Aquinnah prepares for the summer with beach stickers and story times


Now we have a little down time, a respite to catch our breath before the pace picks back up and it’s full steam ahead. Most of the summer people I talked to over Memorial Day were just here for the weekend and then will be returning mid or late June for the season. So, now is the time to do anything that you won’t be able to do for all of July and August or to drive down Island wantonly, for no good reason than just to go, because in a couple of weeks you know you will be cursing the traffic and the poor driving decisions that some of our summer folk make.

If they arrive, Carolyn Feltz will begin selling Philbin Beach stickers next week during the mornings at Town Hall. If you want to get your new resident parking pass before the end of June you must bring her your old one.

Joan LeLacheur will hold an open studio featuring her wampum jewelry on Saturday, June 7, from 10 am to 5 pm. If you cannot make those hours you can always call to schedule an appointment. Joanie says come and get “mementos for your graduates that reflect the beauty of our ocean.” Her address is 42 Old South Rd. You can reach Joanie at 508-645-9954 or

There are many fun things coming up at the library and next time you are there be sure to check out their container pizza garden that has herbs, tomatoes and pick-and-eat cherry tomatoes. The containers are re-purposed scallop boxes and Barbara created a water drip system out of recycled water bottles. Can I just say that Barbara is really cool? The pizza party where everyone gets to eat what has grown in the containers all summer will be on August 30.

Story time for the younger set is still happening on Thursdays, but now it is at 3 pm, and on Saturday there will be a kid’s craft from 12 noon to 3 pm. Next Saturday, June 14, for Father’s Day there will be “Dogs for Dads,” free hotdogs for dads and their friends from 12 noon to 2 pm. Summer reading will be starting soon! On Saturday, June 21, sign-up will begin. There will be an Island-wide summer reading kickoff at the Ag Hall on Saturday, July 5, starting at 10 am with face painting and entertainment.

The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee is looking for summer “merchandise and sales” interns for the summer. Interns would work at the lighthouse six to twelve hours a week. The shifts would be from 10 am to 4 pm; sales experience is helpful but not required. If you are interested, please contact Tiffany Smalley at or 508-627-0243.

Walter Delaney, longtime resident of Aquinnah, left his home here to go to an assisted living facility in Arlington on Tuesday. Walter and his wife Nancy first came to Aquinnah in 1950. Walter of course did much service in the town over the years and he and Nancy have a long history here. Walter retired from public service a couple of years ago and now that he is on his own it makes sense for him to move to a place where he is only 15 minutes from his daughter, Gayle.

Happy Birthday to George Baird who celebrates today and also to Sarah Saltonstall who celebrates on Sunday.

Here’s an interesting sounding film playing this Sunday at the Hebrew Center, “You May Call Her Madam Secretary,” a one-hour documentary film by Marjory and Robert Potts about Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet. Frances Perkins was the Labor Secretary under FDR. The film screens at 7:30 pm, followed by a talk with the filmmakers. Local musicians created the score and some of the reenactments were filmed at the Lambert’s Cove Inn.