It’s the 4th of July! Well, almost and you know what that means — it’s all downhill from here. The summer is about to start rushing by you at unbelievable speed, and before you know it, it will be August, bringing fireworks, the Fair, and more fundraisers and benefits than you could ever go to in a year, let alone one month. And traffic, lots of traffic. Then it will be Labor Day and there will be many weddings and then Columbus Day will come and it will all come to a screeching halt. Myself, I’m just excited for the fireworks this weekend, I’m not really a parade person, but I do love fireworks.

The Outermost Inn is hosting a barbeque Monday, July 5, from 4 pm to sunset and part of the proceeds go to the Aquinnah Library. The $50 cost per person which includes appetizers, a scrumptious barbeque dinner (no burgers and dogs, trust me), dessert and live music by Hugh Taylor and friends. Call 508-645-3511 to reserve your spot. Sorry, no kids under 12.

I met Cathy Thompson at the Aquinnah Library where she was getting acclimated and introducing herself to everyone. She seems very excited about her new position. She wanted me to mention that the Library will be closed this Saturday due to a staffing issue but she encourages everyone to head to the Ag Hall for the MV Library Association Summer Reading Program Celebration. Come at 10:30 am for face painting and 11 am for a magic show by Scott Jameson. Cathy also said that she looks forward to seeing her old friends, meeting new ones, and serving the Aquinnah community.

If you are having a hard time figuring out what to do with your kids on the Island this summer, check out the new website,, which has an event calendar and a newsletter that you can sign up for.

The lighthouse is now open on the weekends for sunset tours. It opens one-and-a-half hours before sunset and closes a half hour after sunset.

Adam Jeb and his lovely wife, Gretchen, are here for a few weeks with their children, Eliza and Warren. They are enjoying their new house on Oxcart Rd. Adam told me about a seal colony off the south side of the Island where there are many hundreds — one thousand? — seals. So, how come I haven’t seen any? Oh right, I haven’t been to the beach yet.

Raise a glass for Marcy Brown who celebrated her birthday last week, Claudia Miller, who is being honored at the Yard tomorrow night and Buddy Vanderhoop, whose Tomahawk Charters was the runner-up for best fishing charter in MV Magazine’s The Best of the Vineyard.

The Best Festival is happening at Featherstone on Saturday from 3-8:30 pm. Kids under 14 are free and food will be served by the Scottish Bakehouse. This is a music festival featuring many great local acts including: Kahoots, Apollo Sunshine, Pierre, and DJ Pretty Ninja.

On Wednesday at the Chilmark Community Center the MV Film Festival’s Summer Film Series continues with the film, “Bill Cunningham New York.” It’s a documentary and the director and producer will be there to discuss the film afterwards. And of course there will be Cinema Circus at 5 pm with a kids’ film to follow. Go to for all the details.

That’s all for now. See you at the fireworks!