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Molly Purves

Molly Purves

Molly PurvesWhat does it mean when we are getting hurricanes in July? Is this going to be a regular thing? I have to say that I usually ignore weather people because I feel when they make a big deal out of something it usually ends up not being a big deal and when they say that we “may experience some high gusts of wind” we get slammed with rain and a vicious wind that tears boats off their moorings and roofs off of houses. But this past storm was quite something. The wind was very intense on the pond. Luckily in the end all the boats were okay but it was iffy for a while.

The Aquinnah Public Library Speaker series continues on Thursday at 5 pm with Skip Finley and Kathleen McGhee-Anderson reading excerpts from their brand-spanking new book, “A Martha’s Vineyard Love Story.” They will be reading at the Old Town Hall at 5 pm and refreshments will be served.  A portion of proceeds from book sales that evening will be donated to You’ve Got a Friend for Carl Widdiss. If you don’t know Carl is in Arizona getting treatment to boost his immune system which was wrecked by cancer treatment. There is a “go fund me” page on Facebook where you can donate. If you go to my Facebook page or June Manning’s there is a link to it where you can donate and help Carl recover and come back home.

On Saturday, July 12, at the library the first science-based “Fizz Boom” craft will be at 1 pm where kids can make tree frog houses for our local pinkletinks. There will also be a new post beach drop-in story time on Saturdays, 2–3:30 pm. On Thursday, July 17, Thomas Dresser, Jay Schofield, and Herb Foster will be talking about their new book, “Martha’s Vineyard in World War II” at 5 pm at the Old Town Hall.

The summer reading kick-off at the Ag Hall went great this past weekend. Our own Barbara Lampson was there painting faces and she encourages everyone to stop by the Aquinnah Library to pick some basil and Sungold tomatoes from the container garden (but leave enough for the pizza party at the end of August).

The Aquinnah Cultural Center has an exhibit up about Wampanoag whaling in the 18th and 19th centuries. You can stop by any time they are open to see it and also to get a tour of the Vanderhoop Homestead where the Center is housed. Their hours are 11 am–4 pm, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from. Call 508-645-7900 or email for more information.

If you are looking for something to do with your kids this weekend the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival is hosting Cinema Circus this Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. There will be films for kids, workshops, and of course the circus — and it’s free. There will be food for sale there made by Aquinnah’s own Quitsa Cuisine. So stop by.

The Roseanne Cash benefit for the Lighthouse was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came out and donated. The Save the Gay Head Light organization now has half of the money needed to complete the move. Everyone said the concert was wonderful with a very warm feel. If you were unable to go to the concert but would like to donate, go to

Thank you to the Goldfield/Mannion family and everyone else who helped host the Fourth of July parade on Saturday. All the kids had a great time, especially during the treasure hunt on Philbin. Can someone host a treasure hunt for grownups? Instead of candy we could hunt for Cronig’s gift certificates, or free drinks or pie at the Aquinnah Shop. Can someone get on that, please?

Molly-PurvesSchool is finally out and summer is officially here. The Island feels full already; even up-Island seems crowded. I don’t want to spend the summer complaining about traffic, but I have seen some things lately that have me concerned and drive me to respond with muttered swear words as I drive. Please, drivers: don’t pass bicyclists, runners, walkers, anyone on blind curved. Just don’t. Wait. Wait until you can see what’s coming at you. It’s much safer. And runners, bicyclists etc.: please pay extra attention if you know you are rounding a blind turn and that you can’t be seen. Everyone put down your phones as you drive. Especially up-Island where the roads are so narrow there is very little margin for error. Thank you for letting me get that off my chest. I hope we have a safe summer on our roads.

There is a lot happening at the library this week and every week during the summer. The “Aquinnah Public Library Summer Series” starts today when William Waterway will speak about his new book, “The Gay Head Lighthouse,” at 5 pm at the Old Town Hall. This event will include projected images of rare Gay Head Light photographs. The book itself is illustrated with 32 color images and over 40 black-and-white images.

