Ricky Vanderhoop died peacefully at home on Monday afternoon after a long illness. He was surrounded by his loved ones and will be missed terribly. Much love to the Vanderhoop family. His wake will be held on Thursday, October 17, at the Aquinnah Town Hall, with visiting hours from 3 to 7 pm. His funeral service will be held on Friday, October 18, beginning at 1 pm at the Gay Head Community Baptist Church with a graveside service to follow at the town cemetery. Following the services, a potluck collation will be held at the Aquinnah Shop.

Well the downhill slide to the long, cold dark winter begun; at least it is still bright and sunny now, but I know what is waiting for us in January and February. Someone told me that they think it’s going to be a very cold winter because all the animals are coming out and stocking up on more food. Is this true? I don’t know that I can handle another winter like last year. Actually I can as long as there are not the flus and sickness going around that there was last year. That is what made it truly awful. For right now I’m going to enjoy the warmth while it lasts.

Liz Witham is bringing the famous Bread & Puppet Theater to the Chilmark Community Center on Wednesday, October 23. They will perform the Bread & Puppet 50th Anniversary Cabaret from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Bread and Puppet is one of the oldest self-sustaining and politically active theater companies in the country, and this is sure to be a great event. There will be a Community Potluck Dinner, 6–7:30 pm, which is a zero waste event, so please bring your own dishes and utensils.

Saturday crafts at the library continue this week with “dragons,” and the following Saturday will be “spooky pumpkins.” Craft time is from noon until 3 pm, and the library has coffee and snacks available all day on Saturdays. The soap making class this past week was a huge hit. I arrived at the library to find Kate Taylor and her daughter, Liz Witham, making beautiful soaps with fresh flowers and scents. Kate made a very pretty soap pressed into a quahog shell and Maisie, Lisa Sherman’s daughter, made a very elaborate soap with different shapes pressed into a bar.

The Aquinnah Halloween Party will be Thursday October 31 at the Old Town Hall, 4–6 pm. Bring a snack to share and come in costume, please! The party will be followed by trick or treating throughout the town starting at the library. If you would like to be on the trick or treat list you can email Alex Taylor at If you would like to help with the Halloween party in any way call or email me.

Goodbye Outermost Inn, see you next year. This past Sunday was the inn’s last night of the season. There was music courtesy of Hugh Taylor and a big fire going in the fire place. Soon Hughie and Jeanie will leave for the Bahamas to spend the winter in sunny splendor. Jeanie said she realized that she was ready to leave when one of her Bahama neighbors sent her a picture of the beach down there. Have a good winter, guys! Think of us suffering in the cold while you are sunning yourselfs all winter.

The Chilmark Store closed this past Monday, so now I really need to make a list and check it twice whenever I go to the grocery store because it’s at least 20 minutes to the closest food source or I have to borrow from the one neighbor left on my road.

The sales at Pandora’s Box and On the Cliffs were this past week and man were they packed with ladies looking for a bargain (including myself). On the Cliffs will stay open until the end of the month and many of their items are still on sale and they are selling the “Save the Gayhead Lighthouse” tees.

Happy Birthday to Jenna Petersiel who celebrates on Tuesday.

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