The Fourth of July is nearly upon us; here in Aquinnah, that means going to the Old South Road Children’s Parade. The parade starts at the top of Old South Road at 11 am, usually kicked off by Arlen Roth playing the “Star Spangled Banner” on his guitar. The parade concludes with a treasure hunt for the kids on Philbin Beach. Come to see the wacky outfits Lisa Vanderhoop and her friend, Sandra Melkonian, will be wearing, the Outermost Inn float, all the beautiful cars of Aquinnah, kids digging through the sand for treasure, and mostly come so you realize that you don’t have to go to Edgartown and deal with traffic — you can stay right here and have a great time.
At the Aquinnah library this week: Story Time is on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. This Saturday, June 23, from 11 am to 3 pm is Kid’s Craft: make a paper plate flower. Also, on Saturday at 2 pm, there will be an Acrylic Landscape Painting Workshop with Jen Burkin. The Afterschool Club will meet on Tuesday at 4 pm.
The Aquinnah Wampanoag Indian Museum is open for the season at the Vanderhoop Homestead up at the Cliffs. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. The homestead is a 125-year-old Wampanoag farmhouse, and the exhibits the museum hosts cover several centuries of Wampanoag history and culture, from ancient fossils found in the clay of the cliffs to modern-day tribal life. It is a fascinating record of Wampanoag life and the life of Aquinnah. There is also a gift shop that has been expanded this year. Save the date for the 12th annual Native American Artisans Festival on July 21, and the museum’s Traditional Feast and Fundraiser on August 11.
Philbin Beach is now open, which means you better have a pass if you decide to go. Passes are on sale Friday through Monday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Philbin Beach shed, and on Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 4 pm at Town Hall. Passes will not be available on Wednesdays. You can also order your pass via the mail. Go to the town website, download the form and mail it in; your pass will be waiting for you at the Philbin Beach Shed. For the second year in a row, if you walk on, or bike to Philbin, you must have a walk-on pass. You get it when you buy your car pass;, there is no additional charge for the walk-on passes.
The Aquinnah Police Department has begun enforcing the one-hour parking rules at the Aquinnah Circle and the resident permit parking areas in town. If you still have your 2017 Resident Parking Permit, it is valid until the end of this month. Please see Carolyn Feltz to obtain a 2018 Resident Parking Permit on Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 4 pm at the Town Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Chief Belain at 508-645-2313.
The Chilmark Community Church Flea Market will open its 51st season this Saturday, June 23. The market runs from 9 am to 2 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. It is located in the lovely field off North Road at 142 North Rd., in Chilmark. Stop in for some good deals and the work of some talented local craftspeople. The market runs both days until Sept. 1, and then Saturdays only after Labor Day; it is accessible by bus.
Congratulations to Hayden Higgins and Rodeo Purves-Langer, who graduated from the Chilmark School this past Friday. They will be on to the West Tisbury School in the fall, where they will need to weather not only being in sixth grade, but no longer being the “big kids.” Congratulations to Troy Vanderhoop Jr., who graduated from the Charter School, and to Coltrane Leport, who graduated from MVRHS. They’re the real “big kids”; wishing them all good luck with their future endeavors.