Because last summer was kind of a bummer in the weather department (remember all that rain?), I will not complain about the heat but the humidity is fair game. I just can't stand it. I don't like having to rely on air conditioning to be comfortable and it makes me a little cranky. All right, a lot cranky. And I'm not the only one. People were definitely getting a little touchy when the heat wave really settled in. It's times like these I am so very glad we are surrounded by water. I find that submerging myself in the ocean makes me more tolerant of others on those really hot days.
The Aquinnah Cultural Center is hosting a Zuni Fetish show this Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. The fourth annual Native Artisans Festival will be next Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm.
This Saturday the Tribe will present the Legends of Moshup Pageant at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $12, and it will be held at the Tribal Center. I was unable to attend last year but I heard it was a splendid event that tells a very powerful and moving story.
This Sunday Christina Montoya will hold an artistic workshop for women at The Yard. It is called the Shakti Project, and it will be an exploration of the four elements. All participants will utilize dance, sound, writing, and drawing to explore the four elements within themselves. Christina is a wonderful teacher and guide and I'm sure this will be a fascinating workshop, especially if you have always wanted to explore movement/dance within yourself but have never had the chance to. It is from 11 am to 4 pm. Call 508-645-9662 for all the details.
The Yard is also hosting free family matinees every Saturday at 4 pm. These are great fun, and kids and parents of all ages are welcome. There are always scenes from the shows playing that weekend and some games for the kids.
If you haven't been yet you should really check out Chilmark Tavern. It has new owners in Paul and Louise Petersiel and a new chef ,and it is so much better than it was last year. It's really become a hot spot in Chilmark. Try the ribs and the shrimp and grits.
Next Wednesday's movie at the MV Film Festival's Summer Series is "Waiting for Superman," directed by Davis Guggenheim. It is a documentary about the American Education system. There will be a panel discussion after the film with experts in the field of education. And of course there will be Cinema Circus for kids at 5 pm.
It seems like it's far away but it's really not. On August 1 at Featherstone in Oak Bluffs there will be an exhibit of up-Island wampum artists, including Joanie LeLecheur, Kate Taylor, Berta, Vern, and Giles Welch and Donald and Jason Widdis. It will run for 10 days.
I know many of us were horrified by the tragic death of the woman on her bike, who was killed in Vineyard Haven last Tuesday. I just wanted to send prayers out to her family and to remind us all to be vigilant and careful as we travel our busy roads in the summer. Look out for bike riders and joggers, and maybe it would be a good idea to pull over if you need to talk on the phone.