The summer is flying by and considering how full the Island has felt in July I’m a little frightened about what August is going to bring. I am always grateful to live in Aquinnah this time of year (February is another story) because it feels secluded and away from all the traffic and noise. I can feel my shoulders drop as I pull into my driveway. It really does feel like a slice of Heaven up here (even with the infernal rain we’ve had). Shhh, don’t tell the other towns we don’t want them to get jealous.
At the Aquinnah Cultural Center this week you can come by on Friday, from 11 am to 4 pm for a house tour and on Saturday, July 27, from 11 am to 4 pm, make sure you come to the Aquinnah circle for the 7th Annual Native Artisans’ Festival. There will be artists from all over the region to present and sell their wonderful pieces of Native Art. There will be live traditional and contemporary music throughout the day. The Orange Peel Bakery will be set up to provide a local taste of Aquinnah. This is such a great Aquinnah event, so please make sure you stop by.
There is so much going on at the Aquinnah Library this month. Today, a special visitor for children, Amelia Bedelia, will be at the library at 3:30 and at 5 pm the speaker series continues with Thomas Dresser speaking on his new book, “Women of Martha’s Vineyard.” All of the above events are free. The speaker series takes place in the Old Town Hall, and refreshments will be served.
The big event is the Friends of the Aquinnah Public Library Book Sale on August 3 from 12 noon to 4 pm. Hot dogs and lemonade will be served. Due to the size of our library it must divest itself of underutilized books from time to time. Now is one of those times, and I know there are going to be some great books available. So tell your friends and stop on by the library August 3 to complete your summer reading list or to start planning your winter reading project. All of the proceeds will go to the Friends of the Aquinnah Public Library. FAPL helps the library purchase new equipment, and offers financial assistance to the library for large projects. For instance, FAPL was instrumental in raising the funds for the conversion to the CLAMS network.
We have all heard the news about the Gay Head Lighthouse needing to be moved in the next two years, and $3,000,000 is needed to complete the project. If you would like to donate, go to savethegayheadlighthouse.com. You can also stop by On the Cliffs or Hatmarcha Gifts to buy a very cute Save the Gay Head Lighthouse tee-shirt for $20. All proceeds go to the Lighthouse fund.
The All Island Art Show Committee has issued a Call to Artists for this year’s show on Monday, August 5, at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. This show has been running annually for four decades giving a wonderful opportunity for amateur and professional artists alike to show and potentially sell their art. Several prizes are also given. The only requirement is that the artist have an Island address (year-round or seasonal). Complete information including the 2013 registration form may be found on the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association website, www.mvcma.org.
Our hearts go out to Walter Delaney and his family; Walter’s wife of 63 years, Nancy, passed away on July 10. A private ceremony was held off Island last week. Nancy did so much for the town. I knew her from the Friends of the Aquinnah Public Library, which she served on for many years. I know that she had been very sick on and off the past few years and I was always struck by her cheerful attitude and her dry sense of humor. Thank you, Nancy, for your presence in our town. I know you will be missed.
I was glad to see Natalie Belain back at her post at the Town Dump. Natalie has had some health issues but is on the mend and back to work. Her doctors say she needs to avoid stress, so don’t show up to the dump five minutes before they close: we don’t want to stress Natalie out.
There are many birthdays this week. Happy Birthday to Berta Welch, who celebrates today, Joan LeLacheur, who celebrates on Friday and on Monday, Hollis Smith. Happy birthday to you all.