Authors Posts by Molly Purves

Molly Purves

Molly Purves

I swear I felt the Island get a little lighter on Tuesday. All of the summer people have now really and truly left; of course there are those who come back for Thanksgiving or New Year’s but the jig really is up. It’s over, folks. The Outermost Inn, Chilmark Tavern, The Home Port and Chilmark Store all had their last days on Sunday. The Galley closed on Monday and the Aquinnah Shop and Dreamcatcher have been closed for a while now. On the bright side, the shops at the Cliffs remain open, weather permitting, on weekends through Thanksgiving (and there are some good deals to be had).

I saw many Aquinnah folks coming in for dinner at the Chilmark Tavern in the final days, including Adrianna Ignacio and her sisters, Berta and Carla; Mitzi Pratt and Flip Scipio and Jimmy Sanfillipo joined them for dinner. Adrianna’s daughter Ona came in a few days later and said that she was taking her eldest son, Skyler, to get his permit on Tuesday! I hope that went well and keep your eyes peeled for Skyler driving around town (of course always with an adult). Paula and David Eisenberg came into the Tavern on Sunday and left for Colorado on Tuesday. Hanging on the beaches of Martha’s Vineyard all summer and then skiing the mountains of Colorado all winter does not seem like a bad life. Jay and Francoise Thiese came in on Saturday and Jay told me of a 100-mile bike ride that he did recently, riding from Springfield to Boston in one day. At the end of it he said that he felt every one of his 69 years. I’m not so sure I believe him — I always see Jay riding his bike around the Island or sailing his boat on the pond. The Columbus Day weekend felt very festive and it was lovely to see so many people, many of whom I know I won’t see again until next year.

Remember that the library is closed all week so the floors can be refinished. It will reopen next Tuesday with bright and shiny floors.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center is also closed, but you can get tours by appointment through the month of October by calling 508-645-7900.

Although all of our up-Island eateries have closed, do not fear. This week, October 16–19, the MV Food and Wine Festival (including up-Island chefs Jenna Sprafkin, Jan Buhrman, and Dan Sauer) is in Edgartown. The full schedule is listed at The Morning Glory Farm Pumpkin Festival is this Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm.

Since we now have more time on our hands right now is a great time to clean out your office, basement, home etc., and take those old electronics to the Electronics Disposal Day at Community Services on Saturday October 25, 9 am – 1 pm.

Also next Saturday, October 25, is the MVRHS Minnesingers Silent and Live Auction Benefit from 6 to 9 pm at Dreamland in Oak Bluffs. Tickets are $25, which includes hors d’oeuvres, chowder bar, and desserts. There will be a cash bar. Tickets are available from any MVRHS Minnesinger or at the door or by calling 508-939-4053. The proceeds go towards the Minnesingers Scholarship Fund to help offset their travel expenses.

Welcome to all the soldiers participating in the American Heroes Saltwater Challenge, who arrived here on Sunday and will be here until the Derby’s conclusion this Saturday.

There have been many anniversaries lately and I wanted to give a shout-out to some great couples: Nonie Madison and Dan Sauer celebrated 10 years on the 25th of September, Paul and Theresa Manning celebrated nine years on October 8, and Alex Taylor and Shawn MacPhail celebrate 10 years today. Last Friday my husband, Curtis Langer, and I celebrated ten years. Here’s to many more years together and happy memories for everyone.

Clyde Smith and his tie-dye cupcake at the library this weekend. —Photo by Molly Purves

This past Saturday Barbara created another successful — and delicious — craft for everyone at the library: tie dye cupcakes. I’m not sure where she got the idea for this but Barbara put cake batter and food coloring into squeeze bottles so there were four different colors and then everyone could mix the colors in their cupcake paper and when they were baked they looked tie-dyed. It was a lot of messy fun.

While I was at the library I saw June Manning and Angie Waldron who were going to attend their 50th high school reunion at Farm Neck that evening, when I asked them to send me some highlights of the evening, Angie replied, “What happens at Farm Neck stays at Farm Neck.”

