Aquinnah Cultural Center to open this weekend


It is already mid-June. I’m not sure how that happened, except that time just seems to keep on keeping on. People already seem a little harried and have that I-wish-there-were-more-hours-in-the-day look. I find that May and June are actually the most intense months here in terms of to-do lists and workload. I find that by July and definitely by August I’m so deep in some kind of sleep-deprived, used-to-being-upright-for-16-hours-at-a-time groove that they actually seem kind of easy to get through, but the starter months before you’re in that space and when you still have your winter pace on? These months can be brutal.

On Saturday, June 14, the Aquinnah Library will host, “Dogs for Dads” with a hot dog BBQ on the deck from 12 noon to 2 pm.  Hot dogs are free to all who attend (while supplies last). Inside the library there will be a picture frame craft for kids where they can make and decorate a picture frame, and Barbara will take a picture of them and print it out to put in the frame for their dads. On Saturday, June 21, sign-ups for Summer Reading will start at the Library. The Summer Reading theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read!” and in addition to signing kids up for summer reading, the library will offer cookies, lemonade, and a fun science experiment involving bubbles. In relation to the “Fizz, Boom, Read” theme of summer reading the library will host a series of “Fizz, Boom!” crafts on Saturdays. The crafts will be science and/or nature-based and some will contain an experiment.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center is opening for the season this Saturday, June 14, at 1 pm. The ACC operates the Edwin Vanderhoop Homestead, a 19th-century Gay Head farmstead, where you can learn about the history and culture of the Wampanoag people. Stay tuned for their weekly special events, but for now you can always drop by and get a tour of the homestead. Hours are: Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11am to 4 pm. For more information, please call 508-645-7900 or email at

There will be a Summer Solstice celebration at the Gay Head Lighthouse next Friday, June 20. The only information that I have about it right now is that William Waterway will be on hand signing copies of his new book, “Gay Head Lighthouse -– the First Light on Martha’s Vineyard.”

You can pick up your copy then or get one at the M.V. Museum or Bunch of Grapes. William has done a lot of research on the lighthouse and has packed the book with interesting facts such as: drinking water for all the Gay Head Light keepers — from 1799 to 1958 — had to be hauled from Cooke’s Spring a mile away from the lighthouse, and for a good part of its existence the lighthouse was painted with paint made from the red clay of the cliffs.

David and Saskia Vanderhoop will host a Summer Solstice potluck party at their home on June 21, the first official day of summer. The music, fire and fun start at 7 pm. There are still slots available for the first two weeks of Sassafras camp; Week One is June 30–July 4 and the theme is “Scouting,” Week two is July 7–11 and the theme is “Water.” Saskia is also looking for volunteers to help out with the camp. Call 508-645-2008 for any information on Sassafras.

Nicole Corbo is going to be very busy this summer. Starting on Tuesday, June 17, her morning fitness Stand Up Paddle boarding classes will begin. They will be held every Tuesday and Friday at 7 am. Intro to SUP (as the cool kids call it) and tours will be held every day at 8:30 and 10:30am. She will also be hosting a Teen Girls Paddle Camp July 21–25 between the hours of 8 am and 2 pm. It will include SUP, yoga, team building, hiking, and nutrition lessons. Nicole will be running the camp with her sister, Erin. Nicole will also be offering private modified SUP instruction for individuals with autism and other various exceptionalities. Aside from being a certified SUP and yoga instructor Nicole is also a special education teacher. If you would like to sign up for any of the above, call Nicole at 808-640-6935 or email her at

Walter Delaney got a great send-off as he left his home in Aquinnah for the last time last Tuesday. People gathered at the end of his drive to see him off and the Aquinnah Police and Fire Department escorted him to the town line. Good luck in your new home, Walter.

Happy birthday to summer resident Danny Jensen who celebrates on Monday.

Lastly let’s remember to thank all the dads in Aquinnah (and everywhere) this Sunday. Happy Father’s Day to Jed, Curtis, Peter, Jim N., Jim W., Adam,  Mike, Jay B., Jay S., Jimmy S., Jimmy B., Lang, Lee, Jeffery, Jason, Jerry, Spa, Vern, Bruce I., Ben, Todd, Eddie, Phil, Steve, Bruce E., Shawn, Isaac, Hugh, Paul, Derrill, Jim V., Spencer, Darrin, Jay T., Eric, Walter, Nick, Len, Phil, Francis, Woody, Chip, Buddy, David, Cully and in loving memory of Ricky. Apologies to all dads of Aquinnah that I forgot or just plain don’t know.