The Aquinnah Cultural Center will be hosting the annual Native Artisans Festival on Saturday, July 28 in Aquinnah Circle from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will be filled with exhibits, sales, demonstrations, food and entertainment. Native artists from several different nations will be in attendance with many different arts for purchase. Arts include wampum jewelry, beadwork, leatherwork, pottery and dreamcatchers. There also will be drumming and dancing with the Black Brook Singers. Try delicious pizza from the wood-fired outdoor stone oven of the Orange Peel Bakery. Fun for the entire family to enjoy. The VTA bus stop is just a few feet away from the activities.

This afternoon at the Aquinnah Cultural Center, Elizabeth Perry will be making 19th century-style cuffs from wampum beads. On Wednesday, August 1, there will be a Vanderhoop homestead house tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mystery writer Linda Fairstein will discuss her new mystery, Night Watch, on Tuesday, July 31, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. for the Aquinnah Public Library at the Aquinnah Town Hall. Linda, a literary luminary who divides her time between Manhattan and Martha’s Vineyard, speaks on her newest mystery, which was released on July 10. A story of Detective Alex Cooper and a serial murderer’s victims are somehow connected to Alex’s boyfriend, Luc, a French chef. Linda’s books, both fiction and non-fiction, are guaranteed to be New York Times best sellers. As always, Linda is an engaging speaker who shares pithy details of her writing and characters.

Aquinnah man-about-town Richard Skidmore will speak on Thursday, August 2, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. on Where Have All the Hippies Gone?, Revisited. Richard, a local creative spirit, videographer, lighthouse keeper, chairman of the Aquinnah housing committee, and so much more, will talk about the music scene on-Island in the 1970s. He has published articles on these times in books and magazines, including Tracking the Music, a history of music on the Vineyard, and Where Have All the Hippies Gone? This talk will hearken back to times gone by from one who was in the center of the scene.

There’s a buzz in Aquinnah. Bruce Eckman and yours truly are inviting their up-Island family and friends, including house guests, to a Pre-Possible Dreams Auction party at the Aquinnah town hall on Wednesday, August 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy the fun while learning more about why we are all supporters of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. The Possible Dreams Auction will be held on Monday, August 6.

Aquinnah needs a representative to work with the negotiations committee as they negotiate with five MTA bargaining units in the fall. The process typically starts with the teachers and then works its way through the other smaller units. The superintendent of schools, James Weiss, is hoping that each Vineyard town can participate. The first organizational meeting of the group will be held on Tuesday, August 14, at 8:30 a.m. in the superintendent’s conference room in Tisbury. If you would like more information or perhaps consider volunteering for this important contract negotiation, please call Aquinnah board of selectmen chairman Spencer Booker at 508-645-2300 or e-mail AQBOS@comcast.net.

Gay Head Gallery on State Road is open from 12 to 6 p.m. daily, closed on Tuesdays.

The Tuesday evening concerts at the Grange are fun for the family, with music by the Flying Elbows for the benefit of the West Tisbury library.

Max and Cheryl Batzer and their sons, Lucas and Travis, entertained their friends and neighbors, as always, for their 29th annual holiday fiesta. Somehow my name was not on the guest list once again this year. Cheryl really thought I had climbed over the hedges, but Max knew better that at my age, the feat was impossible. A grand time was had by all, lots of fun, food, friendship and fireworks. This is the one day of the year that I really get to see so many Aquinnah summer residents. Unfortunately, there were no guests this year from south Nantucket, but then again . . . Same time next year !

Get well wishes to Penny Huff, who recently underwent surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is resting comfortably now at home with the assistance of her family. She was anticipating the arrival of her son James Glavin Jr., from his home in Colorado.

Ken Kaufman and his wife, Corinna Majno, are managing the Totem Pole Inn this summer for Barry and Grace Reeves. Please stop by to view the facilities for your overflow guests. Corinna is also selling her seaweed cards.

There will be a graveside service for John W. Mayhew on Saturday, July 28, at the West Tisbury Cemetery at 4 p.m. with full military honors. At 5 p.m., a memorial service will take place at the Ag Hall on Panhandle Road, followed by a potluck dinner and an old-fashioned musicale. Potluck dishes may be dropped off at the Ag Hall anytime after 3 p.m.—there is limited refrigeration and no warm up facility. Bring your instruments. For further information and questions, please contact drdeb@vineyard.net.

Av and Dora Morrow are at DoraLu Manor for their summer sojourn. As always, they have a house filled with family and friends.

Maeve Sheehan enjoyed a weekend visit from her uncle Maxwell Butler, who joined the family for the weekend from his Boston home.

From the Vineyard Gazette files of July 1918: Gay Head’s Shield of Honor was presented by Governor Samuel McCall with a parade that ended at the Gay Head schoolhouse. It was noted that “your record brings home to us with startling force the fact that the Native American race has displayed a patriotism in which it is outshone by none.” Gay Head sent the highest number proportionate to population than any other city or town in New England to World War I—21 of those who served of the 23 from Gay Head were members of the Wampanoag Tribe.

Happy 29th anniversary wishes to Kathleen Smith and Jim Wallen as they celebrate on July 30.

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

Happy birthday wishes this week to Michael Sellitti, Jr. as he heads back to his studies at High Point College in North Carolina. Hollis Smith will party on July 29. Jamie Sue Vanderhoop will celebrate on July 30 and shares the day with Polly Galbraith. Christopher Laursen will celebrate a milestone on July 30. Bernadette Crossland parties on July 31 and shares the day with Dale Ferry and Terry Pothier.

Donald Smith will party on August 1 and shares the day with Dr. Ryan Shea, Jason Boynton, Charity Randolph, Barbara Magnuson Phillips and Angela Cywinski. United States Navy Rear Admiral Ron MacLaren will party on August 2, as will Kendra Read Newick, Meadow Bassett and Aileen Mahoney, who will be seven years old. Nancy Gardella and Tom Colligan share the day on August 3.