Aquinnah: Cultural Center exhibit

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— Kyra Steck

The Aquinnah 4th of July parade was fun even without the beach treasure hunt. For the second year in a row, the parade was limited to “floats” (cars decorated in incredibly fun ways), and they looped up the Cliffs and around town. Groups of people gathered at the ends of their driveways to cheer the parade on. Winner of best float and so the lead of the parade was Greg Plumber and his vaccine mobile. The Taylors did a great job of representing with floats by Isaac and Noli Taylor, Alex Taylor and Hugh and Jeanie Taylor. Thank you to all who made it happen and brought some cheer to our town.

The weather was iffy all day on Sunday, and it was the first 4th of July in a long time that I did not spend most of the day on Philbin. Then in the late afternoon there was an odd power outage that lasted around half an hour. I was convinced it was Russian hackers targeting different spots around America (not that I heard of power going out in any other area, I just made that part up) on the 4th of July. Then the power returned, and I decided that it must have been something a little more mundane and easily fixed. Thank you to the electric line workers who got power back up and running quickly.

Welcome to Brad Lopes, who is the new program director at the Aquinnah Cultural Center. I look forward to meeting Brad and hearing about the plans for the ACC. Currently their exhibit, “From the Land: Our History in Perspective” is running. Museum hours are 11 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday. The Annual Aquinnah Native Artisans Market will be held from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, July 17, (rain date July 18) at Aquinnah Circle.

At the library, Eunice Youmans from Island Grown Initiative will share ideas to process all the food waste on the Island. The discussion is this Thursday, July 8, at 5 pm on the deck of the library. On Thursday, July 15, at 5 pm Isabella Stewart will discuss her new book “Tangled Vines, Island Crimes” as part of the Summer Speaker Series. This talk will be via Zoom. If you are interested in either of these events, email Julia at jmatejcek@clamsnet.org. The library is open Tuesday and Thursday, 11 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.

There is an exhibit of Elise LeBovit’s photographs at the Mytoi Garden, 41 Dike Road, on Chappaquiddick, titled, “Seasons at Mytoi.” The exhibit is open July 17 and 18 and August 13 and 14 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Pathways is continuing programming through the summer at different locations around the Island and online. This Saturday, they will present “Nightlife in Reverse” at the M.V. Museum from 9 to 10 pm. The works of Richard Lee will be projected onto the museum. Pathways writing series on Tuesday nights continue on Zoom through July at 7 pm. On Sunday, July 11, from 7 to 9 pm, Pathways presents Andy Herr and Friends at the Tisbury Water Works, this concert is free and open to all. Go to Pathwaysmv.org for information about all their programming.

Welcome home to Emerson Mahoney who is here for most of the summer. Happy Birthday to Shannon Sanderson who celebrates on Thursday, July 8, the Rev. Cathlin Baker, Tuesday July 13, and Ali Mead, July 14.

If you have any Aquinnah Town Column suggestions, email Molly Purves, mlpurves@yahoo.com.