Wampum artist and jeweler Joan LeLacheur is holding an open studio and sale this Saturday, October 11, from 10 am to 5 pm at 42 Old South Rd., here in Aquinnah. There will be a lot of wampum jewelry with embellishments of abalone and moon snail for men, women, and children.  For more information, contact Joanie at or 508-645-9954.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center at the Edwin Devries Vanderhoop Homestead, near the Gay Head cliffs, is open for one more week with regular hours and then by appointment through October. Hours this week are Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm. This is the last chance to tour this 19th century farmstead and learn about Wampanoag whaling in the18th and 19th centuries. To schedule a special tour or program after October 11, or for general information please call the ACC at 508-645-7900 or email

Sassafras is excited to start another season of programming, Squirrels & Coyotes will be held on Saturdays (starting this Saturday) from 11 am to 4 pm. Call Saskia Vanderhoop at 508-645-2008 or check out the website at

The Aquinnah Public Library will be closed Tuesday, October 14, Thursday, October 16 and Saturday October 18 while the floors get refinished. The plan is to reopen on Tuesday, October 21.

Chilmark Chocolates is closed until October 30 but don’t worry: Featherstone Center for the Arts and The Art of Chocolate founders Jeanne and Malcolm Campbell are hosting the 11th Annual Art of Chocolate Preview Party on Friday evening, October 10, 6–8 pm. The party will be at Featherstone and is $50 per person for endless chocolate treats (a bargain if you ask me). Please RSVP by calling 508-693-1850. If you can’t make the reception on Friday you can stop by Saturday and Sunday, from 12 noon to 4 pm to taste chocolate concoctions made by Island bakers, artists and chocolate lovers at the annual festival at Featherstone Center for the Arts.

This is the last weekend to enjoy dinner at the Outermost Inn, Chilmark Tavern, and the Home Port. If you can’t make it in you’ll just have to wait until next year.

The Gay Head 10K was this past Sunday and it was a glorious day for a race. Many people came out to cheer the runners on, including Flip Scipio who serenaded runners with tunes on his ukulele along Moshup Trail. Brother and sister, Isaac and Alex Taylor ran together. There were many people from Aquinnah who ran for our lighthouse including Berta Welch, Spencer Booker, Belinda Booker, Michael Sellitti, Walter Ricciardi, Nancy Leport, Sophia Welch, Paul Cotton, and Susan Poduska. Thank you and congratulations to all the runners and a big thank you to the volunteers and the organizers of the race.

While I was watching the runners come in at the race I got to visit with Adrianna Ignacio who is home and healing. She held court in her wheelchair while many people came by to wish her well. Buddy and Lisa Vanderhoop (who recently celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary) enjoyed a visit from Buddy’s two eldest daughters Amy and Nicole last week. They went out to dinner, saw Gone Girl, had a family fishing trip and soaked up the lovely weekend weather.

The weather may still have summer flavor, but the stores and restaurants up-Island are starting to shutter for the season. The Aquinnah Shop is already closed. The Outermost Inn, Chilmark Tavern, and Home Port will all close Columbus Day weekend, as will the Chilmark General Store. You know what that means: a 20-minute drive to the closest grocery store (if you count Alley’s as a grocery store; if not, 30 minutes to Cronig’s). This time of year is so bittersweet — I love the weather, the quieting down and the opportunity to connect with friends, but I find the mass exodus of our up-Island economy hard to take. Couldn’t everyone just stay open through the holidays? Think of how lovely that would be to be able to go out to dinner up-Island in November?! I know it’s a pipe dream, but it’s a good one.

The Living Local Harvest Festival is this Saturday at the Ag Hall. Sassafras, the Aquinnah camp run by David and Saskia Vanderhoop, will hold an open house there from 10 am to 3 pm. There are other events throughout the day, culminating in a community-supper pig roast from 5 pm to 7:30pm. You are encouraged to bring a dish to share made from at least one local ingredient, and please bring your own dishes and silverware, as this is a zero-waste event.

