Happy Fourth of July, everyone! Break out the grill and the sparklers, put on your red, white, and blue and get ready to celebrate. No matter that it has been raining for what feels like the whole summer and that our houses have become permanently damp and misty. It’s the Fourth of July and here we are in the best small town in America with much to be grateful for, so let’s show them how it’s done!

The most important event of the week (maybe even the whole summer?) is happening Thursday on Old South Road: the 9th Annual 4th of July Children’s Parade will begin at 11 am, Thursday morning. Children can come to the Mannion/Goldfield House at 10 am to get their faces painted and grab a flag. People in vehicles and floats should start lining up at 10 am. If you would like to help bury treasure you can show up at Philbin at 9 am. This is a delightful, wacky parade and I look forward to seeing everyone there.

The Aquinnah Public Library is signing up kids for summer reading, whose theme this year is “Dig into Reading.” The big kickoff party will be at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury this Saturday, July 6, at 11 am. The party will feature face painting, and a performance: Vanessa Trien and her Jumping Monkey, a fun musical event for all ages. Admission is $3 at the door and face painting is $1. If anyone wants to preview this wonderful musical event there is a CD available at the library. Kids can sign up to have fun reading while earning all kinds of fun coupons, and a tee-shirt.

The library is getting lots of new material daily so stop in and see what’s new. You can also say “hi” to the visiting librarians Nelia Decker, Beth Kramer, and Jenny Christy. I have loved seeing all of them in our little library and although I do miss Lisa and can’t wait to hear all about the new baby, I’m especially happy to see Jenny in our neck of the woods again.

There will be a book sale at the library later this summer — tentative date is Saturday, August 3 — so mark your calendars because there are going to be some good reads looking for some good homes.

Meghan Gambos is teaching a slow flow Vinyassa style yoga class at the Old Town Hall (yes, here in Aquinnah) on Sundays and Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:45 am. Classes are $12, and please bring your own mat. I might actually make it to at least one yoga class this summer since it’s down the street from my house and on one of my days off.

And speaking of yoga, Yoga at The Yard has started; classes are Monday through Friday at 7 am, Saturdays at 8 am and Sunday at 9 am. You can go to for pricing and class descriptions.

The Yard is also hosting a weekly dance camp for kids starting July 15. The camp runs Monday-Friday from 9:30 am to 12 noon. If you are interested you can email or call 508-645-9662.

The MV Film Festival continues on Wednesday with the very funny movie “Touchy Feely” at the Chilmark Community Center at 8pm. Cinema Circus will of course start the evening off at 5 pm. You can get tickets through or take your chances the night of the show at the box office.

The amazing Kate Taylor will be performing at the Old Whaling Church on July 18; you can get tickets at

Welcome back to Sandra Melkonian, a delightful summer resident, who is staying at Lisa and Buddy’s “Shackteau.” Lisa has been hard at work on her 2014 “Vineyard Seadogs” calendar, which will be out next week. I have seen Paula and David Eisenberg a few times so far this season and they are really enjoying retirement and have no plans beyond the summer.

Someone has stolen the Orange Peel Bakery’s sign along with the sign from across the street from the boy who sells kale. It’s unfortunate that some people steal things like this for fun or on a dare and do not realize or do not care that they are really undermining people’s livelihood. Juli saw a marked drop in her business once her sign was stolen and she worked all weekend to get a new one made.

And stealing from a kid? That is just mean. And lame. We’re better than that aren’t we?