Aquinnah: Thank you to everyone who worked on the Fourth


This is Molly Purves, Aquinnah columnist, reporting this week live from Philbin Beach on the Fourth of July. It is quite delicious here today (sorry and thank you to everyone working on the Fourth). Earlier today there was the Old South Road Traditional Children’s Parade. There was some debate over whether it was the 14th or the 15th annual. The crowd seemed to believe it was the 15th. H.P. Goldfield and Kristen Mannion generously loaned the use of their yard for face painting and crowd gathering before the start of the parade. Tom Murphy did a lot of pre-parade planning and cat herding during the parade, while his wife, Chris, took care of a grandchild sleeping on her chest. Arlen Roth played an amazing rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” on his electric guitar, and then everyone got in their floats or walked to their viewing spots. The parade was small but classy and eclectic, like Aquinnah itself. Everyone with a classic car shined it up and decorated it. Pam Glavin was upset that Carl Widdis’ hot rod wasn’t working; she drove her grandson, Elliott, in Carl’s pickup, though, so all was not lost. The Outermost Inn decorated a pickup truck and the golf cart. While the parade made its way up to the Cliffs, the children gathered on Philbin in anticipation of the treasure hunt. Very official maps were dispersed, and it actually did take a little while for the kids to uncover the treasure chests filled with candy wrapped in red, white, and blue plastic bags.

Library programs this week: The Summer Speaker Series begins tonight, Thursday, at 5 pm. Cornelia Dean will speak on “Living with Rising Seas.” The series is held at the Old Town Hall, and refreshments will be served. On Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, there will be a craft time where you can make baby turtles out of yarn and popsicle sticks. The After School Club will meet on Tuesdays at 4 pm under the name of “Kids’ Summer Club.”

Aquinnah summer resident Jack Fruchtman will be giving a talk at the Grange Hall tonight about the Constitution. The talk will be based on his new book, “American Constitutional History.” The talk will take place at 5:30 pm; if you would like to attend, please RSVP to Books will be available for purchase, and Jack will be on hand after the talk to sign them.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center will be open Thursday to Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. The ongoing exhibit through July is “Visit of the Little People,” a Wampanoag doll exhibit. The ACC will host a special concert on Saturday at 6:30 pm at the Old Town Hall. Joseph FireCcrow, Cheyenne flute man, will perform. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For more information on all programs, exhibits, and events, please call 508-645-7900, or email

Joan LeLacheur will host an Open Studio of her beautiful wampum jewelry at her studio at 42 Old South Road this Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Call 508-645-9954 for more information.

There is a benefit for Hospitality Homes this Saturday, July 9. Charles Whitehead will perform a classical piano recital at the Whaling Church. Hospitality Homes is the winter program that houses the homeless — this is, unfortunately, a much-needed service here. The evening is sponsored by All Island Clergy, Hospitality Homes. There will also be a silent auction, which begins at 7 pm; the performance starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Call 210-391-8299 for ticket information.

The Blueberry Festival at the West Tisbury Church is just two weeks away. It will be held on July 16 from noon to 4 pm.

Beverly Wright wanted to thank everyone for the concern they showed regarding her husband, Mac, and his safety during the floods two weeks ago in West Virginia. The stream on their property overflowed, and electricity was lost for a time, but luckily there is a generator. Mac was just here for a week, and he will return next month.