The Gay Head 10K is this Sunday at 10 am; you can still register online at If you have already registered, you can pick up your packet on Saturday from 3 pm to 6 pm at Town Hall or Sunday from 8 am to 9:30am at the Gay Head Cliffs. Cycle Martha’s Vineyard is hosting two rides on Saturday, a 50K and a 100K; you can register for either of those rides at, and the proceeds will benefit the M.V. Rotary Club and the Gay Head Light. Of course if you are like me, and are not going to run or ride either, you are encouraged to show your Lighthouse spirit and cheer people on at both events.

After you’ve run the race or taken in all the excitement, you may be in the mood to celebrate or just to spend some money; On the Cliffs, Adrianna’s store on the Gay Head cliffs, will be having their annual 50-percent-off sale from 3:30 pm to 5:30pm this Sunday. She has excellent taste, and there are always wonderful things to buy. Pandora’s Box 50-percent-off sale will be next Wednesday starting at 5pm.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center is open for another couple of weeks; stop in now if you haven’t been able to see their exhibits on Wampanoag life back in the day. Their hours are Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 11am to 4pm.

ACE MV fall classes start the week of Oct. 6; you can register now online at There is a late fee for registering on the first day of class.

The Aquinnah Public Library will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 14, Thursday, Oct. 16, and Saturday Oct. 18, so that the floors can be refinished. They expect to reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

One of Aquinnah’s own, Aquinnah Witham, is among the artists whose wares will be offered for sale at a beautiful home and gallery sale next weekend in West Tisbury. The event is called “Shine,” and many artists from all over the Island will be represented there. A portion of all the proceeds will go toward finishing Len and Georgia Morris’ new documentary, “the sameheart.” The film offers some solutions to ending child poverty. You can get more information about the film and the sale at It will be held Oct. 12, 13, and 14 from 10 am to 8 pm at 129 Indian Hill Rd.

Back by popular demand, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is once again celebrating the faces of Martha’s Vineyard with a second “Island Faces” portrait competition in collaboration with Featherstone Center for the Arts.  Beginning Oct. 1, the museum will begin accepting entries for the contest. You can get all the information from or

At the Aquinnah Library on Saturday, Barbara Lampson will host a make and bake tie-dye cupcakes. It begins at 1pm sharp and I know they’ll be delicious.

This past Saturday, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival hosted a free surf film festival at the Chilmark Community Center. The all-day affair included surf lessons at Squibnocket Beach. There were volunteer instructors (including Spa Thorpe) and many eager supporters on the beach who would clap and cheer at the smallest sign of a student’s progress.

Having never surfed before, I decided to try it. I did not get very far in that I never managed to stand on the board. I did manage to get partially upright on it at one point, but mostly I just got bombarded with water and lots of it. My question to all of you avid surfers out there is: At what point does this activity become fun and not just endless pounding by the ocean?

The one serious benefit of the lesson was that for the time that I was attempting to surf there was so many things to think about and so many new sensations that I completely forgot about my fear of sharks, which is always in the back of mind whenever I’m in the water. Which is odd, because I was wearing a wetsuit, which is basically like a Halloween costume of sharks’ favorite food: seals. I can’t say that I caught the surf bug, but I would be willing to try it again, which for me is almost saying that I liked it.

This Saturday the Aquinnah Public Library will host “Negotiating and Creating Agreement: A One-Day Workshop”from 10 am to 3 pm. This workshop is led by the wonderful and talented Nancy Caldwell, and it is limited to 12 participants. You can register by calling the library at 508-645-2314.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center is still open. You can visit the Edwin Devries Vanderhoop Homestead, a restored 19th century Wampanoag farmhouse near the Gay Head cliffs. Right now exhibits include  Wampanoag whaling in the 18th and 19th centuries and a new oral-history video program, “Land and Life in Old Gay Head.” The center is open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. Call 508-645-7900 or email them at for more information.

