Town Column : Aquinnah
I keep waiting for summer to really kick in. Maybe it's all the rain we've had or the slow economy, but I keep catching myself thinking, "When July comes..." I mean, I just got my beach sticker last week (available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 12 noon, at the Town Hall). Maybe we'll get to extend this summer well into October to make up for it.
This Saturday is the third annual All Native Artisans Festival at the Cliffs from 11 am to 4 pm. Expect lots of beautiful jewelry, wampum, and good food.
The Third Annual Housing on the Tube is also this weekend. The goal of the telethon for affordable housing is to raise $650,000. So tune in to Plum TV (channel 76) to donate.
The 2010 Island Book is now available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Town Hall, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, one per household.
There is still a lot going on at the library even though it's summer and you might be tempted to stay outside. Today at 5 pm there will be a talk by Mark Alan Lovewell, Tales of a Catboat Sail to Dogfish Bar. Mark spent the winter restoring an antique catboat and has now taken it out for some adventures that he will share. On July 30, at 5 pm, renowned Faulkner scholar Phil Weinstein will give a talk on Faulkner (excellent summer reading choice, by the way) and it will incorporate parts of his book, "Becoming Faulkner," which will be released in the fall. Story and art time continues at the library every Saturday. Come for stories at 11 am (all ages), and at 11:30 am for art (5 and up).
I hope people were able to catch some of the Puppet Festival events this past weekend. It was quite wonderful. Hats off to Joan LeLacheur, April Thanhauser of Spindrift Marionettes, and everyone else who made it possible. Joan had to miss the weekly salon that she holds at her home because of puppetry duty, but she still managed to find time to bake a pie for the people who came.
I stopped by Faith's Seafood Shack on Saturday and was impressed with the sushi and thought her chili was delicious.
Jessie Shaeffer is here from Florida until the end of August, staying near her sister, Sarah House, who lives here year-round. Jessie's daughter is off to Europe and Jessie's dog will be featured in Lisa Vanderhoop's calendar.
Steve and Sarah Erikson have arrived from Boston for their three-week summer vacation on Pilot's Way. They look forward to early morning walks and reuniting with beach friends. They have very important sounding jobs that make their vacation seem utterly necessary. She is associate director of Research Services at Harvard Business School and he is chair of the Math and Sciences Division at Babson College.