Philbin Beach has been particularly beautiful lately. I spent part of the day there on Sunday with friends who come here every summer but always stay down-Island. They kept looking around Philbin and by the end of our day they said, “Maybe we’ll stay up-Island next year.” They had never before ventured up to our beaches and they were very impressed with Philbin’s beauty. I also spent the whole weekend up-Island without even a trip to Menemsha Market and it was Heaven.

On Friday, Aug. 20, the Aquinnah Cultural Center will present: Ancient and Contemporary Wampanoag Music. Two Mashpee Wampanoags, Emma Mills Brennan and Kitty Hendricks-Miller, will perform. Emma makes her own flutes and composes music and Kitty will display the water drum and rattles used in native music since ancient times. Audience members are welcome to participate. The event is from 11 am to 3 pm.

On Sunday at the ACC at 6 pm, Jennifer Kreisberg and Pura Fe of Ulali will perform. They are masters of Native American music. Aquinnah’s Black Brook Singers will also perform.

On Saturday there will be an open studio at 62 Otis Bassett Road in West Tisbury featuring Joan LeLecheur and her wampum jewelry, Heather Hall and her original felt creations, and Gabriella Camilleri and her line of clothing. It is from 11 am 4 pm, and there will be food and music (raindate is Sunday, Aug. 22).

Lisa Vanderhoop’s 2011 Seadog calendars are out and available all over the Island. Yes, that’s right 2011: you know it’ll be here in the blink of an eye.

The Library’s summer lecture series at the Old Town Hall continues this coming Tuesday with Peter Miller speaking from 5 to 6 pm. On August 31, the speaker will be Duncan Caldwell, his talk is titled: Mother Caves: The Implications of a Paleolithic Frieze. Duncan is a prehistorian on the vanguard of archaeological conservation efforts in Europe and Africa. He is the second fellow of Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute of Vineyard Haven. The talk will explore the ramifications of a single unexplained groove on a cave wall. The implications suggest that women during the Paleolithic Era were believed to be at a supernatural crux of a triad between men and animals.

On Tuesday, Aug. 24, Flatbread at Nectar’s will donate a portion of the proceeds of every pizza they sell to the M.V. Center for Living, between 5 and 9 pm.

This Wednesday is the last film of the summer film series presented by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. Cinema Circus will be at 5 pm and the feature at 8 pm will be “Wasteland,” a documentary about garbage pickers in Brazil and the art they make with the items they find.

Laina Benoit turned four over the weekend and her parents, Nancy and Jimmy, threw her a great party, complete with a water slide and wading pool. It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon avoiding the nightmare of the Chilmark Road Race.

Tricia Garnier and her two boys, Tino and Lucas, are in town visiting from Brooklyn for the month. I love to see the changes year to year in the “summer kids,” the ones I only see for a short period in July and August. Tino, Tricia’s younger boy, is very social and had a great time on the water slide and Lucas is more solitary and wanting to go make art by himself than play in a large group. They are a beautiful family and I’m glad of the addition to our troupe of kids in Aquinnah.

I saw Kate Taylor recently and asked her how her daughter, Aretha, was fairing in her pregnancy. Kate said Aretha is doing great and you can tell that Kate is very excited to become a grandmother.

By the way, the Fair is this weekend and the president and his family are coming.