Quaint house tour
This year marks the 24th annual Oak Bluffs house tour, which takes place on Thursday, July 20. It runs from 10 am to 3 pm, rain or shine. All tickets are $15, and will be available for purchase starting at 9 am on the day of the tour, which begins at Cottagers Corner on 57 Pequot Avenue, Oak Bluffs. Advance tickets can be purchased at C'est La Vie, Cousen Rose Gallery, and Lizzie's Lagniappe, all in Oak Bluffs.
The self-esteem queen
Regina Queen of Self-Esteem presents "Self-Esteem: What's It Mean?" summer camp for children ages seven to 11 years old. "Children leave feeling great with easy, safe ways to protect themselves from peer pressure, bullies, and other common esteem dragons!" Regina is a performance artist who has six years of experience working with children, building their confidence through fun and creative activities.
Self-Esteem children's summer camp, Saturdays through August in Chilmark. For more information or to register, call 917-863-4727.
Cultural center opens
The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the Aquinnah Cultural Center on Saturday, July 15, 5 pm at the Vanderhoop Homestead at the Aquinnah Circle.
The idea for a Wampanoag tribal museum came up 18 years ago. Edwin DeVries Vanderhoop, the only Wampanoag to ever serve in the Massachusetts State legislature, built the homestead in the early 1900s.
Evensong at Trinity
This Sunday, July 16, at 5 pm, the Burgess Committee of Grace Episcopal Church, Vineyard Haven, will present the second annual combined parishes Evensong at Trinity Chapel, Oak Bluffs. The Rev. Edward Rodman, professor of pastoral theology and urban ministries at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, will preach and the combined choirs of St. Andrew's and Grace churches will sing. The community is invited; a bus leaves off-site parking at the Oak Bluffs Library at 4:15 pm. For information call 508-693-0332.
Town makeover: Tisbury
After having much success within the Tisbury community in beautifying the town landscape, Marie Desch is looking for volunteers who would be willing to rake, weed, prune and deadhead, plant and do general clean-up around Tisbury. Interested in helping? Call Marie at 508-693-2334 or
Houses on the Move is hosting their grand finale dinner party Sunday, July 22. "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner III" is a benefit for the Island Affordable Housing Fund (IAHF), which was established in 1998 and has provided funding for 85 rentals and 23 homeownership opportunities. Each year, the IAHF grants $300,000 to the Housing Authority to support the Rental Conversion Program that assists more than 50 Island families as of now.
At this year's dinner party, the possibilities are endless. It will feature a unique theme and surprise celebrity guests, and diners may experience events such as a feast in Chilmark, a dance party in Edgartown, or an up-Island treasure hunt. One thing's for certain: there will be a special after-party at Outerland.
Tickets are $500 per person, which includes the Outerland after dinner party. The entire ticket price goes directly to the IAHF to benefit Island families in need of year-round affordable housing, and are tax-deductible. For more information, contact Nancy Winch at 508-627-6002.
Stop by Camp Jabberwocky on Monday, July 17, or Tuesday, July 18, at 7:30 pm for a free concert, "Congacycle Live." The camp is located at 200 Greenwood Avenue extension, Vineyard Haven.