The annual South Road Children’s Fourth of July parade was a success (as usual). There were all of our town fire and rescue crew in their trucks, Arlen Roth in one of his classic cars, and of course what seemed like all of the kids in Aquinnah. Some were in the parade, some were watching, but all were waiting for the trip to Philbin at the end of the parade to search for buried treasure, a.k.a. candy. We could not have gotten a more beautiful day; it was hot, and the water at Philbin was so refreshing. After the parade, families gathered on the beach to spend the day relaxing. Jeffie Butler is here from Colorado with her family. Kate and Tim Kausch are here for a time visiting Kate’s parents, Chris and Tom Murphy, who incidentally are founding organizers of the parade. It was truly a wonderful day. Thanks to everyone who helped to pull off the parade and the treasure hunt, and thank you to everyone who came out.
At the Aquinnah Cultural Center this week: On Thursday, July 11, from 2 to 3 pm, Tracey Leigh Adams will lead a workshop in making traditional dreamcatchers. Each person can create their own personal dreamcatcher to take home. Materials are provided; this is an all-ages activity. There is a $10 crafting fee. On Friday, July 12, there will be a Children’s Photography Workshop from 2 to 3 pm. Join ACC program director and photographer Melissa Blythe Knowles for a walk down to the Aquinnah Cliffs, where children can photograph the natural beauty in the heart of the sacred space of the Wampanoags. Bring your own cameras and meet at the Aquinnah Cultural Center. The workshop is for grades 3 and up, $10 per child.
There is a fair amount of yoga happening in Aquinnah. On Sundays, Bonnie Menton teaches yoga at the Town Hall at 8:30 am. On Monday and Wednesday, Neva Goldstein teaches a Vinyasa-style class from 9 to 10 am at the Town Hall. Then the Aquinnah Library is sponsoring a “midweek slowdown” with a yoga class taught by Jeremy Bresnahan from 4 to 5 pm at the Town Hall. Students are asked to bring their own mats.
The library is hosting some great events this summer. The Speaker Series kicks off tonight with Thomas Dresser discussing his new book, “A Travel History of Martha’s Vineyard.” The series takes place on Thursdays from 5 to 6 pm in the old Town Hall. Music on the Deck has started, and will take place every Tuesday from 5 to 6 pm. The next meeting of the Book Group will take place on July 25 at 3 pm to discuss “The Rosie Result” by Graeme Simsion. The library also has museum passes available for the new M.V. Museum, and kids can come in and sign up for summer reading.
The first Aquinnah Artisans Fair of the summer will take place from 10 am to 2 pm at the Old Town Hall on Saturday, July 17. There will be food, fun, and amazing things to buy. There will also be a craft table for kids, so bring the whole family.
Meg Higgins threw a great birthday party for her husband Adrian this past Saturday, complete with delicious potluck food, fireworks, and angel food cake made by Adrian’s mom, Abigail. It was so nice to catch up with people and celebrate one of our own.
At the end of this past May, Jed and his son, Clyde, took a surfing trip to Portugal. They stayed in Lisbon for a couple of nights, where they went to a street festival. They then rented a camper van and drove around in search of good surf spots. Jed reported that while many spots were not that populated, they always felt safe, and they found many sweet spots. They played cards at night; sometimes they cooked in the van and sometimes they went out to eat. It sounded like such a special trip for a father and son to have together. I’m sure Clyde will remember it for the rest of his days.