Gabriel Garcia-Marquez talk in Aquinnah Thursday


Is anyone else dealing with extreme levels of mildew in their home right now? We live on the south side of Aquinnah which is usually the drier, less buggy side. While we have not had that many bugs due to the high winds we’ve been getting, I cannot keep up with the mildew removal. I feel like mildew has become the official scent of my life. No matter how much I scrub my closet, the window frames, the baseboards, and any surface really, with Simple Green, I get into bed at night and I still get a whiff of it. I’ve washed all the bedding, but it’s still there. I’ve never had this problem in July. August, yes. July, no.

Phil Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English at Swarthmore College, will be speaking as part of the Aquinnah Public Library speaker series tonight Thursday, July 24, at 5 pm. The topic is Gabriel Garcia-Marquez’s “100 Years of Solitude.”  Phil is an amazing speaker and intellect, as most of you know, and his talks are always wonderful. Another great mind, Nancy Caldwell, will speak on Thursday, July 31 at 5 pm. Her talk is titled, “Negotiating Troubled Waters” between Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. The series is held at the Old Town Hall and refreshments will be served.

There is a lot happening in our little town this Saturday; there is no need to travel down Island looking for excitement. First up is the 8th Annual Native American Artisans’ Festival, from 11 am to 4 pm, held at the Aquinnah circle. Native American artists from the Mashpee Wampanoag, Narragansett, Oneida, Abenaki, and Aquinnah Wampanoag will demonstrate and sell their arts. This is a wonderful opportunity to buy some traditional weavings, beadwork, quillwork, wampum, and more.  Also, make a sailors’ valentine and/or a wampum pendant. The Iron River Singers and Lady Hawk Singers will perform. There will be native foods prepared by Orange Peel Bakery. If you would like more information, call 508-645-7900, or email

Also happening on Saturday, the Aquinnah Police Department is hosting a public safety day from 12 noon to 5 pm. There will be demonstrations of safety equipment and cool gear and hamburgers and hot dogs will be served. At 1 pm the department will present pins to the folks who helped save Chris McLeod when he suffered a heart attack.

And lastly, Ladybug Girl will be at the library at 1 pm for stories and fun. So there is truly something for everyone in town this weekend.

The MV Film Festival’s Summer Film Series continues next week with three films, “Matt Shephard is a Friend of Mine” on Wednesday in Chilmark, “Kidnapped for Christ” on Thursday in Edgartown and “E.T.” outdoors in Vineyard Haven at Owen Park.

Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth are helping to organize the first TEDx talk on Martha’s Vineyard. It will be held on August 19 at the MV Film Center, the theme is “Insanity, Genius and the Creative Process.” They have some great speakers and it looks like it will be a big event.

Lots of birthdays this week: Berta Welch on Friday, Joanie LeLacheur on Saturday, and Hollis Smith on Tuesday. Happy birthday to you all!