Aquinnah: Life on the Cliffs

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This is probably not news to anyone who lives in Aquinnah, but it bears repeating that we have some very talented people here. I recently saw the film “Chappaquiddick,” and was delighted to see Lexie Roth light up the screen as one of Robert Kennedy’s “Boiler Room Girls.” She does a lot with a small part, which is always the sign of a good actor. Next up, I would like to mention Isaac Taylor and his new album, “Peace in the Valley.” You may have heard some of the songs played on WMVY, but you can order the entire album (which is quite excellent) here: smarturl.it/peaceinthevalley.

There is life up at the Cliffs. The stores On the Cliffs, Hat-Mar-Cha and Stony Creek Gifts are all open, weather permitting. The Aquinnah Shop is aiming to be open the first weekend in May, and will definitely be open by Mother’s Day Weekend.

Pathways Arts will host its last event of the season this Thursday, April 26. “The Grand Finale” will include performances by Roberta Kirn, who will lead people in song as is her wont, singer-songwriter Kat Soni, poets Darcie Lee Hanaway and Bob MacLean, and musicians Mike Parker, John Stanwood, and crew. There will be cake and champagne (as if you needed another reason to go). I suspect there will be some dancing and frivolity as well, with the band Workman Song. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the performances start at 7 pm. Come and say goodbye and thanks (until the fall) to Pathways. The Chilmark Tavern will reopen on Friday, May 18.

At the Aquinnah library this week: Story Time is on Thursday, April 26, at 3:30 pm and Saturday, April 28, at 10:30 am. From 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, you can make a sparkly fish. Tuesday, May 1, at 4 pm is the Afterschool Club. There will be a Sign Language Class with Lynn Thorp on Thursday, May 3, at 4 pm.

The second annual Spectrum (LGBTQ) Film Festival will begin tonight, Thursday, April 26, and conclude on the evening of Sunday, April 29, at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven. There will be special guests, including U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (recorded video message for the youth event), State Senator Julian Cyr, Rabbi Caryn Broitman, Josh Howard, and Ljuba Davis. The opening-night event features the new documentary “The Lavender Scare,” which describes the federal witch-hunt for gays and lesbians within all branches of the U.S. government during the McCarthy era. The festival will conclude on Sunday, April 29, with the full-day event “Angels In America,” the National Theatre’s production of the Pulitzer prizewinning drama in London. Tickets to the festival are available here: mvfilmsociety.com/spectrumfilmfestival.

The Chilmark School is hosting its annual May Day celebration on Tuesday, May 1, at 9 am. The fourth and fifth graders have learned a version of an authentic May Dance with Jesse Keller from the Yard. The celebration will take place in front of the school, and they welcome all family, friends, and community members who would like to join in this special tradition.

The League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard is sponsoring an Aquinnah voter forum prior to the local election. The forum will be held at the Aquinnah Old Town Hall on Saturday, May 5, at 3 pm. Everyone is invited to attend and listen to the candidates as they present their positions; there will be time to ask questions as well. There are contested races for board of selectmen this year, and there should be some lively discussions. The Aquinnah town meeting will be held Tuesday, May 8, at 7 pm; elections will be held the next day, Wednesday, May 9, from noon to 7 pm.

Happy birthday to Ella Mahoney and to Nancy Aronie, who both celebrate on May 1. Happy birthday to Brian Blore and Jim Wallen, who celebrate on May 2. Happy birthday to Clovis Smith, who turned 7 on April 22. I think of Clovis as permanently 5, so this came as a shock to me. Sorry, Clovis, I will try and accept your aging process and recognize that you are not a baby any more.