Town Column : Aquinnah
As I write this, we have woken up to three sunny days in a row, with absolutely no rain. I honestly do not remember the last time that happened. We have had three consecutive days of rain with some sun, but no days without rain in a long, long, long time. Along with the sun came some terrific wind. Sunday wasn't exactly an ideal beach day, but the windsurfers were out on the pond taking advantage of the high winds and loving it. I don't care how windy it was - we had a beautiful Fourth of July weekend, and it was a much welcome change.
Summer resident Danny Jensen was here over the weekend. He recently relocated to Los Angeles and so will not be spending the summer here with his parents, Diane and David. They will all be in Brookline this week as Danny's parents move into their new condo, but they do hope to be at their house on the cliffs once they get settled.
Kate Taylor has a great new CD out called "Fair Time!" There will be a release party at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs on Thursday, July 23, at 8 pm. Come and hear some great music from Kate and her special guests. Speaking of Taylors - did you know that Isaac Taylor can ride a unicycle? I saw him do at Cinema Circus last week. He said that growing up in Aquinnah there wasn't always a lot to do and that he learned the skill from his uncle.
On Friday at 6:30 pm there will be a benefit for Mapendo. This is a great organization that helps African refugees at 20 Hammett Road. Go to Mapendo.org for more information.
Martin and Susan Weiss celebrated Martin's birthday at the Beach Plum Inn on Friday - everyone had a good time.
Jim and Kathy Newman will be in New York City for the month of July, but you can see some of Kathy's stunning photographs at the Shaw Cramer Gallery in Vineyard Haven from July 10 through July 23.
Anita McFarlane is living in Aquinnah for six weeks while she teaches in the kid's summer program at The Yard. A one-time year-round Vineyard resident, Anita will be teaching her specialty, Circus Yoga, on Saturdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm, and she will also teach during the week.
I stopped by the Duck Inn and asked Elise if there were any plans for yoga in her barn this summer, and she said there weren't, so it looks like the closest classes are The Yard and Yoga Barn right now. If there are any Aquinnah yoga or Pilates teachers out there accepting clients right now, please let me know and I'll put your info in the column.
I really am done talking about the weather now; I have a new subject that you will be hearing about every week, traffic. I think I might dedicate an entire column to it. The pet peeve of today is: joggers who do not pull off to the side of the road as they are running around a blind turn into oncoming traffic. That's all I'm going to say - for right now.