Wedding season is here for a short time, and then it will return again in September. I saw so many tents dotting the up-Island landscape this past weekend and I attended a lovely wedding on Saturday at the Duck Inn. Not only was it an amazing setting with beautiful weather, but the food (Scottish Bakehouse) and music (Phil DaRosa) were great as well. What was most fun was that as a Vineyarder I knew most of the staff as well, so it felt like a true Island event.

The Town’s Gay Head Lighthouse Advisory Committee is launching its campaign to Save the Lighthouse with a Solstice Celebration of the Light this Friday June 21, 6–8pm. There will be a raffle, food and music and hot off the presses: tee-shirts for sale. The Martha’s Vineyard Museum has generously waived the Lighthouse entrance fee from 5 to 9 pm, so come early, stay late, or anything in between. You know it’s always fun to party at the lighthouse, so do try and make it.

This Saturday from 5 to 7 pm there will be an art opening featuring the work of Ella Mahoney at the Old Sculpin Gallery (across from the Chappy ferry) in Edgartown. Ella is a wonderful, young artist from Aquinnah. She will be headed to the School of Visual Arts in the fall, so this may be one of the last chances we get to see her work before she goes. The exhibit will be up for a week.

It’s that time again: Philbin Beach is open daily from Friday, June 14 to Sept. 30. Permits are available from 9:15 am to 12 noon, Monday through Saturday. Your 2012 Resident Parking Permit is valid through June 30, 2013. If you wish to pick up your 2013 permit before then, you must turn in your 2012 permit. These permits will only be issued to the home owner.

Nicole Corbo is teaching stand-up paddle boarding in Aquinnah again this summer. She has group classes (which fill up fast) and private lessons available. She is also teaching a yoga/SUP class which sounds challenging. You can contact her at 808-640-6935 or via her website,

I had the pleasure of attending Noah Manning’s 7th birthday party at Gus Ben David’s “World of Reptiles” this past Saturday, and man, is that world a trip! There is an entire house devoted to reptiles, including an alligator. I avoided this house due to a long-standing fear of any kind of snake, but I heard that Gus gave an engaging presentation about all the reptiles he has and that Paul, Noah’s dad, was Gus’s somewhat unwilling assistant in holding one of the snakes. The outside of the park is filled with all kinds of birds, including an enormous eagle. Theresa, Noah’s mom, had set up a “Minecraft” buffet. Minecraft is the hot, new computer game among the Aquinnah kids; all I know is that you build structures out of blocks and that there are zombies and something called “The Nether.” Theresa crafted a buffet with food made to look like materials that are used in the game so there were rice Krispy treats dyed black to look like coal, packets of TNT made from Twizzlers, and gold-foiled chocolates to represent gold. It was one of the most thoughtful displays I’ve ever seen at a kid’s party.

Happy Birthday Faith Smalley who celebrates today and to Adam Wilson, our man in the Town Hall who celebrates on Sunday. Congratulations and many thanks to Richard Skidmore who is stepping down from the Board of Health and the Aquinnah Housing Committee. He served on both for many years. Thank you, Richard, for all your service.