Aquinnah: The Islander's Dilemma


Oh, the summer is in full swing. There are dance performances, plays, concerts, and movies to go to, and all I want to do is hide up-Island. It’s the Islander’s dilemma: desperate for more culture and things to do in the winter; too tired, busy, and filled with crowd loathing to attend anything in the summer. I would love to go to any and all of the performances happening around the Island, but on my rare nights off, I find I just want to be with my family at home, enjoying the peace and quiet of our town (the same peace and quiet that drives me insane in the winter; sigh).

There is a lot going on at the Aquinnah Cultural Center this week. On Thursday, you can stop by for a house tour; on Friday, July 17, from 6 to 8 pm you can come and enjoy “Sunset on the Terrace.” It starts with a tour of the homestead, followed by refreshments, and ends with a glorious sunset over the cliffs while listening to the Native flute music of Emma Mills, Mashpee Wampanoag. On Saturday, July 18, at 6 pm, professor and author David Silverman will present “Historians and Native Communities: The Possibilities and Problems of Working Together,” based on his experiences working on his latest book, “Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantic and Narragansett.” Everyone is welcome to join in the dialogue regarding scholars and Native people coming together. The Aquinnah Cultural Center is located up at the Cliffs in the Vanderhoop Homestead. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and seniors. Call at 508-645-7900, or email for more information.

And then there is even more happening at the Aquinnah Public Library. Today the Speaker Series continues, with Phil Weinstein speaking on “Middle East Musings,” a report on his semester in Abu Dhabi (and the Middle East and India). Next Thursday, July 23, Thomas Dresser will speak on his new book, “Martha’s Vineyard: A History.” On Tuesday, July 21, from 5 to 6 pm, there will be music on the library deck. This is a collaboration with the YMCA. On Saturday, there will be a special guest: Pete the Cat will be at the library to tell stories and sing songs at 10:30 am.

Joan LeLacheur will have an open studio at 42 Old South Road this Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. She will be selling her beautiful wampum jewelry.

The Gay Head Gallery is open! Megan had her opening exhibit this past weekend. Her hours are noon to 6 pm, Wednesday to Sunday, by appointment, or by chance. The gallery is located at 32 State Road; call 508-645-2776 for more information.

Please join the Aquinnah Democratic Town Committee at the second Political Potluck at the Old Town Hall. The meeting, followed by a potluck dinner, will be held Monday evening, July 20, at 7 pm. Everyone is invited to bring a dish, and join in the conversation about issues that are important to our community. The committee was formed to enable Aquinnah Democrats to come together in an open forum to discuss and have a voice in issues of importance locally, statewide, and nationally. Please contact Megan Ottens-Sargent for more information, or to get on the email list, call 508-645-2776.

The Chilmark School has a farm stand at the school garden. It will be open Tuesdays 10 to 7. Please come visit and buy some fresh produce grown by the children of our community, and save yourself a trip to Cronig’s.

Fans of Arlen Roth should pick up his new album, “Slide Guitar Summit.” He was on the radio talking about it this past weekend with Dan Aykroyd. Skyler Cameron just turned 17. I think his family is a little stunned that he is that old, but he seems to be taking it in stride. He and his family celebrated his birthday last weekend at the Chilmark Tavern.