Welcome back to Up Island, Mr. President. I hope you have not directly received the ire that I have seen expressed about the closing of that one small section of South Rd. and that you and your family are enjoying your stay here. In all honesty I was annoyed when I heard about the closing but a few days into it I find it has not been a hassle at all. I did run into many of my neighbors at Cronig’s on Friday and we were all doing the same thing: stocking up so that we would not have to drive down Island during the President’s stay. My plan has worked pretty well so far: I have a full freezer and I can supplement from the local farm stands and Chilmark Store as need be.

The Aquinnah Public Library Summer Speaker Series continues today with “The Cost of our Cheap Goods” a talk given by Arnold Zack. Next week Tom Dunlop and Greg Berman (a coastal erosion expert) will speak on the forces (nature) carving out our new island. Both talks will be held at the Old Town Hall at 5 pm. The series is free and refreshments will be served.

Stop by the Aquinnah Cultural Center on Friday, August 16, for a tour of the Edwin Devries Vanderhoop Homestead, a 19th-century farmstead of a Wampanoag tribal member. On Saturday, there will be a Traditional Wampanoag Cooking Demonstration. Join Kitty Hendricks-Miller as she prepares traditional foods in 17th-century style, including a whole roast fish and boiled bread with blueberries. The demonstration is free with admission. On Wednesday, August 21, there will be a Porcupine Quill Embroidery Demonstration also free with admission. Kerri Helme, a Mashpee Wampanoag, will demonstrate the art of porcupine quill embroidery on birchbark and leather — a traditional method of decorating clothing and other items. You can also view the new oral history program “Land and Life in Old Gay Head,” and a new exhibit on Aquinnah Wampanoag whaling and whalers in the 19th century. The center is open 11 am to 4 pm on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. For more information, call them at 508-645-7900 or email

The Gay Head Lighthouse Committee is looking for some volunteers to help with the fundraising efforts they are doing to secure funds to move the Lighthouse. Mitzi Pratt has been selling the very stylish “Save the Lighthouse” tee-shirts at the Chilmark Flea Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and she could use a hand if you are available. Call her at 508-645-3035 or email her at If you would like to volunteer for the Road Race on October 6, please contact Martha Vanderhoop at HatMarCha 508-645-3704 or email her at If you would like information about what the committee is doing go to

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival is holding a special screening next week at the Performing Arts Center at the High School of “Free Angela and all Political Prisoners” on Tuesday, August 20 at 7 pm. Angela Davis will be present for a talk after the film moderated by Charlene Hunter-Gault. Tickets are available through the MVFF website. There will be no Cinema Circus or screening on Wednesday at the Chilmark Community Center.

MVRHS High School Cheerleading is back on the sidelines this fall. Any high school girl or boy interested in cheering should contact Coach Channon Capra at 508-696-3787 or Sue Costello at 508-627-9568.

Kudos to Barbara Lampson of the library who created a very fun ice cream social this past Saturday. Did you know that if you mix up the ingredients for ice cream and put it in a Ziploc bag and then put that in another Ziploc bag filled with ice and a lot of salt and then work it for a while you get ice cream? I did not but thankfully Barbara does know these things and there were many of us parents and kids making ice cream on the deck of the library and having a great time.

Kathy and John Bourne’s son Matt and his wife, Jenny, are off on an adventure. They and their children will soon be relocating from Hingham, to London, England, where Matt has gotten a job. When I asked Kathy how she felt about her family moving so far away she said, “Well London is probably going to be a lot more fun to visit than Hingham.” Agreed.

Happy Birthday to Kate Taylor whose birthday is today and to Barbie Bassett who celebrates on Tuesday.