Every Tuesday at 3 pm you can stop in to play “Mad Libs.” If you don’t know what Mad Libs are, you should go and learn: they are a lot of fun. On Thursdays from 3 to 4 pm there will be stories and crafts for younger kids and a drop-in storytime on Saturdays between 2 and 3:30 pm. On rainy days kids can come in for Legos on the rug.

This Saturday is the Island-wide kickoff for Summer Reading at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury, starting at 10:30 am. Come by for face painting, music and games. Next Saturday at 1 pm the library will host a Fizz Boom Craft! Where kids can make a tree frog house.

The annual Aquinnah Fourth of July parade is Friday. Come to HP Goldfield and Kristin Mannion’s house at 5 Old South Rd. for face painting and tattoos and other decorations and costume add-ons at 10 am. The parade starts at 11 am and ends with a treasure hunt on Philbin Beach. The parade is always wacky and wonderful and a real highlight of the summer. And you don’t have to go down Island!

Joanie LaLecheur will have an open studio of her wampum jewelry this Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm at her studio at 42 Old South Road. If you have never seen Joanie’s work you should stop by.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival started this week and continues next Wednesday with Rory Kennedy’s “Last Days of Vietnam” at the Chilmark Community Center. Ms. Kennedy will be on hand for a Q&A. There will also be dinner served by Marvin Jones and Deon Thomas. Dinner is at 7 pm and the film starts at 8 pm. Tickets available at

Megan Ottens-Sargent kicked off her season at the Gay Head Gallery with an art opening this past Sunday. Right now she has a group show up as well as a special exhibition of silver print photographs selected from Barbara Norfleet’s Portfolio, “The Landscape of the Cold War.” This exhibit of photographs includes beautiful, haunting and sometimes ironic images of government weapons and nuclear research centers in the 1980s.

Amera Ignacio and Todd Vanderhoop’s littlest turned one on Monday. Happy birthday to Lyle who is a big squeezable bunch of love.

Congratulations to all Aquinnah graduates including Menasha and Coltrane LaPort (moving on to sixth and ninth grade respectively), Fyn Monahan who is done with the Chilmark School and moving on to West Tisbury and Dominic Perez who will be starting ninth grade at the high school in mostly all honors classes, and going directly to tenth grade Spanish; his mom, Melanie is very proud. Congratulations on all your hard work and good luck next year. Right now all you have to do is have a great summer.


Molly PurvesMany people this week had ship fever, the ship in question being the Charles W. Morgan, the oldest wooden whaling ship left in the world. For the past week the ship has been docked at the Tisbury Wharf in Vineyard Haven. The Morgan lives in Mystic Seaport and the journey here was her thirty-eighth. Some people went out on their boats as she made her way up the Sound, and they said to see her under sail was a beautiful sight. Many people described their visits to the boat as like “going back in time” or of having a very deep historical and spiritual connection to the Island and its whaling ancestors. As beautiful as the ship is, no one can deny that it must have been a very intimate and at times tedious existence for its crew  — sailing, hunting, killing and processing whales and living side by side for three years at a time. Flip Scipio of Aquinnah summed it up when he told me, “The smell on board must have been awful.”

The Aquinnah Cultural Center is open this upcoming week on Friday, Saturday, and Wednesday from 11 am to 4 pm. You can stop by any time during those hours and see their new exhibits and get a tour of the homestead.

There is still money available to qualified Aquinnah residents for child care subsidies. Applications are available at Town Hall.

While you’re at Town Hall you can pick up your Philbin Beach sticker and your new resident parking pass from Carolyn Feltz, Monday through Saturday mornings until noon.

