Today at the Aquinnah Cultural Center, Janette Vanderhoop will demonstrate traditional painted clothing decoration. Paint is applied to deerskin with toothpicks, simulating ancient methods of decorating. Paint and take your deerskin sample home. Crafting fee, $5. On Saturday, August 4, Doug Vanderhoop and his family will show how to weave and bead your own dreamcatcher. Crafting fee, $10. On Wednesday, August 8, join Kerri Helme as she demonstrates the making of traditional pottery or clay cooking kettles, which Wampanoag people have made and used for 2,500 years; admission fee covers craft fee for that day.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum will host a Marine Hospital open house on Saturday, August 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 151 Lagoon Pond Road in Tisbury. Join the Museum board of directors and staff for a tour of the new museum property. The former Marine Hospital/St. Pierre School overlooks the lagoon and the harbor. Parking is available at the top of the hill; the property is not yet handicapped-accessible. Free and open to all.

On Tuesday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the Museum library, Duncan Caldwell will present The Place of Testing: The Epic Expedition that Solved the Last Mystery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb. Starting off on Martha’s Vineyard, an expedition was launched along the Libyan/Egyptian boarder searching for the origin of a piece of meteoritic glass from Tutankhamun’s tomb, which came from a hostile area in the Sahara so dangerous that the Egyptians of King Tut’s time could not get there. An Aquinnah summer resident, Mr. Caldwell will discuss the expedition that finally held the answer to one of the most enduring mysteries of ancient Egypt. Tickets are $8 for members, and $12 for non-members.

The hours of the tours at the Gay Head Lighthouse have changed for the month of August. Tours will be daily from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. and sunset tours will be on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; Museum members and children under 12 are free. Closed in inclement weather.

The Possible Dreams Auction will be held on Monday, August 6, in Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs. The auction has benefitted the services of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services for thirty years. The gates open at 3:45 p.m., the silent auction begins at 4 p.m., and the live auction begins at 5 p.m. Some of the featured items this year include a walk on the red carpet like a star at the Emmy’s, Red Sox and Yankees face-off tickets, sip wine with your friends in the Italian countryside, and many more possible dreams. I would like to thank everyone who has been so generous with their offers of dreams this year. See you at the auction. Tickets are only $25 and in the meantime, follow your dreams!

Noli Taylor will be the featured speaker on Tuesday August 7 at 5 p.m. at the Aquinnah Public Library. Her topic will be the School Food Revolution on Martha’s Vineyard. Noli coordinates Island Grown Schools, the Vineyard’s farm-to-school program. In less than five years, IGS has installed learning gardens at every K-to-12 school on the Vineyard and at four pre-schools, and has worked with school cafeteria staff to move every school to now regularly source Island-grown ingredients for school meals. Learn how other communities can get similar programs started.

Nancy Leenson Caldwell will be the featured speaker on Thursday, August 9, at 5 p.m. at the Aquinnah Public Library. Her topic will be A Space for Dialogue and Diversity in Paris. Nancy and her husband, Duncan, are residents of Paris and Aquinnah. Nancy’s work in Paris champions ways to encourage open multi-cultural sharing of ideas and activities. She has been working in the intercultural field for over 25 years and living in it for over 50. She is based in Paris, consulting, teaching as a Maitre de Conference at HEC and volunteering with human rights associations.

Jane Coakley, executive director of Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society reminds us that on Monday August 6 at the Old Whaling Church and Tuesday August 7 at the Chilmark Community Center at 8 p.m. the glorious music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons will be performed on a Dodd harpsichord from Boston, thanks to the generosity of Bob Conway of Chilmark.

The Aquinnah board of selectmen will have a strategic planning meeting on Tuesday, August 7, at 7 p.m. for all Aquinnah residents at the town hall. Cheese and refreshments will be served. The outcome of this and a town hall employee meeting is the development of a five-year plan that will address current issues. Please take the time to think of what core values (community development, beaches and harbors, leadership and public trust, etc.) should be established for planning purposes so that the selectmen can begin an implementation of objectives that will serve as the foundation for the administration of our government and delivery of services.

The annual Feast & Fundraiser at the Aquinnah Cultural Center will be held on Saturday, August 11, at 5 p,m. RSVPO 508-645-7900.

The Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association will host a wine and cheese reception on Monday, August 12, at 5 p.m. at the Vanderhoop Homestead at Aquinnah Circle. In case of rain, it will be held at the town hall. Guest speaker will be Soo Whiting, the well known expert (and weekly Vineyard Gazette columnist) on birds and birding, whose talk (together with a slide presentation) will be Things Have Changed, relating to the changes in our bird population since the 1960s. The reception is free but contributions are suggested to help defray the expenses, and if you can please bring finger foods, they will be gratefully appreciated.

Aquinnah Fire Chief Simon Bollin is delighted to report that the fire department now has 12 active members who participate each week.

Condolences to the family of Dorothy Scott Kelley, who died recently at Windemere. She was a long-time dedicated volunteer in the radiology department of the old Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Theresa Manning returned home over the weekend after attending a conference in Nashville in conjunction with her work as coordinator for the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force. While there, Theresa just missed Kate Taylor and visited with Katherine Poole Murray and with Dana Radford Fuller. Judd Fuller was away for the week, performing with Rodney Atkins in Kansas, Nebraska and points in between.

Welcome to Michael and Dana Mills of Oregon City, Oregon, who will arrive this weekend for their first Vineyard visit. The Millses are Jonathan Zacks’ in-laws, and they will be the guests of his parents, Arnold and Norma Zack. Jonathan will also be arriving for a few days of surfing.

Jan Haughton Tracy and her daughter Christine recently returned to their home in Florida while husband/father Tom Tracy remained at their Aquinnah family home, Rock Spring. Christine enjoyed diving at the site of the old marine disaster, the Port Hunter.

Charles W. Vanderhoop 3rd has arrived from Manhattan for a visit with family and friends and especially his sister, Martha Vanderhoop, her husband, Marshall Lee, and their sons, Samuel and JoJo.

Happy 43rd anniversary wishes to Arnold and Norma Zack as they celebrate their special day on August 10.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Tricia Bergeron on August 4, who shares her day with Jean Tatelbaum and Donnie Mitchell. Pam Morgan Dolby will observe a major milestone on August 5 and shares the day with Vineyard storyteller Susan Klein.

Dr. Peter J. Laursen will observe his special day on August 6, with Chilmark Chocolates as his gift! Terry Iadicicco will party on August 6. Aquinnah Town Clerk, as well as a lady with many hats around the Aquinnah town hall, Carolyn Feltz will observe her special day on August 7. David Elliot Vanderhoop 2nd will party on the 7th. Beatrice Patadal and Evan Hall will celebrate on August 8. Layne Bazzy will observe her special day on August 9. Teri Morse, Jim Boales and Peter Jeffers all party on the 10th.