Happy post Fourth of July everyone. Now we’re in real summer: crazy traffic, lines out to State Road at Chilmark Chocolates, giant SUVs and mopeds sharing the roads, and lots of people. If only this infernal fog and humidity would depart, life would be grand.
The Gayhead Gallery is now open. Meghan Ottens-Sargent had a fine opening party on Saturday night. The gallery is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm or by appointment (call 508-645-2776).
The Aquinnah/Gayhead Community Association will hold its annual general informational meeting on Saturday, July 13, from 10 to 11:30 am at 22 Lighthouse Road. This is always a well-attended and informative event, and updates and discussion about community issues will be provided.
Roberta Gross will have a show up at the Chilmark Library from July 13 to August 2. There will be an opening reception from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday. Then you can walk across the street to the Bank of Martha’s Vineyard to attend John Wightman’s opening reception from 5 to 8 pm. His show will be up until July 19.
Tuesday, July 16, is West Tisbury Library Night at Flatbread, at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport. From 3 to 9 pm, a portion of each flatbread pizza (including take-out) will be donated to the West Tisbury Free Public Library’s renovation and expansion project. Enjoy live music from 7 to 9 pm by Alex Karalekas, Porchlight, Joe Keenan, John Stanwood, Jason Nichols, and Rick O’Gorman. There will also be a raffle.
The 10th annual Aquinnah Fourth of July Children’s parade was wonderful. Everyone met up at Kristin Mannion and HP Goldfield’s house where you could get your face painted or “glittered,” grab a flag and a patriotic pinwheel and eat a piece of American flag cake. Then we all headed out to Old South Rd. for the parade. John Patton, this year’s grand marshal, led the way. As always the costumes were great and the “floats” creative. Hats off to Alex Taylor for making red fish-net tights look patriotic. The grand finale of the parade was the treasure hunt on Philbin Beach, and most children left satisfied with a pile of booty.
Happy Birthday to Skyler Ignacio-Cameron, who is celebrating his 15th birthday today. I saw him at the beach on Sunday and did not even recognize this strapping young man.