Well, we made it through the first hurdle of summer and I think we're all in one piece. For people who didn't want the craziness of Edgartown, we had our own sweet little parade down Old South Road complete with fancy cars, kids, and dogs. The Fourth was also a perfect beach day and Red Beach was filled with kids making sand castles and looking for minnows while boats bobbed in the harbor.
We did brave the crowds in Edgartown and while I don't usually like parades, they are a little more fun when you see people you know on a float, and when you are accompanied by a small child diving for candy. The Wampanoag Tribe had a float, but I do think the best float was the Camp Jabberwocky float with all of their campers dressed as characters from Stars Wars movies. We didn't make it to the fireworks but we stopped in Menemsha on the way home where we could see someone setting off fireworks somewhere in the vicinity of the Gay Head Lighthouse. It was quite a good display, and I'm sure they had a permit and that I'm not getting anyone in trouble by mentioning it.
On Friday, July 9 (not Saturday, as their save-the-dates card said), there will be a talk given by Dr. David Silverman at the Aquinnah Cultural Center at 6 pm. The talk will be on his new book, "Red Brethren." People may remember him from two years ago when he spoke on his book, "Faith and Boundaries." On July 16 and 17 there will be a Zuni Fetish show at the Center.
The Legend of Moshup Pageant is coming up. It will be on Saturday, July 18, at the Tribal Center. This is a beautiful pageant not to be missed.
We have a new town nurse. Please give a warm welcome to Stacia Broderick; you can meet her at the next clinic at town hall on Wednesday, August 4, from 9 to 10 am. The clinic is free to Aquinnah Town residents.
If you're like me and the idea of planting your own vegetable garden is better than the reality of doing so; visit Dan and Noni Sauer at the Farmer's Market in West Tisbury every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 to noon. You might want to get there early: they do tend to sell out.
Jan and John Wightman have a display of their new work at the Chilmark location of the Bank of Martha's Vineyard.
This Saturday you can ask questions of Governor Patrick's Chief of Staff, Sydney Asbury, who will be fielding questions at a public meeting from 9 to 11 am at Howes House in West Tisbury.
On Tuesday there will be a preserving class with Jan Buhrman from 10 am to noon. Call 508-645-5000 for more information. Also on Tuesday, Tom Dresser will be reading from his latest book, "African Americans on Martha's Vineyard, From Enslavement to Presidential Visit," in which he recounts an interesting story about the founding of a school in Aquinnah. The talk will be at the Tisbury Senior Center at 1:45 pm.
On Wednesday, July 14 (Bastille Day!), the MV Film Festival's summer film series continues with Cinema Circus at 5 pm showing an animated shorts program for kids ages 3 to 10, followed by dinner at 7, and Miracle in a Box: a Piano Reborn at 8 pm. There will be a piano performance before the screening and I would arrive early to get your tickets as the shows have been selling out. All shows are at the Chilmark Community Center.
Welcome to Eli Gunner Elvis Danzer Aronie, born to Angela and Josh Aronie and weighing in at seven pounds, ten ounces. Congratulations to the parents and proud grandparents, Nancy and Joel.
Clearly there is way too much to do this time of year and there is absolutely no shame in doing nothing, especially if you are on a beach or in the garden.