Aquinnah: Chilmark School happenings


The kids at the Chilmark School have been killing it lately. Two weeks ago, the 4/5 class hosted the annual China Fair. Each child had to pick a subject that related to China, study it, and create a presentation about it. There were presentations about rice farming, tai chi, the Great Wall, Chinese New Year, and many other topics. Some were interactive, where you participated in a quiz or got to make something. Each child obviously took his or her assignment seriously, and made the presentations interesting, beautiful, and interactive.

Then last week the school presented its annual end-of-year musical at the Yard. It was amazing. There are many talented performers at the Chilmark School (Yossi Monahan, Charlotte Scott, and Emmett Taylor to name a few), but what all the kids had was a belief in what they were doing and an enthusiasm for it, which in the long run can be more crucial than raw talent. It was so delightful to watch every child perform together and help each other out if someone got lost. There was no display of nerves or fear, just a joy for putting on a show and the knowledge that after the show, there would be ice cream, courtesy of Frank and Merilee Fenner of the Galley. Thank you to Donna Swift for working so hard with the students in the creation of a wonderful show.

Beach permits are being sold at the Town Hall today from 11 am to 2 pm. Philbin officially opens this Friday, and the times that beach permits are sold will change. Call Carolyn Feltz at 508-645-2304 for the new schedule.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center opens this Saturday at 1 pm. It will have two exhibits up, “The Maine Ingredient,” which features Native art from Maine, and “Wampanoag Whaling.” The 13th annual Native American Artisans’ Festival will be held this year on July 22 from 11 am to 4 pm, so save that date!

At the 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, Kids’ Craft. The craft this week will be painted paper flowers inspired by Eric Carle’s illustrations. The Afterschool Club is on Tuesday at 4 pm. This month’s book group will be held on June 27 at 5:30 pm. The book being discussed is “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave. 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.

If you’re looking for something to do this Father’s Day weekend, on Saturday at 5:30 pm, the First Baptist Church will hold its annual Chicken and Rib Barbeque at the Parish House. First Baptist is the sister church of the Gay Head Baptist Church. Tickets are $15, and you can take your meal to go or eat there. Call 508-693-1539 for reservations and more information.

If you have incriminating documents that you need to get rid of, or just old bank statements, the MV Seacoast Defense Chapter of the DAR will host a document-shredding event this Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm in the MV Regional High School parking lot. It’s $15 (cash only) for every six bags/boxes to shred onsite.

Sassafras will host an Open House and Solstice Celebration this Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm at 5 Church St. in Aquinnah. If you are not familiar with their great programming, this is a good way to get to know them. There will be presentations about Sassafras, and refreshments.

There will be a Solstice Celebration at the Gay Head Lighthouse on Wednesday, June 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The celebration will honor Len Butler for his efforts in saving and restoring the Lighthouse. There will be a small ceremony followed by dessert. Everyone is welcome to come.

There will be a benefit for the MV Community Horse Center on Friday, June 23, from 7 to 9 pm. Its mission is to offer the island a year-round center with affordable programs that build leadership skills, communication skills, self-esteem, and personal awareness through interactions with horses. The staff just completed their first year of programming, and would like to keep it going; this is their first fundraiser. Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish will perform. The benefit will be at the center, 55 Misty Meadows Lane in West Tisbury. Tickets are $50 per person.

Happy birthday to Danny Jensen, who celebrates on June 16, Karina Kaufman, who celebrates on the 17th, and to Faith Smalley, who celebrates on June 20. Karina is displaying her seaweed art in the old Gay Head Inn off Lighthouse Road. She makes prints and cards; stop in and check it out. Congratulations to Skyler Ignacio-Cameron, who graduated from M.V. Regional High School this past weekend. He and his family went to the Chilmark Tavern on Sunday night to celebrate. They were all so happy for him, and perhaps a little stunned that he was old enough to graduate from high school.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads of Aquinnah! I hope you all get some rest time in the hammock today. Happy Father’s Day to Jed, Curtis, Peter, Jim N., Jim W., Adam, Mike, Jay B., Jay S., Jimmy S., Jimmy B., Lang, Leigh, Jeffery, Jason, Jerry, Spa, Vern, Bruce I., Todd, Eddie, Phil, Steve, Bruce E., Shawn, Isaac, Hugh, Paul, Derrill, Jim V., Spencer, Darrin, Jay T., Eric, Nick, Len, Phil, Francis, Elliott, Frank, Patrick, Alan, Tom, Seth, Woody, Chip, Buddy, David, and Cully, and in loving memory of Luther and Ricky. My apologies to all the dads of Aquinnah I forgot.