Aquinnah: Native Artisans Market

— Kyra Steck

Congratulations to Tom Murphy who is our new selectperson. It was a tight race between Tom and Adrian Higgins and, while Adrian was not elected, I would love to see him in some other position in town as I think he brings a great energy and perspective to Aquinnah. Congratulations also to Jim and Kathy Newman, to Jim for retiring from the select board and to Kathy for her election to the board of health.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center is open, and they are featuring a new exhibit, titled “From the Land: Our History in Perspective.” Museum hours are listed as Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 am to 4 pm, they can be reached at 508-645-7900. In other good news, the annual Aquinnah Native Artisans Market will take place on July 17 at the Circle from 11 am to 4 pm.

The Lighthouse will be opening on Thursday, July 1. It will be open four days a week — Thursday through Sunday. No word on how late in the day it will be open, yet.

Neva Goldstein is teaching yoga at the Aquinnah town hall on Monday and Wednesday at 9 am. Students must be vaccinated and bring their own mats and other props. It is a vinyasa-style class, suitable for all levels of practice. Classes are $20 each.

Online entries begin for the 2021 Chilmark Road Race on July 1 at 8 am. The race will be held in-person on Saturday, August 14. The town imposes a limit of 1,600 runners and spots go fast. All entries will be online and there will not be a waiting list. Go to RunSignUp site for full information (including full results from all races back to 2000) and online entry:

The M.V. Museum is hosting a special one-night experience this Saturday, July 3, at 9 pm titled “Nightlife in Reverse,” where the works of the amazing Richard Lee will be projected onto the front of the museum under the night sky. The front of the Museum will be transformed into a digital canvas, on which the characters that inhabit Richard’s paintings will come to life and run, flutter, and lope across the building with Richard’s same playful spirit. There will be no formal program on the MVM campus so please feel free to observe the projection show from wherever you’d like. Projection Mapping produced by PathwaysARTS and Jon Baer. Speaking of Pathways, they are still hosting online and live events through the summer, go to or call 508-645-9098 for their schedule.

The Aquinnah Fourth of July parade will happen this Sunday in the same format as last year with floats driving around Aquinnah and the Cliffs. With children not vaccinated, it was decided not to walk in a group or gather on the beach. There will be a contest for best decorated “float,” with a grand prize trophy being awarded. I know we have some creative and competitive people in town so I’m looking forward to this being a good contest. The contest will occur prior to the start of the parade, and the winner will lead the parade behind the police chief’s escort. Floats will begin lining up at 9 am, and selection of the grand prize winner will occur at 9:45 am. The parade will start at 10 am with the firing of the McDonald Cannon, and MVY Radio will again play patriotic music so folks can turn on 88.7 and blast the same music from their floats. Police will help line up the floats on Moshup Trail, starting at Old South Road and heading west towards the Cliffs. The route will go up Moshup Trail, around the Circle, down State Road, left on Lobsterville Road, then left on Lighthouse, and back down Moshup to the start. Residents are invited to go to the Circle or sit/stand anywhere along the parade route to observe the parade.

Kate Taylor is celebrating the release of her new album, “Why Wait?” with a series of shows. She’s traveling with Peter Asher and a host of other musicians. She will perform on Martha’s Vineyard on Tuesday, August 3, at 8 pm at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs. Go to for tickets.

For the fifth summer, Island Grown Initiative’s Community Lunch Program will provide free lunches throughout summer vacation to Island families. This program will run Monday through Friday, from now until August 13, with pickup locations at the West Tisbury School and the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. In addition to these pickup locations, lunches will be dropped off to children attending summer school programs at Edgartown, Tisbury, and Oak Bluffs. The Summer Lunch Program will also deliver free lunches to children enrolled in the Boys and Girls Club in Edgartown and the M.V. Community Services preschool program. All Island families are welcome to receive free lunch and no documentation or proof of income is required. IGI asks that all families who anticipate participating in the Summer Lunch Program to pre-enroll for it. The enrollment form can be found at For more information, visit or email IGI’s mobile market will be at the Tribe on Tuesdays, online pickups are at 4:45 pm, and the market is open to all from 5 to 6 pm.

The Proud on M.V. dance event at the Orange Peel Bakery was a lot of fun (I heard). Lots of people were happy to be out and dancing, other events are being planned as this one was such a success. Welcome home to Ella Mahoney who arrived this week for the summer from New York City, and to Rachel and Mike McDonald who arrived on Sunday. Happy Birthday to Siobhan Westcott who celebrates July 1, and to Albert Hutchinson who celebrates on July 2.

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