is going to be an amazing concert and it is to benefit the YMCA. The concert starts at 8 pm and tickets are available at

The next blood pressure clinic in Aquinnah will be held August 16 from 2 to 3 pm in the Town Hall. Free and open to all residents of Aquinnah. For questions, please contact the Town Nurse, Mary McLaughlin, RN 781-534-2543.

Welcome home to Ella Mahoney who returned from an amazing artistic journey to Columbus, Ohio, this week. She celebrated her return by attending a Coldplay concert with her brother, Emerson, this past Monday.

Please keep Penny Huff in your thoughts and prayers: she has been very sick and is at a hospital in Boston getting treatment. All the ladies at the Aquinnah Library, where Penny works part time, miss her very much, and they and everyone else is hoping for Penny to have an a quick recovery.