Aquinnah: Something for everyone


Thank you to Gabbi Camilleri for organizing the Aquinnah Artisans Fair that was held this past Saturday at the Old Town Hall. There were so many beautiful, useful, and yummy things for sale it was hard to know where to start. If you missed this one, don’t worry! There will be another on Saturday, July 27, at the Old Town Hall.

Lexie Roth and her father, Arlen, are selling their house at 15 Old South Rd., and will be hosting an epic yard sale on Thursday, July 18, from 11 am to 2 pm. They both have great taste, so I’m sure there will be some good finds.

Also, on Thursday, from 10 to 11 am, you can come to the Aquinnah Town Hall and talk to public health nurse Lori Perry. You can get your blood pressure checked, ask general health questions, and get information on ticks and tick-borne illnesses.

The Aquinnah Circle will be the happening place to be this Saturday, July 20. The 13th annual Native American Artisans Festival will be held alongside the town’s Public Safety Day. The festival runs from 11 am to 4 pm, and will feature artisans from Aquinnah and the greater New England native community. There will also be some activities to participate in, demonstrations, really good food, and live music. Public Safety Day runs from noon to 5 pm, and will feature all the impressive fire and rescue equipment Aquinnah has to offer, and games for the kids. There is something for everyone at these two events.

There will be a wampum demonstration at the Aquinnah Cultural Center on Thursday, July 18, from 2 to 3 pm. Join Wampanoag tribal member Tracy Leigh Adams as she crafts authentic wampum and Island beach sea glass artwork. Tracy started her own jewelry business, Martha’s Vineyard Native, in 2018. The demo is suitable for all ages, and is $10 per person. On Friday, July 19, from 2 to 3 pm there will be a “Children’s Photography Workshop” at the Aquinnah Cliffs. Join ACC program director and photographer Melissa Blythe Knowles for a walk down to the Aquinnah Cliffs. Bring your own camera and meet at the Aquinnah Cultural Center. For grades 3 and up, cost is $10 per child.

At the library this week, the speaker series continues Thursday, July 18, with Sarah Lynne Reul, who will explore the process of writing and illustrating a picture book in her talk. The series takes place at 5 pm in the Old Town Hall, and refreshments will be served. There will be a special story time with Reul on Saturday, July 20, at 10:30 am. She will read her picture books “The Breaking News” and “Allie All Along.” Music on the Deck takes place every Tuesday from 5 to 6 pm. On Wednesdays in July and August, there is a free yoga class sponsored by the library from 4 to 5 pm at the Old Town Hall. Please bring a mat. Next Thursday, July 25, the Book Group will meet at 3 pm to discuss “The Rosie Result.” And Richard Johnson will present the ecology of ticks on the Island, the emergence of the Lone Star tick, and strategies for avoiding tick-borne illness at the speaker series.

The First Congregational Church of West Tisbury will present its annual Blueberry Festival at the church at 1051 State Rd. in West Tisbury on Saturday, July 20, from 12 to 4 pm, rain or shine. Enjoy blueberries and ice cream, blueberry-peach cobbler “just like your grandmother used to make,” and their famous blueberry-pomegranate smoothies; there will also be take-home baked goods for sale. All proceeds of this fundraiser help support this historic church and the Island community.

If you have hazardous waste sitting around in your basement, yard, or garage, bring it to the Edgartown Transfer Station at 750 West Tisbury Rd. in Edgartown on Saturday, July 20, from 9 am to noon. 

Happy birthday to Skyler Cameron, who turned 21 on July 11. That is crazy; I swear he just graduated from high school. The M.V. Playhouse is presenting Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” at the amphitheater in Vineyard Haven, Thursday through Saturday in July and Thursday through Sunday the first two weeks in August. Come see Amy Barrow, Chelsea McCarthy, Mac Young, me, and some other talented young people in a lovely play. The show starts at 5 pm, and is over by 7 pm. Bring a picnic and something comfortable to sit on.