Aquinnah: Nothing too severe


I hope everyone got through the storm all right. I heard tell of some power outages due to downed trees, but nothing too severe. While the lack of ferry service (and fear of impending doom) disrupted people’s travel plans, there still seemed to be a fair number of people here this weekend. I know there were also many weddings. Brides and grooms received an epic story to tell their friends and families for many years to come as people came together during a tropical storm on Martha’s Vineyard to see them wed. Surely that is worth more than the heartbreak of seeing your expensive decorations turn to mush and having to wear a slicker as a coverup over your wedding dress.

The Chilmark Tavern is officially closed for the season. The Aquinnah Shop will be closing after this weekend. The last day of the Chilmark Store is this Sunday, Oct. 1. The Aquinnah Cultural Center will close on Oct. 7, as will the Outermost Inn.

At the library this week: Story Time is on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 pm and Saturday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 am. The Afterschool Club meets Thursday at 4 pm. Thursday is a busy day at the library, because in addition to its regular programming, there will also be an Acrylic Landscape Painting workshop at 5 pm with the library’s own artist, Jennifer Burkin. Jennifer will lead attendees through a gentle, step-by-step exploration of painting. Participants will learn how to create their own pieces of landscape art. On Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 am to 3 pm, kids can stop in to make foil fish.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center, a museum of Wampanoag history and culture located in the Edwin Devries Vanderhoop Homestead near the Gay Head Cliffs, will be closing on Oct. 7. The house holds great significance for Wampanoag people, as it was built by a Wampanoag man in the late 19th century and lived in by many generations of the family. The ACC will be open Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. On Saturday, there will be a special guest artist and activity: Darius Coombs, Mashpee Wampanoag, will demonstrate traditional wampum-making techniques, using a pump drill with a stone or metal bit. Visitors can also try their hand at making a pendant using either of the old-style bits, or go a bit faster with a modern shell bit. There is a $10 crafting fee. For more information on the ACC’s exhibits, programs, and events, please call 508-645-7900 or email Regular admission for adults is $5, seniors and children 12 and under, $3.

The fifth annual Gay Head 10K is this Sunday! You can sign up here: Everyone is hoping for great weather and a stellar field of runners this year. Runners are hoping for cool breezes (but no headwind), fast feet, and for the last run up and around the Cliffs not to kill them.

There will be a Dance Party at Lola’s with the Boogies (1970s dance music) on Oct. 5 at 7 pm. The party benefits the MVRHS Minnesingers; tickets are $50. There will be fabulous food, silent auction, and a cash bar. You can get tickets at or call 508-821-0266.

There is a cool show at Featherstone right now in its new gallery space: “Eyes of the Island.” The exhibit features Vineyard Gazette photographers including Ray Ewing, Albert O. Fischer, Tim Johnson, Mark Lovewell, Lanny McDowell, Alison Mead, Steve Myrick, Alison Shaw, Jeanna Shepard, Peter Simon, and Maria Thibodeau. The gallery is open every day from 12 to 4 pm, and the show continues until Oct. 22.

Happy birthday to one of the most creative Aquinnah residents, Sandra Melkonian, who celebrates on Oct. 1.