Aquinnah

Dropping my sister off at an early boat on Monday morning I saw booths from the Fair loaded on trucks and being taken away. This always makes me a little sad. I do love the fair. The food’s good, the rides are fast, and I see lots of people that I haven’t seen all summer.

It just feels like after the Fair the summer goes so quickly. School is not that far off and we’ve had some cool nights with fall-like weather already. I feel like I need to spend all my free time at the beach and really get my money’s worth out of my Philbin sticker.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center continues its run of fine programming and demonstrations this Friday, August 26, with a Flintknapping Demonstration from 11 am to 4 pm. Join Jonathan Perry as he demonstrates the art of making stone tools and arrowheads. Also on display is a collection of original stone artifacts from around the Island.

And at 6 pm “The Last Frontier: Underwater Archaeology of Wampanoag Sites on the Continental Shelf” will be presented by James Richardson, a board member of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. He will talk about ancient Wampanoag living sites from thousands of years ago that are now under water, and how they are detected and investigated. A $7 donation is requested.

On Saturday, August 27, from 11 am to 4 pm, there will be a demonstration called Traditional Dugout Canoe Making.

Join Darius Coombs as he demonstrates traditional boat making, which uses fire as the main tool. There will also be video shown of a canoe trip from Cape Cod to Martha’s Vineyard made in 2002. Free with admission.

On Wednesday, August 31, from 1 to 3 pm, Janette Vanderhoop will present Corn Husk Folk, making corn husk dolls that will be yours to keep. While working with the husks, learn about traditional Wampanoag gardening and harvest time. There is a $10 crafting fee.

On Wednesday at 6 pm there will be a round-table discussion of “Caleb’s Crossing.” Join author Geraldine Brooks, who has graciously agreed to join ACC Program Director Linda Coombs to talk about her recently published book. The discussion will focus on concerns within the Native community regarding the book, with the intent of raising awareness about stereotyping and the impact of historical perceptions. This promises to be a lively conversation. There is a $7 donation.

This Sunday the Boston String Quartet will perform at 7 pm at the Chilmark Church.

The 2nd Annual Potters Bowl at Featherstone is happening this Sunday from 4 to 6 pm. There will be over 20 Island potters, from every town, who will contribute their bowls to this special event. It will be a wonderful evening at the Summer Tent at Featherstone (with music from Phil DaRosa). Visitors may purchase a bowl made by Vineyard ceramic artists and put it to immediate use with a free bowl of soup (along with bread, beverages, and ice cream sandwiches).

This evening will the opening for the show: The Art of Light, with guest curator Washington Ledesma. There will be ceramic lamps, luminarias and candle-holders on display from the 28th until the 2nd of September.

This afternoon at the library, Joyce Maxner will present Music Together, a music program for kids under six at 3 pm.

On Thursday, September 8, from 5 to 6:15 pm, the library’s summer speaker series finishes up with Tom Dresser, discussing his book, “The Wampanoag Tribe of Martha’s Vineyard: Colonization to Recognition.” Mr. Dresser has captured the spirit of the tribe, tracing its long history through to recognition by the federal government in 1987, nearly 25 years ago. Brief interviews with elders and current tribal members offer insight into the tribe’s remarkable history.

And lastly, Emma Young will be leaving the Aquinnah Library for the West Tisbury Library. Her last day will be Thursday, September 1. Be sure to stop in and say goodbye. I for one will miss seeing Emma’s face at the library, but I am very glad she will not be far away.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival concludes its summer film series with, “My Afternoons with Marguerite” starring Gerard Depardieu next Wednesday, August 31, at 8 pm, as always you can come early for a great dinner. The final Cinema Circus will be held at 5 pm.

Amy Morgan, an Edgartown native who now lives in Marlboro, is spreading the word to the MVRHS Class of 1986; your 25th high school reunion is fast approaching. The reunion will take place Columbus Day weekend, October 7-10, 2011 — exact date and location still to be determined. To reach Amy, please call 508-612-5780, email at amorgan@advocatesinc.org or find her on Facebook.

Ella and Emerson Mahoney recently got back from a white water rafting trip in Maine that Ella said was “awesome.”

I saw Rob Myers of the band Kahoots and asked him how their “Island Tour” went. He said that the two best shows, were at The Yard and the Aquinnah Shop, he said that the Aquinnah show was “off the hook,” and that there were so many people dancing he thought the shop might actually fall off the cliff. Way to go, Aquinnah!

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