Chilmark resident Beatrice (“Beach”) Phillips Bennett, beloved wife of Bill Bennett and unstoppably great mother of Bella Bennett, passed away peacefully on Sept. 17. A celebration of her life will be held this Sunday, Sept. 28 at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury from 2 pm to 5 pm. You are welcome to bring a dessert to share for after the service. I knew Beach a little bit, and she was a lovely woman, and it seems very unfair that she is no longer with us. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

Under the “the off-season is a great time to learn/try something new” heading, there will be an ACE MV Course Sampling Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at MVRHS from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. You can come meet the teachers, register for classes (36 different classes are being offered), and sample refreshments made by some of the cooking instructors. There is a $10 late fee if you sign up on the day of the course, so it behooves you to register now. For more information, call Diane Abbot at 508-693-9222.

A select group of Martha’s Vineyard inns and hotels are offering packages to runners participating in the upcoming Gay Head 10K, “A Race against Time.” The race is being held on Sunday, Oct. 5, starting at 10 am. The following innkeepers are offering discounts:

The Doctors House B&B, Vineyard Haven, 508-696-0859

Hob Knob Inn, Edgartown, 508-627-9510, ext. 39

Totem Pole Inn, Aquinnah, 508-645-2815

Vineyard Harbor Motel, Vineyard Haven, 508-693-3334

In addition to the race, local and visiting cycling enthusiasts will have an opportunity to participate in an organized recreational ride on the Island on Saturday, Oct. 4. Two rides, a 50K and a 100K, are offered. The 50K ride features spectacular views of Vineyard Sound, Nantucket Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean. Riders in the 100K will visit the entire Island, including the Gay Head Cliffs in Aquinnah. There will be organized rest stops along the route, as well as road support. A post-ride pig roast with live music is also scheduled. Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Rotary Club of Martha’s Vineyard and the Gay Head Lighthouse.  Register at

For more information and to register for the race, visit There is an entry fee of $30, and the field will be limited to 500 runners.  The committee is also welcoming donors to become involved immediately, through various levels of sponsorship. For more information on sponsorships, please contact Beverly Wright, chairman of the Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee, at

The National Park Service has named the town of Aquinnah as the recipient of the Gay Head Light Station. The town is now the official steward of the Gay Head Light. This is an important step forward in the race to preserve the Lighthouse. Thank you to everyone working so hard to preserve this historic landmark.

Happy Birthday to Spa, a man whom I could not imagine Aquinnah without; he celebrates on Friday. Wish him a happy birthday if you see him.

The glory of September continued to unfold this week with exquisite weather and fewer crowds. I went to Philbin on Sunday and it was wonderful. I even went into the water. There are still good beach days to be had and kayaks and paddleboards to take. Plus this year the beach plums are growing like mad — people are saying this is the best batch they’ve seen in years. Time to make jam or just take a walk and pick a couple and eat them on your way.

Goodbye Giulia, we will miss seeing you every week at the library. This past Saturday was Giulia’s last day at the Aquinnah Library, and there was a very sweet sendoff with lots of treats. Giulia will continue working at Community Services, and she has also started a new job at the Hebrew Center. I know she will do well at both.

This Saturday at the library you can make a tie-dye shirt, tablecloth, pillowcase, or whatever you would like; you just need to bring the item in and the dye and the instructions will be there. Dyeing starts at noon. Next Saturday Nancy Caldwell will hold a one-day workshop at the library titled Negotiating and Creating Agreement. The workshop will be based on role-play and case studies, enabling participants to establish their own style of negotiating. The workshop is free but limited to 12 people, and sign-up at the library is required. Call the library at 508-645-2314, or just stop in.

Joan LeLacheur is having an Open Studio at 42 Old South Rd. in Aquinnah this Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. There will be more new and traditional jewelry designs of wampum beads and moon snail and conch shell.  For more information you can contact Joanie at or 508-645-9954.