Joan LeLacheur is having an open studio this Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm at 42 Old South Road. Beautiful reflections of summer in new designs of wampum, in combination with abalone, moonsnail, and pearls. She will have another one on July 5. You can contact Joanie at 508-645-9954 or

Here is someone who is really committed to the cause — the cause being the relocation of the Gay Head Light. Dana Gaines, 56, will kayak around the entire Island to benefit the restoration and relocation of the Gay Head Lighthouse. Gaines will be raising funds through the website Indiegogo, where contributors can pledge donations to his 52-mile trip to benefit the lighthouse’s move. Gaines has circumnavigated the Island before: in September of 2012 he and two friends actually set the record of eleven hours and four minutes. Now I like kayaking, but that is a long time in a not very big boat. He is of course hoping to beat his record this time around. You can go directly to the Indiegogo website to donate or you can go to as well. The paddle is scheduled for Saturday, August 9, with a possible rain date of Sunday, August 10. Gaines will also be sharing his training through a blog, where he will be posting frequent training updates in preparation for the 52-mile trip, from paddling to cycling and running. Go Dana!

I received news of this very sweet sounding wedding the other day. Forty-seven year summer resident, Christopher Mead of Erie, Penn.. married his sweetheart of 17 years, Traci Lockwood (also of Erie) on the beach surrounded by Traci’s daughters, Carly and Brianne, and close family in a heart-shaped formation created by sun-drenched rocks. They exchanged vows on Monday, June 16, at 4 pm. Don’t think that just because the wedding was on the beach that it was without technology. They streamed the wedding over the Internet so that parents Sandra Mead and Julie and Al Rekitt could “attend.” The bride walked from the Rainbow house over a dune lead by her daughters and flower girl and niece Sierra Donn. Attending family included the groom’s sister, Karen Mead, brother Eric Mead of San Jose, Calif., nephew Morgan Donn and brother-in-law Randy Donn. Vicky Hanjian of Oak Bluffs officiated. After all those years together it sounds like it was about time to make it official, and it also seems like it was a lovely wedding filled with family.

Former Aquinnah resident Siobhan Westcott celebrates her birthday on Tuesday. Happy Birthday, Siobhan!

Molly PurvesSummer officially starts on Saturday! Maybe now it will stay warm for more than two days in a row and I can take the comforter off my bed. Although we did badly need the rain we got last week. Aquinnah now looks so lush and beautiful, which seems almost shocking when you think back a few weeks ago when there were hardly any trees blooming. We took our first trip to Red Sand Beach and there were many kids romping in the water. People are getting their moorings and their boats in as well, although there are a lot of “regulars” that I don’t see yet at the pond.

There is a Summer Solstice party at the Lighthouse on Friday, 5–8 pm, with food and music. Everyone is welcome to attend.

There will be a summer Solstice potluck party at Sassafras, AKA David and Saskia’s house, this Saturday starting at 7 pm with a fire and music and I assume many people delighted to be finally saying goodbye to this cold spring.

At the Aquinnah Cultural Center this week:

On Friday, June 20, the ACC welcomes special guest speaker Matthew Stackpole of Mystic Seaport Museum, who is traveling with the whaling vessel, Charles W. Morgan. Mr. Stackpole will speak on the restoration of this last whaling vessel and its relation to Gay Head whale men — by donation. On Saturday, June 21, and Wednesday, June 25, you can stop by and see the new exhibits on Wampanoag whaling and the Gay Head Lighthouse. You can also get a tour of the homestead during regular hours which are Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 11 am to 4 pm. For more information on exhibits and programs, call 508-645-7900 or email us at

Summer Reading signup starts this Saturday at the Aquinnah Library. The big all-Island Summer Reading kickoff will be at the Ag Hall on July 5. Come and sign your kids up and then they can get prizes for all the books they read over the summer.

The “Dogs for Dads” party at the library was great fun. There was a grill on the deck and hot dogs for anyone who stopped by. We spent a very pleasant hour chatting with Eddie Stahl and his wife, Elissa; their daughter Lucille has gotten so big and she is so delightful. Jim Verycrusse stopped by to deliver a new outdoor sign he made for the library. Thank you, Jim.

Yoga at the Yard will start on June 28. Classes will be Monday through Friday at 7 am, Saturday at 8 am, and Sunday at 9 am. You can go to for all the information. I have heard also that Janette Vanderhoop is going to be teaching yoga over the summer at the Old Town Hall, but I haven’t gotten anything definite yet.

