Aquinnah: Opening up-Island

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Thank you to the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) Natural Resources Department, and to all the volunteers, who showed up on a rainy Sunday morning to plant beachgrass. So many people came to help that the job was finished ahead of schedule.

The staff at the Aquinnah Shop is working hard to be open by Mother’s Day weekend. Cliffhangers does not have a set opening day yet, but it will be before Memorial Day. Chilmark Chocolates reopens on May 10, just in time for Mother’s Day (May 13). The Outermost Inn, the Chilmark Store, and Chilmark Tavern are all opening on May 18. I’m so glad that I will not have to drive down-Island for supplies and restaurants for about four months.

A celebration of Chris Abrams, who lost her battle to brain cancer in December, was held at the Ag Hall on Sunday. The place was full, and I heard it was a wonderful service for an amazing woman. I knew Chris from her time at the Chilmark Preschool, and while my son did not attend while she was there, she never failed to ask me about him whenever I saw her. Her face always lit up whenever she talked about children, anyone’s children, and I was always appreciative of the way she remembered my son’s specific traits and personality. Future generations here are really going to miss out now that she is gone.

At the library this week: There will be a sign language class on Thursday, May 3, at 4 pm, taught by Lynn Thorp. Story time will be held on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. Kids’ Craft will be held from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, and the Afterschool Club will meet Tuesday at 4 pm.

This Saturday at 3 pm, there will be a candidate forum at the Old Town Hall to hear statements from and ask questions of the candidates running for town office. The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The town meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 8, at 7 pm, and elections will be the following day, Wednesday, May 9, from noon to 7 pm. Get out and vote, everyone.

If you see Alex Taylor on May 6, wish her a big happy birthday. She’ll probably be on the road, running, but she’ll wave and smile at you if you shout a friendly greeting out your car window at her. She’s good that way.