Phil Weinstein is teaching a class on Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace at the Katherine Cornell Theatre in conjunction with the Vineyard Haven library throughout the fall. It is at 7 pm over six Wednesdays. The first was this past Wednesday, but not to worry, there are five more, the next one being Oct. 1, then Oct. 15 and 29, Nov. 12 and Dec. 3. Reading War and Peace is a great fall project; even if you’ve already read it, it’s worth rereading. I know it’s long, but I can tell you from experience that it’s a great read — very engaging, funny, and wise. It is not a difficult read; it takes stamina as it’s long, but it is worth the time. Phil is such a great teacher I’m sure he will have some wonderful insights into the novel.

Happy birthday to Jeffrey Madison, who celebrates on Wednesday Sept. 24. Welcome home to Adrianna Ignacio, who came back last Thursday. She has a long way to go in her recovery, but I saw the pictures of her on Facebook and I have to say I’m not sure how she did this, but she did manage to look glamorous in a halo cast.

I had the pleasure of attending Ruby Iantosca’s birthday party this past Saturday, and the highlight of the party, aside from seeing Ruby look so happy, was Arlen and Lexie Roth performing together. Arlen is such an amazing guitarist and he and his band are so tight, they play together and off one another so well. Were I a singer I would want to sound like Lexie Roth, soulful and bright with such a love for music and a great sense of the story of the song. She is confident but not showy. How lucky are we to have such talent in our town?

Summer resident Eve Lake, daughter of Morgan Hodson and Bill Lake, was married at the Allen Farm this past Saturday. She and her groom, Curtis, have known each other for 11 years and have followed each other around the globe to Africa, and various schools — Emory (her), Yale (him), and the place of their meeting, Bowdoin. He is a lawyer and she is a doctor of internal medicine in residency. They reside in Seattle. The wedding was quite lovely and the rain held off until everyone was safe inside the tent.

Oh, how I love September in Aquinnah. The weather has been superb and the water is still warm. Over the weekend I kayaked over to Picnic Point on the pond with my husband and a friend and it was so heavenly. It felt like the Caribbean. Or what I imagine the Caribbean would be like since I’ve never actually been. You get the picture — it was lovely and I felt like I was “away” and not at home and that was even lovelier, a little two-hour vacation in our backyard.

This Saturday, Sept. 13, will be Giulia’s last day on staff at the library. There will be an informal, festive celebration throughout the day to send her off. There will be refreshments served, and if you are inclined to bake or cook something to contribute to the party, please do. I know I will miss Giulia’s sweet way with all the town kids and her kindness. I wish her the best of luck in all her endeavors.

I know it’s only September, but this is the first of two times that I will mention the winter holidays in this column. The Chilmark Preschool’s fall fundraiser is portrait sessions with Island photographer (and former longtime Aquinnah resident) Albert O. Fischer. This is the third year that the portrait sessions have been held, and the photos make great holiday cards. The sessions are held at either the Grey Barn & Farm or Menemsha Beach. The dates of the sessions are: Menemsha Beach, Sept. 20 and Oct. 4; Grey Barn & Farm, Sept. 28 and Oct. 18. Contact Sarah Waldman at 781-799-9941 or to reserve your session. Sessions are $75. The profits go to Chilmark Preschool’s enrichment programs.

There is a collection of poems available by Island and off-Island writers about the Gay Head Lighthouse. It is called “Legacy of Light: Poems for the Gay Head Lighthouse,” and Aquinnah resident and talented artist Mitzi Pratt has hand-bound 50 copies. The limited editions are $175. They can be ordered by emailing Mitzi at; there is a softcover version for $20 available as well, but the limited edition would make a lovely Christmas or Hanukkah present. Proceeds from the sale go to the Save the Gay Head Light fund.

Adrianna Ignacio is coming home! She should be released from Spaulding Rehab and home by this weekend. Her recovery will continue for a long time, but at least she will be here with her friends and family and not alone in a hospital. Welcome home Adrianna, we are so glad to have you back.