Happy birthday to Adam Wilson, our very organized and hardworking town administrator. Is that his official title? I’m not sure. It could also be Town Hall Gatekeeper or Man Who Knows All about How Aquinnah Runs — either of those would work too. Anyway his birthday is on Monday, so wish him a happy one if you see him.

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Molly-PurvesIt is already mid-June. I’m not sure how that happened, except that time just seems to keep on keeping on. People already seem a little harried and have that I-wish-there-were-more-hours-in-the-day look. I find that May and June are actually the most intense months here in terms of to-do lists and workload. I find that by July and definitely by August I’m so deep in some kind of sleep-deprived, used-to-being-upright-for-16-hours-at-a-time groove that they actually seem kind of easy to get through, but the starter months before you’re in that space and when you still have your winter pace on? These months can be brutal.

On Saturday, June 14, the Aquinnah Library will host, “Dogs for Dads” with a hot dog BBQ on the deck from 12 noon to 2 pm.  Hot dogs are free to all who attend (while supplies last). Inside the library there will be a picture frame craft for kids where they can make and decorate a picture frame, and Barbara will take a picture of them and print it out to put in the frame for their dads. On Saturday, June 21, sign-ups for Summer Reading will start at the Library. The Summer Reading theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read!” and in addition to signing kids up for summer reading, the library will offer cookies, lemonade, and a fun science experiment involving bubbles. In relation to the “Fizz, Boom, Read” theme of summer reading the library will host a series of “Fizz, Boom!” crafts on Saturdays. The crafts will be science and/or nature-based and some will contain an experiment.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center is opening for the season this Saturday, June 14, at 1 pm. The ACC operates the Edwin Vanderhoop Homestead, a 19th-century Gay Head farmstead, where you can learn about the history and culture of the Wampanoag people. Stay tuned for their weekly special events, but for now you can always drop by and get a tour of the homestead. Hours are: Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11am to 4 pm. For more information, please call 508-645-7900 or email at

There will be a Summer Solstice celebration at the Gay Head Lighthouse next Friday, June 20. The only information that I have about it right now is that William Waterway will be on hand signing copies of his new book, “Gay Head Lighthouse -– the First Light on Martha’s Vineyard.”

You can pick up your copy then or get one at the M.V. Museum or Bunch of Grapes. William has done a lot of research on the lighthouse and has packed the book with interesting facts such as: drinking water for all the Gay Head Light keepers — from 1799 to 1958 — had to be hauled from Cooke’s Spring a mile away from the lighthouse, and for a good part of its existence the lighthouse was painted with paint made from the red clay of the cliffs.

David and Saskia Vanderhoop will host a Summer Solstice potluck party at their home on June 21, the first official day of summer. The music, fire and fun start at 7 pm. There are still slots available for the first two weeks of Sassafras camp; Week One is June 30–July 4 and the theme is “Scouting,” Week two is July 7–11 and the theme is “Water.” Saskia is also looking for volunteers to help out with the camp. Call 508-645-2008 for any information on Sassafras.

Nicole Corbo is going to be very busy this summer. Starting on Tuesday, June 17, her morning fitness Stand Up Paddle boarding classes will begin. They will be held every Tuesday and Friday at 7 am. Intro to SUP (as the cool kids call it) and tours will be held every day at 8:30 and 10:30am. She will also be hosting a Teen Girls Paddle Camp July 21–25 between the hours of 8 am and 2 pm. It will include SUP, yoga, team building, hiking, and nutrition lessons. Nicole will be running the camp with her sister, Erin. Nicole will also be offering private modified SUP instruction for individuals with autism and other various exceptionalities. Aside from being a certified SUP and yoga instructor Nicole is also a special education teacher. If you would like to sign up for any of the above, call Nicole at 808-640-6935 or email her at

Walter Delaney got a great send-off as he left his home in Aquinnah for the last time last Tuesday. People gathered at the end of his drive to see him off and the Aquinnah Police and Fire Department escorted him to the town line. Good luck in your new home, Walter.

