Are we really going to get another presidential visit this summer? It seems only fair, since Chelsea Clinton did not get married here as all the rumors swirling around last summer predicted she would. I haven't been paying that much attention to the rumors, but someone told me the other night that it was definite, and that the Obamas would once again be staying at Blue Heron Farm. I hope all the stores at the Cliffs are stocking up on Obama tee-shirts.
Tomorrow at 6 am at the Gay Head Lighthouse is the annual Hiroshima Remembrance Day sponsored by the Martha's Vineyard Peace Council. They meet every year to acknowledge the horror of nuclear war, and indeed any war, and to rededicate themselves to living in peace. Anyone is welcome to come and share a thought, a poem, a song, or just their presence. This is a beautiful and profound ritual to be a part of and a beautiful time of day to be at the lighthouse. There will be a carpool leaving from Down-Island Cronig's at 5:15 am and from Alley's at 5:30 am.
This Sunday at the Granary Gallery, artist Ken Vincent will have a reception from 5 to 7 pm. A native Vineyarder with deep roots here, Ken does wonderful landscape paintings.
On Tuesday Aug. 10, summer Aquinnah resident Diane Jensen will host a book signing at Chilmark Tavern of her new book, "The Art of Collecting," from 4 to 6 pm. The book includes many interviews and perspectives about art collecting, including interviews with several Vineyard collectors.
On Wednesday, Aug. 11, Cinema Circus is back at the community center at 5 pm. It took a week off for the Backyard Bash, but come on by next Wednesday to get your face painted, make a mask, watch some acrobatics and a movie for kids. There is, of course, also food. The 8 pm feature for grown ups is "Still Bill," a very moving documentary about the musician, Bill Withers. Present at the event for a Q&A afterwards will be Bill's wife and daughter.
There are two events happening next Saturday the 14th. The first is the M.V. Center for Living Summer Bazaar and Fancy Flea at the MVRHS parking lot from 9 am to 2 pm. A couple of Aquinnah people have sent me a notice about this sale, so I think there will be some local artists selling their wares. The second event is at 5 pm at the Vanderhoop Homestead, and it is the Annual Fundraiser and Traditional Feast.
I have been working a couple of nights a week at Chilmark Tavern and have seen many up- and down-Island friends come through. Elise Bouvier and Laura Brown stopped in at the bar the other night. They are both enjoying a busy summer, Elise with a full inn, and Laura, who is an amazing landscape designer, with her work. Marianne and Simon Hickman were there celebrating Marianne's birthday. Billy Meegan was also celebrating his birthday on the same evening. The Tavern is a nice addition to our up-Island restaurant scene, not quite as fancy as the Outermost Inn and Beach Plum Inn. I do still miss Theo's at the Inn at Blueberry Hill, which has been sitting empty going on two seasons now, which is a shame.
I'm hearing good things about Jennifer, the new chef at Outermost. They have also been hosting some more casual barbecues, complete with musical entertainment. If you do miss Dan Sauer, the former chef of the Outermost, you can catch him at the Farmer's Market in West Tisbury and sign up for him to cater your next event.
And now again, August is here; stay calm and stay up-Island.