Welcome to President Obama and the First Family as they begin their restful vacation on the Vineyard once again. Perhaps this year we will see them more around town, and perhaps I will get to see them if they venture up to Aquinnah again.

All roads lead to the fair — the 149th annual Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair runs through Sunday and I will see you there!! Thank you to my Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School classmate Eleanor Fischer Neubert for her 26 years of dedication to overseeing every aspect of the fair.

Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will be the fund-raising recipient at Flatbread Pizza on Tuesday evening August 24 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Nectar’s at the airport. For every pizza sold that evening, Flatbread will donate a portion of each sale to the center for living. You may dine in or take out and a portion will assist us in our fund-raising efforts. There will also be a silent auction table of wonderful items and something for everyone to ponder purchasing. I would like to personally thank each and everyone of you who has donated to our cause over the past two months. As your Aquinnah board member, you really need to know what I am up to in representing our Aquinnah community and I thank those of you who have contributed to our effort. We will also have an informational booth at the fair.

Today at the Aquinnah Cultural Center, Mashpee Wampanoag women Emma Mills Brennan and Kitty Hendricks Miller will present ancient and contemporary music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aquinnah wampum artist and jeweler (as well as famed lighthouse keeper for President Obama and the First Family) Joan LeLacheur will present a trunk show of her jewels with her friends, Heather Hall with her felt creations, and Gabriella Camilleri and her clothing creations. Their show will be held at 62 Otis Bassett Road in West Tisbury on Saturday, August 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with music and food throughout the day. Rain date will be on Sunday.

On Wednesday, August 25 at 5:30 p.m. the Aquinnah Cultural Center is pleased to present Jennifer Kreisberg and Pura Fe of Ulali in an extraordinary concert. This will be a Native American women’s a capella group who have created a completely unique sound that encompasses an array of indigenous music. For further information, please call 508-645-7900.

On Tuesday, August 24, the Aquinnah Public Library will present art historian Peter Miller on abstract expressionist artist Philip Guston. The program is from 5 to 6 p.m. at the town hall. Lemonade and other refreshments will be served.

On Tuesday, August 31, Aquinnah’s own prehistorian Duncan Caldwell will present Mother Caves: The Implications of Paleolithic Frieze. The program will be from 5 to 6 p.m. at the town hall with refreshments served.

Eight-month-old Rosalie Delores Vanderhoop Bellis has made her Vineyard debut this week, arriving from her home in Masset, British Columbia. She was accompanied by her mother, Carrie Anne Vanderhoop Bellis, and her grandmother, Evelyn Churchill Vanderhoop Wylie. Rosalie is also visiting her grandfather, David Elliot Vanderhoop, her uncle, David Elliot Vanderhoop 2nd, sister, Nanauwe Vanderhoop, great-grandmother, Anne Vanderhoop Madison, and many extended family members.

Congratulations and best wishes to Cecil French and his bride, Melissa Villa, on their August 7 wedding.

Aquinnah art collector and now famous author Diane McManus Jensen and her husband, David Jensen, have been entertaining their children and grandchildren this week. With them are Ann and William, children of Peter and Kelli, as well as Stella and Jake, children of John and Katy. Their son, Dan Jensen, is back in Los Angeles with his flourishing career. Diane will have a book signing of her new book The Art of Collecting at the Vineyard Playhouse on Thursday, August 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Please stop by and enjoy the lively discussion with Diane and learn more about several wonderful art collections of many people we know.

Katy Ketchum of San Francisco will be returning to her sophomore year studies at Connecticut College tomorrow after a busy summer working at the Chilmark Store. Katy has spent the summer with her grandparents, John and Ellie Ketchum, of Pancake Hollow.

Chelsea Maida returned to her home in Florida this week after spending her summer vacation with her grandmother, Margaret Maida.

Tricia Mulligan and her sons, Lucas and Tino, have arrived for the month of August and will be staying at the Totem Pole Inn. The boys will anxiously await the arrival of their dad, Tony Garnier.

Congratulations to Aquinnah artist Gloria Scher on her National Arts Club Award for her painting shows at the 11th annual exhibiting members exhibition in Manhattan. Gloria’s work was shown at the Broome Street Gallery in Soho this past spring. All of Gloria’s friends from Aquinnah will be joining her at her reception on Sept. 4 at the Louisa Gould Gallery on Main street in Vineyard Haven which will run from Sept. 2 through Sept. 16. On Wednesday afternoon we all congratulated her while we sat around the pool. Great work, Gloria — what an honor!

All the best to Ben Thompson and his bride Courtney as they celebrate their wedding day on August 21 amid family and friends.

Naushon Vanderhoop arrived home on Wednesday with her friend Vernon and they are the guests of her brother, Woody, and his wife, Jamie Vanderhoop.

Evelyn Churchill Vanderhoop Wylie is the guest of Roxanne Ackerman while here to visit her son, David Elliot 2nd.

Happy 43rd anniversary wishes to Barry and Grace Reeves on August 25.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Cheryl Batzer as she celebrates her special day on August 21. Jen Zern will also party on Saturday while in the midst of writing her novel. Cecil French will party on August 22, as will Teresa Temple and Cera Garvin. Noli Taylor celebrates on August 23 and shares the day with Tricia Mulligan, Wilde Whitcombe, Virginia Hall, and Leonard C. Vanderhoop. Linda Jeffers Coombs will celebrate while at work at the Aquinnah Cultural Center on August 24. Moshup Alexander Galbraith will be 15 on August 24. Margaret Maida will party on August 25, as will Barry Reeves.

A very special happy birthday wish to Garth W. Edwards as he celebrates his 95th birthday surrounded by his large and loving family at their Abel’s Hill home on August 25.

Chef extraordinaire Daphne Lewis will celebrate on August 26. Marilyn Maciel parties on August 26 while getting out those bumper stickers and pins for Neal Maciel for Sheriff! Mary Jane Carpenter will celebrate her special day on August 27. Tiffany Belain parties on the 27th.