Happy birthday to summer resident Danny Jensen who celebrates on Monday.

Lastly let’s remember to thank all the dads in Aquinnah (and everywhere) this Sunday. Happy Father’s Day to Jed, Curtis, Peter, Jim N., Jim W., Adam,  Mike, Jay B., Jay S., Jimmy S., Jimmy B., Lang, Lee, Jeffery, Jason, Jerry, Spa, Vern, Bruce I., Ben, Todd, Eddie, Phil, Steve, Bruce E., Shawn, Isaac, Hugh, Paul, Derrill, Jim V., Spencer, Darrin, Jay T., Eric, Walter, Nick, Len, Phil, Francis, Woody, Chip, Buddy, David, Cully and in loving memory of Ricky. Apologies to all dads of Aquinnah that I forgot or just plain don’t know.

Now we have a little down time, a respite to catch our breath before the pace picks back up and it’s full steam ahead. Most of the summer people I talked to over Memorial Day were just here for the weekend and then will be returning mid or late June for the season. So, now is the time to do anything that you won’t be able to do for all of July and August or to drive down Island wantonly, for no good reason than just to go, because in a couple of weeks you know you will be cursing the traffic and the poor driving decisions that some of our summer folk make.

If they arrive, Carolyn Feltz will begin selling Philbin Beach stickers next week during the mornings at Town Hall. If you want to get your new resident parking pass before the end of June you must bring her your old one.

Joan LeLacheur will hold an open studio featuring her wampum jewelry on Saturday, June 7, from 10 am to 5 pm. If you cannot make those hours you can always call to schedule an appointment. Joanie says come and get “mementos for your graduates that reflect the beauty of our ocean.” Her address is 42 Old South Rd. You can reach Joanie at 508-645-9954 or

There are many fun things coming up at the library and next time you are there be sure to check out their container pizza garden that has herbs, tomatoes and pick-and-eat cherry tomatoes. The containers are re-purposed scallop boxes and Barbara created a water drip system out of recycled water bottles. Can I just say that Barbara is really cool? The pizza party where everyone gets to eat what has grown in the containers all summer will be on August 30.

Story time for the younger set is still happening on Thursdays, but now it is at 3 pm, and on Saturday there will be a kid’s craft from 12 noon to 3 pm. Next Saturday, June 14, for Father’s Day there will be “Dogs for Dads,” free hotdogs for dads and their friends from 12 noon to 2 pm. Summer reading will be starting soon! On Saturday, June 21, sign-up will begin. There will be an Island-wide summer reading kickoff at the Ag Hall on Saturday, July 5, starting at 10 am with face painting and entertainment.

The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee is looking for summer “merchandise and sales” interns for the summer. Interns would work at the lighthouse six to twelve hours a week. The shifts would be from 10 am to 4 pm; sales experience is helpful but not required. If you are interested, please contact Tiffany Smalley at or 508-627-0243.

Walter Delaney, longtime resident of Aquinnah, left his home here to go to an assisted living facility in Arlington on Tuesday. Walter and his wife Nancy first came to Aquinnah in 1950. Walter of course did much service in the town over the years and he and Nancy have a long history here. Walter retired from public service a couple of years ago and now that he is on his own it makes sense for him to move to a place where he is only 15 minutes from his daughter, Gayle.

Happy Birthday to George Baird who celebrates today and also to Sarah Saltonstall who celebrates on Sunday.

Here’s an interesting sounding film playing this Sunday at the Hebrew Center, “You May Call Her Madam Secretary,” a one-hour documentary film by Marjory and Robert Potts about Frances Perkins, the first woman to serve in a presidential cabinet. Frances Perkins was the Labor Secretary under FDR. The film screens at 7:30 pm, followed by a talk with the filmmakers. Local musicians created the score and some of the reenactments were filmed at the Lambert’s Cove Inn.


