Aquinnah: Philbin Beach and the library

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I know it’s cold and rainy (or at least it is while I write this), but Philbin Beach is opening Friday, June 16. From that day forward, you will need a permit to park in the lot. Philbin Beach and resident parking permits are available now at Town Hall. The hours are Monday through Friday from 11 am to 2 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to noon. Once Philbin opens, the schedule will change. If you would like a new Resident Parking Permit before June 30, please bring your 2016 permit to exchange. If you have questions, call Carolyn Feltz at 508-645-2304. To me this information means that regardless of what is happening now, there will be hot and sunny days in our future. Right? Summer weather is coming.

Starting this Saturday, the Aquinnah Local Drop-Off (affectionately known as “the dump”) will be open on Saturdays through Oct. 14 from 9 am to 1 pm.

At the Aquinnah library this week: Story Time is on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. Also on Saturday, from 11 am to 3 pm is the Kids’ Craft time; this week kids can make Craft Stick Monsters. The Afterschool Club is on Tuesday at 4 pm. On Thursday, June 29, at 5:30 pm, Nancy Aronie will be speaking at the library as part of the “Islanders Read the Classics” series. Nancy will present the book “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass. This is going to be a great talk, Nancy is such an engaging and funny speaker.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center will open on Saturday, June 17, at 1 pm. The ACC is located at the Vanderhoop Homestead up at the Cliffs. They will have two exhibits up and running at first, “The Maine Ingredient” with native art from Maine, and “Wampanoag Whaling,” which has some new artifacts for the ACC. Save the date: The ACC “Traditional Feast and Fundraiser” will be on August 12 at 5 pm.

Congratulations to Susan and Doug Kline, who welcomed their first grandchild on May 21. Charlotte Elizabeth Kline was born in Boston to Dylan and Beth Kline. She weighed in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 19.7 inches in length. Parents and baby are doing well, and the grandparents are, of course, over the moon. Everyone is looking forward to July, when Charlotte and her parents will visit Martha’s Vineyard.

Paul Manning’s daughter, Theresa Manning’s stepdaughter, and June Manning’s granddaughter, Kayla Manning, married Dana Darcy on May 21 at Owen Park with John Alley presiding. It was a beautiful and happy day for all. Kayla and Dana spent their wedding night at the Winnetu. Judging from the wedding photos, everyone in the family is delighted by this union, and it is wonderful to see Kayla so happy. I wish them all the best in the coming years.

Happy birthday to Sarah Saltonstall, who celebrates today. Congratulations to Skyler Ignacio-Cameron, who will graduate from high school this Sunday. He and his family will celebrate with a big family dinner. Oh my, they just keep growing, don’t they? I saw Paula and David Eisenberg the other night; they had just arrived on the Vineyard, a little later than usual because they could not tear themselves away from their grandson, Louis Eisenberg. Louis and his parents are moving to Boise, Idaho, soon, but everyone is keeping their fingers crossed for a Vineyard visit before too long.