Aquinnah calls Gay Head light fundraiser a huge success


What does it mean when we are getting hurricanes in July? Is this going to be a regular thing? I have to say that I usually ignore weather people because I feel when they make a big deal out of something it usually ends up not being a big deal and when they say that we “may experience some high gusts of wind” we get slammed with rain and a vicious wind that tears boats off their moorings and roofs off of houses. But this past storm was quite something. The wind was very intense on the pond. Luckily in the end all the boats were okay but it was iffy for a while.

The Aquinnah Public Library Speaker series continues on Thursday at 5 pm with Skip Finley and Kathleen McGhee-Anderson reading excerpts from their brand-spanking new book, “A Martha’s Vineyard Love Story.” They will be reading at the Old Town Hall at 5 pm and refreshments will be served.  A portion of proceeds from book sales that evening will be donated to You’ve Got a Friend for Carl Widdiss. If you don’t know Carl is in Arizona getting treatment to boost his immune system which was wrecked by cancer treatment. There is a “go fund me” page on Facebook where you can donate. If you go to my Facebook page or June Manning’s there is a link to it where you can donate and help Carl recover and come back home.

On Saturday, July 12, at the library the first science-based “Fizz Boom” craft will be at 1 pm where kids can make tree frog houses for our local pinkletinks. There will also be a new post beach drop-in story time on Saturdays, 2–3:30 pm. On Thursday, July 17, Thomas Dresser, Jay Schofield, and Herb Foster will be talking about their new book, “Martha’s Vineyard in World War II” at 5 pm at the Old Town Hall.

The summer reading kick-off at the Ag Hall went great this past weekend. Our own Barbara Lampson was there painting faces and she encourages everyone to stop by the Aquinnah Library to pick some basil and Sungold tomatoes from the container garden (but leave enough for the pizza party at the end of August).

The Aquinnah Cultural Center has an exhibit up about Wampanoag whaling in the 18th and 19th centuries. You can stop by any time they are open to see it and also to get a tour of the Vanderhoop Homestead where the Center is housed. Their hours are 11 am–4 pm, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from. Call 508-645-7900 or email for more information.

If you are looking for something to do with your kids this weekend the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival is hosting Cinema Circus this Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. There will be films for kids, workshops, and of course the circus — and it’s free. There will be food for sale there made by Aquinnah’s own Quitsa Cuisine. So stop by.

The Roseanne Cash benefit for the Lighthouse was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came out and donated. The Save the Gay Head Light organization now has half of the money needed to complete the move. Everyone said the concert was wonderful with a very warm feel. If you were unable to go to the concert but would like to donate, go to

Thank you to the Goldfield/Mannion family and everyone else who helped host the Fourth of July parade on Saturday. All the kids had a great time, especially during the treasure hunt on Philbin. Can someone host a treasure hunt for grownups? Instead of candy we could hunt for Cronig’s gift certificates, or free drinks or pie at the Aquinnah Shop. Can someone get on that, please?