Aquinnah: Circle Time and Mobile Market

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— Kyra Steck

The Annual Aquinnah Native Artisans Market and Aquinnah Public Safety Day were held this Saturday and I have never seen so many people there. The event may have been helped by the weather, which was overcast but not rainy. There were lots of great artisans from Aquinnah and around New England. Beverly Wright manned the Sailor’s Valentine table where people could make their own Valentine from an assortment of shells. Donald Widdis, Berta Welch, and Jannette Vanderhoop were all there selling their original and beautiful creations. There were burgers and hot dogs provided by the police and fire departments. The public safety area saw a throng of young children (and adults) climbing on trucks and getting tours of the “command center,” a thing I thought only existed in the movies. Claus and Clovis Smith went through the event twice before heading to the beach. I’m sorry if you missed it, it was an exceptionally good time.

Today (Thursday) at the library Liz Durkee will discuss how the M.V. Commission’s Climate Action Task Force is addressing climate change on-Island. The talk will be at 5 pm, in person outside on the deck. Next week at 2 pm on Thursday, July 29, Sanushq Camille will host an interactive Circle Time with stories and songs in the Wampanoag language on the deck. Space is limited for both events, so email jmatejcek@clamsnet.org to register.

Danza Orgánica and Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribal Members, âs nupumukâunean (We Still Dance) will perform this Friday, July 23, at 6 and 8 pm at the Yard’s open-air studio. Danza Orgánica and the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe started working together in 2018. They performed at the Aquinnah Cultural Center’s annual fundraiser and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum a few years back. They have been working on their original piece over the last two weeks. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend going. This performance takes place in person and masks are required. Go to dancetheyard.org for ticket information.

The 43rd annual Possible Dreams Auction is this Sunday, hosted by Seth Meyers. The auction benefits M.V. Community Services and while it will be held virtually again this year, it is still one of the go-to events of the summer season. Online bidding opens on Friday, July 23, at 9 am for 24 dream packages. On Sunday at 5 pm the auction will be live streamed and online bidding opens for another nine dream packages. On July 27 at 9 pm online bidding will close. Go to mvcommunityservices.org/events/possible-dreams for tickets.

Island Grown Initiative’s mobile market is in Aquinnah at the Tribe on Tuesdays. Online order pickup is at 4:45 pm, and then from 5 to 6 pm it is open to the public. Get fresh produce right here in Aquinnah.

Shakespeare for the Masses continues their performances of “Macbeth” on Thursday, July 22, from 6 to 7pm in the Bodman Courtyard at the M.V. Museum and then at the Tisbury Amphitheater on Tuesday, July 27. Tickets have been selling out so get there early or get tickets at mvplayhouse.org. The performances are free, but space is limited.

There are many wonderful people to celebrate this week. Juli Vanderhoop’s birthday was this past Monday. Joan Jenkinson will celebrate on Thursday, Hugh Taylor on Saturday, Berta Welch on Sunday, Joan LeLacheur on Monday, and Michael Selitti Jr. on Wednesday. That’s a pretty great roundup, happy birthday one and all.

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