It felt like instant summer this past weekend not just because of the weather but because of the crowds. I went down Island to fetch my mom from the boat on Friday and the amount of people pouring out of the Island Home was staggering. I saw Alex Taylor over the weekend and she said the Outermost Inn was very busy and Chilmark Tavern saw a Saturday night that was more like a Saturday in August than past Memorial Day weekends.

There were also many runners, bikers, and mopedders on the road, so please watch out. And I mean that for everyone, not just the car drivers. If you are running or riding a bike on State Road, please pay attention to the traffic around you. I know that should go without saying but I just wanted to give a little reminder.

In case you hadn’t heard, all of the towns on the Island gave money out of their town’s budget to help move and restore the Gay Head Lighthouse. Voters in each town agreed on the requested amounts as follows: Aquinnah, $120,000, Chilmark, $51,854, Edgartown, $149,704, Oak Bluffs, $111,600, Tisbury, $50,000 and West Tisbury, $80,738. This brings the total amount that has been raised so far for the lighthouse to $1.2 million of $3 million total. Thank you to everyone who voted in favor of preserving this important piece of Martha’s Vineyard.

“We are thrilled with the unprecedented community support the towns of Martha’s Vineyard have displayed,” said Derrill Bazzy, chairman of the Aquinnah Community Preservation Committee. “The lighthouse is an iconic structure and this outpouring of support clearly adds an exclamation point to its importance to the Island.”

Remember also that you can now buy your tickets for the July 1 Gay Head Lighthouse benefit concert featuring popular singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash. The concert will be held at the Flatbread Company at the airport. Tickets for the concert are available at, Alley’s General Store, the Aquinnah town hall, and Midnight Farm for $200 in advance, or $250 at the door. Doors will open at 8 pm.

Theresa Manning threw a lovely baby shower to welcome her granddaughter, Kylee. The Town Hall looked amazing decorated with lots of pink baby things including a clothesline of onesies across the stage. There was a table of cookies and cupcakes decorated in various shades of pink and quite a spread of savory food as well. Theresa sure knows how to throw a party. Kylee and her mother Kayla have just moved here from Michigan and are living with Theresa and Paul. Kayla seemed very relaxed for a first-time mom, with her baby sleeping against her chest for most of the party. It’s delightful to have another little one in Aquinnah.

I received an email from the Martha’s Vineyard Helping Homeless Animals Shelter and apparently to protect the piping plovers along Dogfish Bar, traps are being set for their predators. Some cats have been caught and at least two were domestic cats. Please keep your cats indoors and if your cat has gone missing contact the MVHHAS at 508-696-8509.

Stop into The Chilmark Store and visit Louise Petersiel, who is the new grocery manager. I love seeing her behind the counter. Happy birthday to Leah Bassett who celebrates on Wednesday.

Molly-PurvesIt’s like this every year isn’t it? February, March, and April drag on and on with their cold, wet weather and then May hits and in the beginning it’s still more of the same and then, boom, everything starts blooming and the to-do lists grow longer by the minute. Do I always leave everything to the last minute or is there just so much more to do in May? I think it’s the latter. More work, more jobs, more cleanup, and of course more people and more traffic.

Dreamcatcher at the Cliffs is opening Thursday, May 22, at 11:30 am. Come on by for some lunch or for ice cream or both. The Outermost Inn will be opening for dinner on Friday at 6 pm. They will be open Friday-Sunday until the beginning of June and then go to Tuesday-Sunday. They will be serving their $79 fixed price meal, and you can call 508-645-3511 to reserve a table. The Chilmark Tavern opened this past weekend and will be open Thursday-Monday until late June and then seven days a week in the high season.

At the library this Saturday, starting at noon, there will there will be a pizza garden planting party. The harvesting of which will result in a pizza party at the end of the summer.

Joan LeLacheur will host an open studio at her home this Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. She has new creations of wampum, abalone, and conch and moon snail. If you are looking for a gift for a graduate, a bride, or just someone special. Come on by 42 Old South Road. Call 508-645-9954 for more details.

