Welcome to Sowanahsh William Spears Vanderhoop, son of William Durwood Vanderhoop and Jamie Sue Spears, who was born on August 16 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Sowanahsh weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces. He is the newest tribal member and the grandson of Roxanne Ackerman and the late William Diamond Vanderhoop Sr. and the grandson of Joanne and Ronald Spears of Rhode Island. He is welcomed to Aquinnah by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins by the hundreds.

This afternoon at the Aquinnah Cultural Center, powwow music and eastern social dance songs will be presented until 4 p.m. Join Jonathan Perry and James Hakenson as they demonstrate several types of music, drums, rattles and flute. On Saturday Darius Coombs will demonstrate the art of making wampum jewelry. On Wednesday, August 29, Geraldine Brooks will return for her second round-table discussion following the first one of 2011. The discussion will center around her recently-released paperback version of Caleb’s Crossing following her presentation in 2011. Suggested donation is $7.

Angela Davis and Gina Dent will be the guest speakers this evening at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at Alley’’s, C’est La Vie, Bunch of Grapes, Island Entertainment and Edgartown Books. Tickets at the door are $20. Angela and Gina were part of a delegation of women of color who visited the occupied territories in July 2011 and will present their reports from Palestine. Donations and admission will benefit the Jewish Voice for Peace in Boston. Host committee members of Aquinnah include Jean Entine, Adriana Ignacio, Mitzi Pratt, Joann Eccher and her husband, Derrill Bazzy.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum will be the recipients of a donation from each pizza sold on Tuesday, August 28 from noon to 9:30 p.m at Flatbread. There will also be a raffle and a trivia game in the evening.

Duncan Caldwell, of Aquinnah and Paris, will be the featured speaker at the Vineyard Haven Library on Tuesday, August 28 at 7 p.m. He will discuss his latest trip to the Sahara and note the many symbols used in Egypt. Refreshments will be served.

Lisa Bibko-Vanderhoop is pleased to announce that her 2013 Seadogs calendar has arrived on shelves across the Vineyard. Of note, a fellow Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School classmate is on one of the pages with his dog and his boat. Calendars are available at the Aquinnah Shop, Alley’s, Cronig’s and other outlets across the Vineyard.

On Saturday, August 25, Laurie Jeanne Bradway and Steve Yeomans will be selling most of the contents of their home of the past few years. They are having a major moving sale with nowhere yet to move to and will be looking for year-round rental possibilities, as are many people I know of at this time. Anyway, stop by the town hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and find some treasures.

JoJo Vanderhoop Lee has had a guest over the summer, Julien Degos from Poey in the southwest of France. Julien visited for three weeks and it was a pleasure to meet him. JoJo had stayed with Julien’s family during a school trip when he was a student at Newton High School. Julien and Jo Jo spent time in Newton, Aquinnah, then a week in New York city and another week in Washington, D.C. staying with uncles Charles Vanderhoop III and Henry Stottmeister. The highlight of the trip was the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in D.C., as Julien intends to go to school to become a pilot.

All the best to Vernon Giles Welch who has headed West to attend college at Haskell in Lawrence, Kansas. He is the son of Vern and Berta Welch and we look forward to his arrival home for vacations.

Due to time constraints, I will report next week on the wonderful time and ribbons and displays of Aquinnah residents at the fair, and also thank David and Douglas Seward on their amazing historic presentation of Gay Head.

I would like to take the time to wish to very special friends and family members a very happy birthday. Alice M. Rose will observe her 102nd birthday on August 29. Beatrice Vanderhoop Gentry will also observe her 102nd birthday on August 31.

Next week I will promise to catch up on birthdays and anniversaries.