School is finally out! I know many summer kids who are here now have been out for ages, but our schools just got out on Monday. Some of the Chilmark School parents continued the tradition of taking their kids to the beach at Menemsha (picking up some Chilmark Store pizza on the way) for an afternoon multikid playdate, with perhaps some ice cream from the Texaco station thrown in. Now everyone gets down to the serious business of summer vacation. And hopefully it will remain that that case of the measles on the Island was just one isolated case, and not the start of something bigger. That whole episode certainly made the last week of school more exciting.
This Saturday is, of course, the Fourth of July, and the Old South Road Neighborhood Association will be hosting the 12th annual 4th of July Children’s Parade. Meet at H.P. Goldfield and Kristin Manion’s house on Old South Road for face painting and gathering of flags, decorations, etc. At 11 am, we will all parade down Old South Road; kids have the option of getting out at Philbin and looking for buried treasure, or continuing on with the parade as it goes up around the Cliffs. This year’s parade grand marshal is Len Butler, chairman of the Lighthouse Relocation Subcommittee of the Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee. This will be a great opportunity to thank Len, committee chairperson Beverly Wright, fundraising co-chairs Meg Bodnar and Mitzi Pratt, and all committee members for the extraordinary time and effort they invested on our behalf. Please attend the parade to congratulate them on a job amazingly well done. It’s also a good time for the family, and you don’t have to go to Edgartown. We got our own thing in Aquinnah, and it’s pretty good.
Also on the Fourth of July, Joan LeLacheur will host an open studio from 10 am to 5 pm at 42 Old South Road. She will have her wampum jewelry in traditional and new designs.
The Aquinnah library will be closed this Saturday for the Fourth of July, so be sure and stop in on Thursday and sign up for summer reading if you haven’t already. This coming Tuesday will begin a new series at the library: There will be music on the deck every Tuesday from 5 to 6 pm. This series is in partnership with Alex’s Place at the YMCA. Light refreshments will be served. The Summer Speaker Series starts next Thursday with Susan Wilson on her new book, “The Dog Who Saved Me.” All talks are held at the Old Town Hall, and begin at 5 pm. On Saturday, July 11, kids (and grownups too) can stop in and make a superhero mask and cape from 11 am to 3 pm. The next meeting of the Book Group will be on Tuesday, July 28, at 4 pm. The book will be “The Light Between Oceans,” by M.L. Stedman.
The Aquinnah Cultural Center will be open today, Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday July 8, from 11 am to 4 pm. You can come in for a tour of the homestead and see the exhibits they have up.
The “Gay Head Light” show is up at Featherstone until Wednesday, July 8. The exhibit is open every day from noon to 4 pm.
On Tuesday, July 14, Kate Taylor will perform at the Old Town Hall as part of her Two-Town Tour. Doors open at 7:30 pm, performance at 8 pm. Isaac Taylor will perform with her as a special guest. Tickets are $25. They are available at Alley’s General Store and ticketsmv.com. She will also be performing at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury (the other town) on Wednesday, July 15.
The Chilmark School graduation was this past Wednesday. Congratulations to all the fifth graders, and especially to William Mayberry from Aquinnah. I know that many kids will miss playing with William after school, as William is seemingly proficient in most sports (but especially football). Maybe he can find it in his heart to have the bus drop him off at the Chilmark School as he makes his way home, so that all his old buddies get a chance to play with him. Good luck to all the kids moving on from the Chilmark School.