Congratulations to Juli Vanderhoop who is now a selectman of Aquinnah. The results were announced at the Orange Peel Bakery during pizza night last week and much raucous celebrating ensued. It’s going to be a hectic summer for Juli with her new schedule, but I’m sure she can handle it. Many thanks are due to outgoing selectman Beverly Wright who served for three years. I found Beverly to be fair in her judgment and well educated on whatever subjects came before the selectmen. Thank you, Beverly, for all your service to the town.

Paula and David Eisenberg are headed to Croatia this week for their son’s wedding. When I asked why Croatia, was his bride from there? They replied no that the couple just wanted to get married someplace interesting and picked Croatia. The Gerhard family welcomed a new puppy into their family this weekend, whose name is Oscar.

Of course the whole Island was rocked by the news of Pat Gregory’s senseless murder last weekend. I knew Pat only slightly because of his work at Educomp, but he was always so kind to me. Whenever I saw him, no matter what he was doing, be it watching his grandchildren play soccer or working at Educomp he was always happy and calm. He seemed to radiate good will. There is no way that I can make sense of this pointless crime that has robbed Pat’s family and all of us of his wonderful presence. I know he will be greatly missed for many years to come.

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Molly-PurvesI feel like my summer has arrived — or at least the summer duties are here. I wake up with to-do lists running through my mind. I am not the best at time management, but after living and working here for the past seven years I’ve gotten good at doing four things at once while thinking about two more like it seems that we all do in the summer. And so it begins.

So many openings over the next two weeks. The Aquinnah Shop is open for breakfast and lunch. The Chilmark Store opened on Monday (and they have gluten-free sandwiches, psych!). Chilmark Tavern is opening Sunday night. Dreamcatcher on the cliffs has postponed their opening until Thursday, May 22, when they will open at 11:30 am and hope to see their friends then. The Outermost Inn will be opening next week for Memorial Day weekend and the Gayhead Gallery will also be opening Memorial Day weekend as well. By next week Juli will be doing pizza night on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 pm at the Orange Peel Bakery. It feels like Aquinnah and up-Island in general is back in business.

Congratulations to Belinda Booker and her daughter, Chantal, who both passed the practical exam to become EMTs. They still have to pass the written test, but the practical is the harder of the two (so I’m told). Chantal will be attending University of New Hampshire in the fall so Belinda and her husband, Spencer, will be almost empty-nesters: their son Ben is still at home for a couple more years. Ben will finally have his parents’ undivided attention, which will either thrill him or drive him up the wall.

Megan Ottens-Sargent recently returned from visiting her daughter, Ana, in Los Angeles. Ana is doing very well in pursuing a career in the arts and seems very happy. Megan also attended a protest in Washington, D.C., against the Keystone XL pipeline. Called Reject and Protect, it was led by the “Cowboy Indian Alliance,” a group of ranchers, farmers, and tribal communities from along the Keystone XL pipeline route. Megan volunteered at the protest and said it was an incredible day. There were teepees set up on the Washington Mall and cowboys and Native Americans riding horses through the streets of D.C. If you go to you can see some great photos of the event.

The Gerhards just returned from Hawaii, I saw Lang Gerhard looking very tanned and relaxed at the Taylors’ “Kegs and Cake” block party this past weekend. Hughie and Jeanie also look tanned and relaxed, having just returned from their winter retreat in the Bahamas. Ken Wentworth and Liz Witham were in Mexico working and relaxing in their off time. I also saw Paula and David Eisenberg, who will be here for the season shortly. David is sure enjoying his retirement; he spent a lot of the winter being a “ski bum” in Colorado. Thank you to Alex Taylor, Shawn MacPhail, Noli Taylor, and Isaac Taylor for a great party on Saturday, with great food, wonderful people, and the band “Goodnight Louise” playing. And it didn’t rain! A great day.

Happy birthday to Aquinnah Witham who celebrates on Saturday.

The Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council (MVCC) is holding their first annual Grant Recipient Celebration, 6–7:30 pm, on May 20at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven.

Past recipients of grants from the MVCC, this year’s grant award recipients, and the public are invited to attend the celebration at the film center. Grant recipients will share their work, including salsa dancing, poetry readings, troubadour recitals, film clips, and music. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Organizations from Aquinnah who have benefitted from the MVCC are: Aquinnah Cultural Center, Aquinnah Public Library, Spindrift Marionettes, and Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth to name a few. This is a great council that supports arts in our community.

This year, a group of parents and community members have organized the first (in 12 years) annual After Prom Party. The Dukes County Youth Task Force is assisting this group of parents in organizing and acting as a fiscal agent for this event. The YMCA has generously donated their facility on the night of May 17, from 10 pm to 5 am. The After Prom Committee has been seeking donations and assistance, and the community has been generously coming forward to support our kids in a healthy, drug- and alcohol-free post-prom experience.

The event is for all juniors and their dates. Juniors who do not attend Prom are also welcome to enjoy all the evening nights’ events: a Poolside DJ, Bungee Run, Karaoke in the Base, Games and Music, Velcro Climbing Wall, Movies, great food and some fabulous door prizes and raffles. Juniors will be encouraged to stay the night, and enjoy great breakfast fare before a 5 am pick-up.

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Mother’s Day is of course this Sunday and Chilmark Chocolates will be open regular hours this week, Thursday–Sunday, 11:30 am to 5:30 pm. The gift shops on the Cliffs will also be open, so do the right thing, dads and kids, and get the mom in your life a gift. You could also give her a day off, an always welcome gift in my household.

Now that I am a mom I love Mother’s Day and welcome it every year, but I also know that it can be a hard day for mothers who have lost children or for children who have lost their moms. I have no great words of wisdom on this subject, but I know that there are many people in our community that fit this profile and I want to let them know that I will be thinking of them as well on Mother’s Day and hoping that they know they are not alone.

At the library this weekend on Saturday from 12 noon to 2 pm the craft will be “Mugs for Mothers.” At 2 pm there will be a tea party for moms, fancy hats encouraged. On Saturday, May 24, at noon come get your hands dirty at the library and help plant a pizza garden that will result in a pizza party in August.

The Minnesingers’ spring concert is this weekend in the Performing Arts Center at the high school. They will perform on Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm, and of course they will be led by Aquinnah’s own Jan Wightman.

Aquinnah has some new grandparents; Kayla Manning, daughter of Paul Manning, step-daughter of Theresa Manning, and granddaughter of June Manning, gave birth to a healthy baby girl one month prior to her due date. Three-pound, 15-ounce Kylee Rose was born at 8:45 pm on April 29. Paul went out to Michigan to see his new granddaughter for a few days, and if all goes according to plan mom and baby will be relocating here soon. Congratulations to everyone and I can’t wait to meet the new baby.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas and grandmas in and from Aquinnah: Theresa M., Alex, June, Jeanie, Noli, Amera, Ona, Adrianna, Berta, Carla, Joanie, Roxanne, Anne, Noni, Nonie, Juli, Faith, Tiffany, Jamie, Nancy B., Nancy L., Robin, Heidi, Naushon, Mallory, Jeffie, Mimi, Alyssa, Anja, Lane, Jo-Ann, Wendy, Kathy N., Eva, Sarah, Irina, Diotima, Betty, Jessie, Teresa F., Christy, Belinda, Barbie, Virginia, Kate, Aretha, Jean, Carolyn, Missy, Natalie, Penny W., Carol, Megan, Meg, Susie, Tanisha, Kelly, Isolette, Heather, Audrey, Nefititi, Melissa, Nerissa, Rachel, Melanie, Kathleen, Grace, Sabel, Lisa and Barbara of the library and in loving memory of Amanda and Penny. My apologies to anyone I’ve overlooked. Let’s all take a day off on Sunday, shall we?

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