Aquinnah: The aftermath pf Fourth of July Celebrations

Fourth of July fun in Aquinnah. — Photo by Lisa Vanderhoop

The Old South Rd. Fourth of July parade was a huge success. What started fourteen years ago as a small parade started by families on Old South Rd. for their children and grandchildren has turned into a town wide event with people, young and old from all over Aquinnah and even some Chilmarkers making an appearance. This year’s parade started like they all do gathering at HP Goldfield’s and Kristin Mannion’s house to get your America themed decorations on. There was a small ceremony to honor the people who helped moved the Lighthouse and Len Butler was pronounced Grand Marshall of the parade.

After the ceremony, the parade started with all the police vehicles and fire trucks first, followed by some very jazzy cars and floats. The parade of vehicles continued up around the Cliffs but most of the kids attending opted to gather at Philbin Beach for the treasure hunt. They quickly found the two casks of “treasure” (150 Ziploc bags filled with candy) scarfed much of it down on the spot and then ran off their sugar high on the beach. It was a wonderful way to start the Fourth.

The Aquinnah Public Library’s Summer Speaker Series starts today at 5pm at the Old Town Hall. Author Susan Wilson, will be discussing her latest book, The Dog Who Saved Me. Light refreshments will be served. Next week’s talk will be Phil Weinstein on “Middle East Musings”, a ‘report’ on his semester in Abu Dhabi (and the Middle East and India). This Saturday you can drop into the library and make a super hero cape and mask between 11 am and 3p m.

At the Aquinnah Cultural Center this week, come by on Thursday, July 9 for a tour of the homestead and on Friday there will be a 17th century Traditional Cooking Demonstration. Kitty Hendricks, Mashpee Wampanoag, will be on hand to cook a fish over the open fire, make a pot of sopaheek, and boiled bread with strawberries. Free with admission. The museum is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. Regular admission to the ACC is $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, $3 for seniors. Please call 508- 645-7900 or email for more information on all programs, artist demonstrations and upcoming special events.

Jannette Vanderhoop is teaching a yoga class at the Old Town Hall on Mondays from 9:30-11am.

Tuesday, July 14 is the first date of Kate Taylor’s two-town tour. She will perform, with special guests at the Old Town Hall. Doors open at 7:30 and concert starts at 8pm. Tickets are $25, and are available at and at Alley’s General Store.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival’s Summer Film Series continues on Wednesday with the documentary, Hot Type: 150 Years of the Nation about the magazine, The Nation. Dinner and live music at 6pm, film starts at 7:30pm. Tickets available online at