If you noticed speeding ambulances headed up to Aquinnah a couple of weeks ago, they were for Anne Vanderhoop, who broke her other hip (not the one that broke on Halloween). She is recovering at Spaulding Rehab on the Cape until Sept. 16, and would love to hear from people; please drop her a line:

Anne Vanderhoop

Spaulding Rehabilitation

311 Service Road

East Sandwich, MA 02537

Walter Delaney died on Tuesday, Aug. 26. He moved off the Island in June to be closer to his daughter and her family. Walter was town meeting moderator for 36 years and fire chief for 17 years. He served on many committees and did much service for the town of Aquinnah. His wake was held last Thursday and his memorial service was private. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Nancy, who died last summer. Our hearts go out to his daughter, Gayle M. Delaney, and her husband Andrew Dineen and their son Raymond. Remembrances may be made in Walter’s memory to the Aquinnah Fire Department, 63 State Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535.

Happy birthday to Paul Manning, who celebrated on Sunday, and happy birthday to Anja May, whose birthday is Saturday. Ona Ignacio will be celebrating in style on Tuesday, and Eliska, one of the bartenders at Chilmark Tavern, will be celebrating on Wednesday. Congratulations to Emmett Taylor, who started kindergarten at the Chilmark School last week. Good luck to Nanauwe Vanderhoop, who started at the Walnut Hill School last week. I have a feeling that Nanauwe will do great; it’s her parents that I’m a little worried about, as Nanauwe is boarding at the school and so David and Saskia have an empty nest right now. I know that although they miss her they are awfully proud of her.

Molly PurvesHappy First Day of school everyone! And happy reopening of Chilmark Chocolates as well. Good luck to all the kids of Aquinnah returning to and starting school including:

Noah Manning (third grade), Olive and Violet MacPhail (third grade), Fyn Monahan (sixth grade at a new school), Yossi Monahan (third grade), Rodeo T. Purves-Langer (second grade), Laina Benoit (third grade), Clyde Smith (fourth grade), Claus Smith (first grade), Menasha Laport (sixth grade at a new school), Coltrane Laport (high school!), Pearl Verachrusye (high school), Ben Booker (high school), Riley and Skyler Cameron. I know there are others I missed and I’m sorry, but I hope all kids have a productive and happy return to school and all parents can get to work without scrambling for daycare.

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Pow Wow is this weekend. It will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Cliffs. The grand entry parade is Saturday at noon. There will be lots of great food provided by Sly Fox. Most of the Aquinnah Tribal members will be dressed up in traditional regalia and there will be much singing and dancing. This is always a great event to end the summer with, and I look forward to it all season.

Roberta Gross’s artwork is part of an exhibit at the Louisa Gould Gallery, at 54 Main Street in Vineyard Haven. It is the 7th Annual Abstract Art Exhibit titled Abstract Vision: The colors and forms behind the everyday.  The show contains the work of nine artists, and Roberta curated the exhibit. On Friday, September 5, at 5pm, Roberta will give a curator’s talk at the gallery. The talk is free and refreshments will be served.

Registration is now open for the Gay Head 10K on Sunday, October 5, at 10 am; you can register at All the money raised will go toward the moving and restoration of our beloved lighthouse. A total of $3,000,000 is needed and a little over half of that has been raised already. Let’s bring this on home, people, and raise the other half.

The same weekend of the 10K, the Living Local Harvest Fest will be held on October 4. Lots of good food and demonstrations from local organizations.

The Menemsha Bike Ferry has been running all summer, and while I would love to have a bike path up Island the Bike Ferry does so much to make biking safer up-Island along with giving people a way to avoid all the crazy hills of Chilmark. Thank you, Huey Taylor, for creating it and Buck Reidy for manning it on weekends and all the other guys that have been making runs back and forth all summer.

With school starting we of course say goodbye to some of our summer friends. The Berkes returned to Toronto on Tuesday, Megan and Seth Woods returned to their home in Boston with their children, as did Cam and Paulina Neely. The Menemsha Market has closed its doors for the season. See you next year everyone.

Molly-PurvesBack to school in seven days, Chilmark Chocolates reopens in seven days as well, and Labor Day is of course this Monday. I think I heard the entire Island take a collective breath when the Fair ended. It’s all downhill from here. The summer went fast, kind of; the work felt endless and the play time felt too quick. If you have not been to the Aquinnah Shop for dinner yet this summer, you should go this weekend. After Labor Day they will just be open for breakfast and lunch, weather depending. I went for dinner a couple of times this summer and it was delicious. If they have a bluefish special: get it.

