Aquinnah: Mother's Day happenings


It better not rain on Sunday, because the town of Aquinnah will open the Gay Head Light FREE on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, from 5:30 to 7 pm. All mothers, and everyone who has or had a mother, are invited to honor Mom, and enjoy the stunning view from the Island’s most iconic structure. It will be closed if it is raining. If you can’t make it up to the Lighthouse, there are many other wonderful ways to celebrate your mother (at the very least, you should give her a call or pay her a visit). Many restaurants on Island have Mother’s Day specials, and there are always Chilmark Chocolates.

Joan LeLacheur will host an open studio in honor of Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 13, from 11 am to 5 pm at 42 Old South Road in Aquinnah. You can choose from Joanie’s designs or design something yourself with her wampum charms. Call 508-645-9954 for more information.

At the library this week, Story Time is on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. This Saturday, May 13, the Kid’s Craft is from 11 am to 3 pm. Also this Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, the Mini Maker Faire will be held at the Ag Hall. The Aquinnah Public Library will have a table at the faire making prints using Styrofoam. The Afterschool Club is held on Tuesday at 4 pm.

The Chilmark Store will be opening on Wednesday, May 17. Jen LoRusso and Joel Glickman, the owners, will have their hands full this summer as they just welcomed a new baby girl into the fold. Congratulations to the whole family, and I’m sure she’ll be stocking shelves in no time. The Chilmark Tavern opens on May 18, and the Outermost Inn opens on May 19.

The Island Wide Youth Collaborative, in collaboration with the Island Counseling Center, is hosting a Transgender Support Group that starts on Tuesday, May 16, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. The group is for adults and youth of all ages who are in any stage of the process of transitioning from their assigned gender to their affirmed gender. The aim of the group is to provide a safe space where members can discuss their experiences and concerns in a confidential setting while developing a support system. Anyone who is interested in joining the support group should meet with the group coordinator, Christine, prior to attending their first group. For questions and to schedule an initial meeting, please call Christine Isherwood at 508-693-7900, ext. 205.

On Memorial Day weekend, the Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club will host its annual plant sale at the Old Mill, across from Mill Pond at 690 Edgartown–West Tisbury Road in West Tisbury. The plant selection is wide and interesting, including flowers, herbs, and vegetables. It is recommended that gardeners should come early. The general public is invited to the sale on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, from 9 am to 2 pm.

Happy birthday to Aquinnah Witham, who celebrates on May 17. Congratulations to Ella Mahoney, who graduated from the School of Visual Arts this past Tuesday. It seems hard to believe that she is graduating. It seems like she was just in high school a minute ago. Her artwork has really grown during her time at school, and I look forward to seeing her new work. Ella’s brother, Emerson, has just finished his first year at Dartmouth.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, stepmoms, and grandmas of Aquinnah. You’re doing a great job; don’t let anyone tell you different.

Theresa M., Alex, June, Jeanie, Noli, Amera, Ona, Adrianna, Berta, Carla, Joanie, Roxanne, Anne, Noni, Nonie, Juli, Faith, Tiffany, Emily, Jamie, Nancy B., Nancy L., Robin, Heidi, Naushon, Mallory, Jeffie, Mimi, Elissa, Anja, Lane, Jo-Ann, Wendy, Kathy N., Eva, Sarah, Irina, Diotima, Betty, Jessie, Teresa F., Christy, Belinda, Barbie, Virginia, Kate, Aretha, Jean, Carolyn, Missy, Natalie, Penny W., Carol, Megan, Meg, Susie, Tanisha, Kelly, Isolette, Heather, Audrey, Nefititi, Melissa, Nerissa, Rachel, Melanie, Kathleen, Grace, Sabel, Lisa S., and in loving memory of Amanda, Penny, and Jean. My apologies to anyone I’ve overlooked. Let me know and I’ll make sure to give you a shout-out next week.