Aquinnah: Wrap up for the festivals

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As it inevitably does, the summer is drawing to a close. Goodbye and good luck to everyone starting or returning to college this week. The M.V. Author Series, the M.V. Film Festival, and the M.V. Chamber Music Society all held their last events of the summer last week. Thank you so much to all those organizations who brought many unique and diverse people and works of art to the up-Island community. Juli Vanderhoop and Valerie Rosenberg hosted their last pop-up dinner last week, but pizza night continues! Every Wednesday, weather permitting, from 5 to 8 pm at the Orange Peel Bakery. Bring toppings, creativity, and be ready to share.

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Indian Museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 am to 4 pm. You can go any time during those hours and get a tour of the homestead and see the exhibit, “Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History,” which is running for three more weeks. This Saturday it will close at 3 pm and then host a special event at 5 pm at the Old Town Hall in Aquinnah, “Walking Corn Mother’s Path: Sovereign Food, Sovereign Land, Sovereign People.” The museum is partnering with Island Grown Initiative to present an indigenous food event with a panel discussion, book signing, and, of course, some indigenous food. Professor Elizabeth Hoover, Mohawk, from Brown University will be joined by Mashpee Wampanoag caterer Sherry Pocknett, Cassius Spears of the Narragansett Indigenous Food Movement, and representatives from Island Grown Initiative and the Aquinnah Wampanoag. They will discuss the local and national indigenous food movement, its reasoning and philosophy; and how non-native communities are working in this field as well. Afterward, Professor Hoover will sign copies of her recently published volume, “The River Is in Us,” while Chef Pocknett will serve traditional Wampanoag recipes in appetizer form. Please consider donating at the door.

The Aquinnah Public Library will host its annual ice cream social this Saturday from 1 to 3 pm. Come by and make your own ice cream and celebrate the end of the season. Also, at the library this week: Story Time is on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. Music on the Deck will be on Tuesday at 5 pm.

Here is an event that is worth the drive to Edgartown: This Sunday, August 26, the Federated Church in Edgartown will host the annual pancake breakfast to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group. It will be held at the Parish House on 45 South Summer St. from 8:30 to 10:30 am. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and $25 for families.

Happy birthday to Noli Taylor and Trisha Mulligan, who both celebrate on August 23. Noli has been doing amazing work all summer with Island Grown Schools, including the Mobile Market that travels around the Island selling fruits and vegetables. The market is at the Wampanoag Tribe on Sundays from 5 to 6 pm. Noli also helped create the summer lunch program that ensured that kids would not go hungry over the summer. I hope she gets to take a break on her birthday.