There is a Hootenanny/Sing-Along for families, musicians and anyone else who would like a musical night out, tonight at the Chilmark Community Center, 7–10 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door and light refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring an instrument and join in. This is a benefit for the MV Center for Living.

Tonight marks the last of the Aquinnah Public Library’s wildly popular speaker series. At 5 pm Hermine Hull and Brooks Robards will speak about their new book On Island, which features the poems of Ms. Robards and the paintings of Ms. Hull. The talk will be at the Old Town Hall and refreshments will be served. Come to the Library on Saturday at 12 pm for the Summer Readers Pizza Party. The pizzas will be made from the veggies that have been growing at the library all summer. This is a lovely way to wrap up the season and to say goodbye to summer friends who will be leaving to go back to school.

Joan LeLacheur is having an Open Studio and sale this Saturday, August 30, from 10 am to 5 pm at 42 Old South Rd. For details email Joanie at or call 508-645-9954. There will be many wampum bead keepsakes and treasures to wear as earrings, necklaces, bracelets and also tiles.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center will be open this week Friday, Saturday and Wednesday from 11 am to 4 pm. You can stop by and see exhibits about Wampanoag whaling in the 18th and 19th centuries, a beginning exhibit on the Lighthouse and the Wampanoag people who kept it and a new video program  called Land and Life in Old Gay Head. For more information, please call 508-645-7900 or email

I was very sad to learn of the passing of Dr. Laura Reid on August 18. She was one of the first people I met when I started coming to the Vineyard 14 years ago and she was always very kind to me. There will be a remembrance and celebration of her life this Saturday from 1 to 3 pm at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury.

Molly PurvesThe Fair starts Thursday! Not like you didn’t know that, but I just thought I’d mention it. This week is considered the height of the summer by many, with Illumination Night, the Fair, and the Oak Bluffs fireworks. This is the week when all Island kids melt down due to a summer’s worth of overstimulation and lax bedtimes and all Island parents start counting down the days to the start of school (14). It is also the week we say goodbye to kids going to college for the first time like Chantal Booker (UNH) or returning to college like Ella Mahoney (SVA). And many of our summer friends will be leaving us shortly as well. The Fair always reminds me how short summer is and how precious the last days are.

There are only a couple weeks left of summer programming at the library. Today at 5 pm, at the Old Town Hall, Arnold Zack, noted labor dispute arbitrator and mediator, will speak on the topic: “Will fleeing jobs come home to America?” U.S. factories close, migrant workers join the economy, but world trade ultimately determines where jobs will be. This promises to be a very interesting discussion. This Saturday at 1 pm Barbara Lampson will be building a Potato Launcher. I’m not sure about the logistics of this, but I think anything involving hurling objects through space will delight kids. Next Thursday, West Tisbury columnist Hermine Hull and reporter Brooks Robards will speak about their new book “On Island,” which features the poems of Ms. Robards and the paintings of Ms. Hull. And lastly there will be a Summer Readers Pizza Party on Saturday, August 30, at 12 noon where everyone gets to pick veggies and make pizzas from the library’s container garden. This event will close out a very successful season at the library and celebrate all our fabulous summer readers. The speaker series was immensely popular with Duncan Caldwell’s talk last week attracting 80 people! Duncan’s wife, Nancy, who also gave a talk this summer is working on developing a negotiation workshop to be held at the library this fall.

If you stop by the library and you have in an interest in kids’ play spaces in town, fill out the survey about what to do with the playground we currently have. You can also go to the link here and fill it out:

Visit the Edwin Devries Vanderhoop Homestead, the restored 19th-century farmhouse at the cliffs which houses the Aquinnah Cultural Center. It is open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm and you can always get a tour of the homestead when it’s open. There are exhibits up on Wampanoag whaling in the 18th and 19th centuries and a new video program, “Land and Life in Old Gay Head.” For more information, please call 508-645-7900, or email

I know it seems a long way off, but I just received the booklet for ACE-MV’S fall programming and there are lots of great classes including a landscape design class taught by Barbara Lampson. Register online now at, by mail, or in person at the office or at the Course Sampling Fair Wednesday, October 1st at MVRHS from 5 to 6:30 pm, or during the Living Locally Harvest Festival October 4 from 10 am to 3 pm. Check the website for more details.

