Aquinnah: The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival kicks off its summer programming


Summer is officially here, everyone. It started on Monday, although it felt like it started on Saturday with some delightful weather. You better get it together and get your Philbin Beach sticker and your resident parking pass from Carolyn at Town Hall. I say this more as a reminder to myself than to anyone else: I frequently forget about it until I’m in the car headed to Philbin for the first time and I realize I don’t have it. Then I realize that it’s around 2 pm, and Carolyn stops selling the stickers at noon. Then my beach fun is nonexistent. So plan a time to get to Town Hall and set your summer up right.

Today, Thursday, June 23, from 7 am to 7 pm the Chilmark Store will donate a percentage of the proceeds of all food and grocery sales to Island Grown Schools. IGS is an organization that benefits all students around the Island, so stop in and stock up.

At the Aquinnah library this week: Today, Thursday, Story Time is from 3:30 to 4 pm, followed by the After School Club from 4 to 5 pm. I’m not sure how they are going to do this, but on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm the craft will be making fish, using celery to create scales. Also on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, kids can sign up for Summer Reading. There are free T shirts for participants. The next meeting of the Book Group will take place on Tuesday, June 28, at 5:30 pm; Karen Joy Fowler’s “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” will be discussed.

At the Aquinnah Cultural Center, you can stop by for a house tour, 11 am to 4 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Saturday at 4 pm, “Visit of the Little People,” a Wampanoag doll exhibit, will be opening. The exhibit opening will also feature a very special guest, Leonard from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, who will be on hand to perform some traditional dances. It is also Leonard’s 50th birthday, so if you time it right you can get some birthday cake. For more information on all exhibits, programs, and events, please call the ACC at 508-645-7900 or email them at Regular admission prices are $5 adults, $3 seniors and children.

The Howes House annual Art Show and Sale is happening this weekend on Friday from noon to 4 pm and on Saturday, June 25, from 9 am to 2 pm. The public is invited to stop in and see works in watercolor by the Friday painting group. All the artwork will be for sale. The event is free and open to all; the Howes House is located across the street from Alley’s General Store in the center of West Tisbury.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival kicks off its summer programming this Saturday with a screening of “Captain Fantastic,” starring the always charismatic Viggo Mortensen. The film will be screened at the Chilmark Community Center at 8 pm, but come early for dinner. Dinner will be served by Mangku Food Truck starting at 6:30 pm.

Yoga at the Yard begins this Saturday. Classes are Monday to Friday 7 to 8:30 am, Saturday 8 to 9:30 am, and Sunday 9 to 10:30 am. There are different yoga teachers throughout the week; go to for complete information.

Noah Manning had quite a birthday last week. He spent a good part of the day with his friend, Zach Macey; next they joined Zach’s parents and Noah’s family for dinner at the Chilmark Tavern. The following day his parents held a party for him at their new shop up at the Cliffs. Do the kids here know how good they have it? I doubt it. While we are on the subject of birthdays: Happy birthday to Adam Wilson, who celebrates today. Stop in at Town Hall and wish him many happy returns.