Pizza nights at Juli’s are pretty rocking again. Last week there were many people present, locals and visitors alike. Lisa Vanderhoop brought her father who was visiting, Jim Wallen came with his son, Nick, and Jim and Kathy Newman were there with their grandchildren, Sage and Parker, along with the girls’ other grandparents, Cheryl and Frank. Both sets of grandparents deserve gold stars as they were watching the girls overnight while the girls’ parents, Peter and Siri, were celebrating their 10th anniversary on Nantucket. The whole family seemed content, not missing the parents at all, just wanting, “More Pizza!” as Sage said quite loudly. Sarah said it was some of the best pizza she ever had.
Jim and Kathy have been hosting their son, Peter, and his family now for a couple of weeks and they had a little cocktail party on Sunday where I got to catch up with Penny Weinstein. She and her husband, Phil, are back for the summer, and Penny is planting her very first vegetable garden. I also saw Berta Welch and her sisters and learned that they have a brother. Sometimes I really can’t believe I have a column, I know so little about all the old Aquinnah families. In my defense, however, the brother, David, is never with them. And Berta, Carla, and Adriana seem to travel in a pack. I never see just one at a party; it’s always the three of them. Berta is of course very busy right now, like the rest of us and not foreseeing “any rest any time soon.”
You can cruise over to the Town Hall and get your beach permits Monday through Friday from 9 am to 12 noon from our town clerk, Carolyn Felz. The cost is $35 per car. Questions? Call Carolyn at 508-645-2304.
Friday night from 6 to 8 pm at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury is the Windemere Auction, which benefits the residents’ activity fund.
On Saturday you can participate in the Lighthouse Challenge, co-sponsored by the M.V. Chamber of Commerce. From 10 am to 4 pm you can visit all the lighthouses on the Island. Tickets are $15 for an individual, $25 for a family. Once you finish up in Aquinnah you can go over to the Vanderhoop Homestead for the opening day of the Aquinnah Cultural Center. It will be opening for the season on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. While there you can welcome new Program Co-coordinator Linda Coombs, who was director of the Native American program at Plimouth Plantation and is very knowledgeable. The Center is pleased to have her on board.
Next Thursday at the Library, the sustainable book club will meet at 5 pm to discuss Carl Safina’s “Song for the Blue Ocean.” In other library news, Michelle Laurie is home and doing much better and may be back at the library soon on a very part-time basis. Jenny Christy’s last day at the library is still June 19, even though many of us have tried to convince her otherwise. The Friends of the Aquinnah Public Library are giving Jenny a little send-off on her last day, but I don’t have the details yet.
Many of the Aquinnah college kids are home for the summer. Nina Butler is working at the Beach Plum Inn, after spending an amazing semester in Scotland. Ana Sargent is home and working as a gardener. Sophia Welch is working part time for the Aquinnah Cultural Center and part time for the Tribal Lab, which she loves. Here’s hoping we all enjoy our summer jobs, since they are what enable us to be here at all.