Adriana Ignacio is at Spaulding Rehabilitation for at least another month and could use some cheering up, please send cards and letters to: Spaulding rehabilitation, Attn.: Adriana Ignacio room 619, 300 1st Ave., Charlestown, MA 02129.

Happy birthday to fellow columnist Linley Dolby who celebrates on Saturday; she shares a birthday with the delightful Noli Taylor and sometime summer resident Trisha Mulligan. Happy Birthday to all.

Molly PurvesWhat an amazing beach weekend it was! Philbin was exquisite, albeit a little seaweed-y. I finally got to take a little time off this weekend and enjoy our glorious beaches — part of why we all live here, right? It was much-needed and I enjoyed every second of it, especially seeing other friends who I know have been working very hard this summer take a little time off as well. I feel almost human again.

Duncan Caldwell will speak tonight at 5 pm the Old Town Hall as part of the Summer Speaker Series. His talk is titled, “Prehistoric Rock Art near Paris: Glories, new discoveries and controversies.” Refreshments will be served.

This Saturday at the Library, the Friends of the Aquinnah Public Library will hold an open house from 12 noon to 2 pm; refreshments will be served. You can stop in and learn what the Friends do for the library and how you can help (hint: you can make a donation).

The ice cream social at the library was a lot of fun this weekend. Kids flocked to the porch to shake up a bag of ice cream with Barbara and her staff of helpers (her nephew and other family). I’m always amazed by how good the ice cream is and how simple it is to make it.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center will be open Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday from 11 am to 4 pm up at the Cliffs. You can come in and get a tour of the homestead and see their exhibits on 17th and 18th Century Wampanoag life.

Joan LeLacheur will hold an open studio showcasing her amazing jewelry from 3 to 7 pm on Saturday, August 16, at her home, 42 Old South Rd. You can call her at 508-645-9954 for more information. She is also part of Gallery in the Gardens at Vineyard Gardens on August 15, 5–8 pm.

Dana Gaines kayaked around the Island to benefit the Gay Head Lighthouse on Saturday, he did it in under 10 hours and raised $12,000 for the cause. Congratulations, Dana, and thank you for your generosity toward our signature landmark.

Adrianna Ignacio is doing much better after her fall at her home last month. She has been moved to Spaulding Rehabilitation where she will be for a while. If you would like to send her a card or a letter, you can send it to: Spaulding Rehabilitation Attn.: Adriana Ignacio room 619

300 1st Ave. Charlestown, MA 02129

Happy Birthday to Laina Benoit who turned eight on August 12. Happy Birthday also to Kate Taylor who celebrates this Friday along with our library director, Lisa Sherman. Barbie Bassett celebrates on August 20.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival wraps up next week. Programming in the last week includes: “The Wizard of Oz” this Friday at Owen Park in Vineyard Haven on Friday at 8 pm, “Freedom Summer” with special guests, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Gwen Ifil at the Tabernacle on Monday and “Art and Craft” at the Chilmark Community Center on Wednesday. You can go to their website for tickets at or call the office at 508-645-9599.

The Island Theater Workshop will present a benefit performance of Peter Pan on Friday, August 15, at 7:30 pm in the Performing Arts Center at MVRHS.  Directed by Kevin Ryan, the performance will benefit The MV Center for Living and help support the following Center for Living programs and services for Island seniors:  The Supportive Day Program (a social daycare program for elders), The Medical Taxi Program, the Emergency Food Program and the Support Group for families coping with Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related dementia issues. The ticket is $25 for adults and $12 for children.  Call 508-939-9440 for tickets and information.