Aquinnah: People out, daffodils up


Daffodils are blooming all over town. While the temperatures are still fluctuating (there was actually frost last week), I think winter is finally over. The trees should be blooming soon and then the lilacs will be out hopefully in time for Mother’s Day. Everyone is coming outside and cleaning up their yards and getting ready for the summer.

This Saturday at the Aquinnah Library from 12 noon to 3 pm there will be Legos and cartoons for kids. Next Saturday Barbara Lampson will give a talk on container gardening.

The 33rd Chilmark Women’s Symposium will be held at the Chilmark Community Center this Saturday, April 26, from 9 am to 12 noon. The theme is “Dreams.” There will be speakers, small discussion groups and refreshments. The event is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, call Bonnie George at 508-645-3214.

If you or a young person you know is looking to become a lifeguard this summer the Mansion House Health Club will offer American Red Cross Life Saving certification starting on May 1. The course will be taught by Aquatics Director Jennifer Fragosa. You must be at least 15 years old and the course is approximately 31 hours and costs $350. The course meets at the Mansion House Pool. Contact Jennifer Fragosa at 508-693-2200 or

The public is invited to a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, May 7, at 7 pm at the Old Town Hall in Aquinnah. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard, the forum will offer an opportunity to hear statements from those running for office and to ask questions on topics of your interest. Be sure to attend and bring your friends.

There are lots of advances being made in the Save the Gay Head Light campaign: the $10,000 grant from the Permanent Endowment, the selection of the company who will do the move, and now this special concert to benefit the Lighthouse.

Rosanne Cash will perform on July 1 at Flatbread’s. Doors Open at 8 pm and there will be a live auction with Tony Shalhoub at 8:45 pm. Tickets are $200 and you can buy them in advance. Make your check payable to Town of Aquinnah with “Lighthouse Fund/Cash Concert” in the memo line. Send checks to: Town of Aquinnah, 65 State Rd, Aquinnah, MA 02535.

Both egg hunts held in Aquinnah over the weekend went swimmingly. First up was the Library’s on Saturday. Twenty-nine kids varying in age from under a year to 14 years old, gathered to search for eggs hidden on the property. Claus Smith found quite a lot and then shared his bounty with others. Go Claus! The quote of the day came from a three-year-old girl who said, “Beans. Beans. Ders beans in da eggs.”

Next up was the Duck Inn’s annual egg hunt on Sunday where 400 eggs get hidden all over the yard. While kids searched for eggs and trinkets adults gathered inside to catch up and partake of the potluck. Congratulations to Westley Wlodyka who found the golden egg. How lucky are we to have two great spring events in one weekend? I’m so sorry I missed them both as I was away this weekend but thank you to Barbara Lampson and Elise LeBovit who filled me in on the goings on.

Eddie Stahl and his wife, Alyssa, and their daughter, Lucille, had a great time in Mexico and Toronto. They have just returned after being away for nearly two and a half months, having missed the worst of the winter weather. Lucky them, and what a fun time to be returning to the Island.

A very happy birthday to Clovis Smith who turned three this past Tuesday!

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