The Art of Wampum will be featured at Featherstone Center for the Arts with an opening reception on Sunday, August 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. featuring wampum artists of Aquinnah. Joan LeLacheur, the show curator, will present her wampum art as well as that of her fellow artists Kate Taylor, Berta Welch, Giles Welch, Donald Widdiss and Jason Widdiss — each artist having their own special unique works of art and design. Their wampum will be on display in the Featherstone gallery which is open from noon to 4 p.m. daily. For further information please call 508-693-1850.

Superstar Katie Mayhew and pianist David Crohan have recently released a new CD of their duets from their fall 2009 concert at the Old Whaling Church. They will generously donate a portion of the proceeds to several worthy causes around the Vineyard including Camp Jabberwocky and the Community Solar Greenhouse. On Sunday, August 1 they will perform together at the Old Whaling Church at 4:30 p.m. Their CDs will be available for sale at the concert and at Aboveground Records, Alley’s General Store, Rainy Day and the Secret Garden. Tickets are $25 and include a reception following the concert.

The Liman home in Chilmark will be the setting on Sunday evening, August 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. for a gala celebration to benefit the Vineyard Playhouse in their capital campaign to renovate the playhouse which is in need of repairs. Spend the evening with Doug Liman and his friends Tamara Buchwald and Abigail Rose Solomon. Tickets are $125 per person. RSVP to Tessa Hayward at 508-693-6450, extension 29 or Tessa@vineyardplayhouse.org.

Bess Childs will gladly teach you how to Zumba with her free class at the Mansion House on Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and learn how to effectively exercise while having lots of fun.

Have your blood pressure checked at the Aquinnah town hall on Wednesday, August 4 by town nurse Stacia Broderick. Stacia will be available from 9 to 10 a.m. for Aquinnah residents.

The Chilmark fire department will be sponsoring their annual Backyard Bash on Wednesday, August 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center. A fun time for the entire family to enjoy and to support our neighboring fire department that supports us consistently and is always there with their mutual assistance in our time of need.

Marty Nadler will present An Evening of Comedy at the Tabernacle on Saturday, August 7 at 8 p.m. in his Very Vineyard show. It is necessary to dress incognito to avoid the embarrassment of Marty recognizing you in his audience. Marty will be making his first appearance at the Tabernacle in celebration of their 175th anniversary. Tickets are $10 and $15 and may be purchased at the door or at the Cottage Museum Shop, Aboveground Records, Alley’s General Store and at other locations around the Island.

Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will be sponsoring a Summer Bazaar/Fancy Fleas on Saturday, August 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School parking lot. We will have a vast array of vendors selling their most unique items. Vendor space is still available. Refreshments will be available during the bazaar. Please call Karen at 508-360-5842 to reserve a 10 x 20 space for $50 ($25 for nonprofit organizations). This will be part of our fund-raising efforts while we envision a new home especially for the Supportive Day Program which is currently running at capacity and in need of a new home.

I enjoyed a brief visit from Cheryl Kinnecom Cullinan this past week while she and Norma Jean Sigelman were touring Aquinnah. Cheryl, who returned to her home in Florida on Wednesday, has been staying with her grandmother, Alice M. Rose, who will be observing her 100th birthday next month.

Chris Lyons and his wife Kim and their baby Kay have arrived for their annual stay at the Saltonstall home. Of course this was Kay’s first Vineyard visit and she will have many happy memories. Chris and yours truly were fellow coworkers at Gay Head Sightseeing Company about 30 years ago when Ken Rose was the proprietor and we shared many happy times together with all of our coworkers. Chris fondly remembers his daily bus tours to what was then Gay Head. It has been great seeing them once again.

Noah James Manning returned home on Monday afternoon after spending four days with his family in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He especially traveled to attend the Kistner family reunion which was held on Saturday and included 57th anniversary wishes to his grandparents, Bill and Joan Kistner, and birthday wishes for a few of his cousins. The family then gathered at Mike and Margaret Kistner’s on Sunday for Olivia’s 16th birthday and Ava’s first birthday. Noah was accompanied on his journey by his parents, Paul and Theresa.

Sage Surner arrived over the weekend for a visit with his many Aquinnah friends. He has been staying with Gladys Widdiss and at the homes of Carl and Donald Widdiss and assisting them all with his various skills. He also looks forward to spending time with his niece Josie Iadicicco while he is here.

Happy second anniversary wishes to Tyler and Carrie Anne (Vanderhoop) Bellis as they celebrate on August 2.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Terry Pothier as she celebrates on July 31 and shares the day with budding photographer Dale Ferry.

Aquinnah assistant assessor Angela Cynwinski will party on August 1 as will Barbara Magnuson Phillips, Donald Smith, Jason Boynton, Charity Randolph, and Ryan Shea.

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ron MacLaren will celebrate on August 2 and we will look forward to his visit in a few weeks. Kendra Newick will celebrate a major milestone on August 2. Aileen Mahoney will be five years old on August 2 and is looking forward to kindergarten in September. Meadow Bassett will also party on August 2.

Fellow Vineyard Gazette columnist Nancy Gardella will observe her special day on August 3 and shares the day with Tom Colligan, who has just returned from a family trip to Ireland.

Tricia Bergeron celebrates her special day on August 4 and may she also have a new pair of orange jelly sandals as well. Jean Tatelbaum will also party on August 4, as will Donald Mitchell.

Pam Morgan Dolby will celebrate on August 5 and shares the day with Susan Klein. Terry Iadicicco parties on August 6. Dr. Peter J. Laursen will celebrate on August 6 with a large box of Chilmark Chocolates.