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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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So I learned something useful this past week after my son came down with a bad case of poison ivy (not unusual this time of year) around his mouth (that was unusual as I know he did not eat any poison ivy and that’s how it looked). It was bad enough for him to stay home from school and when he asked for a mango as a snack, a friend who happened to be over said to be careful of the rinds of mangoes because they contain the same chemical as poison ivy.

I looked it up and what do you know, “The sap of the tree [of poison ivy] and the rind of the mango fruit contain urushiol, the oil that causes the poison ivy rash. The pulp of the mango fruit does not contain urushiol.” And who had been eating mangoes right from the rind all weekend long as another friend had given us a box of them? My son. Hence the horrible poison ivy like rash all around his mouth. Lesson learned.

Wendy Weldon will have a show of new work at the Chilmark Library from May 3 to May 22. The show will contain acrylics on canvas and mounted monotypes. If you cannot make it to the show, check out her website at

At the Library this Saturday at 2 pm there will be a workshop for adults about container gardening. On Saturday, May 10, from 12 noon to 2 pm, there will be a kid’s craft, “Mugs for Mothers” in honor of Mother’s Day. Then at 2 pm there will be a traditional tea party with proper tea and scones. No fancy hat required but certainly don’t feel shy about donning your best hat if you do have one. Creativity is always encouraged at the library.

Pizza is on at the Orange Peel Bakery. Stop by on Saturdays from 12 noon to 3 pm (but NOT this Saturday, when Juli will be out of town bringing her daughter Ella home) for some delicious pizza and great company. Pizza night on Wednesdays will resume in mid-May.

The public is invited to a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, May 7, at 7 pm at the Old Town Hall in Aquinnah.  The evening is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard. The forum will offer an opportunity to hear statements from those running for office and to ask questions on topics of your interest. Be sure to attend and bring your friends. The only contested race is for a seat on the board of selectmen, which Beverly Wright and Juli Vanderhoop are vying for.

I just got word that the Aquinnah Shop is aiming to open tomorrow, May 2. Let’s hope everything goes according to plan. The Dreamcatcher on the cliffs will be opening for the summer season on Saturday, May 17 (weather permitting) and Dona Perry told me she and Gordon are looking forward to serving and seeing their local customers and friends. Faith Vanderhoop has not set an opening date for Faith’s Seafood Shack but will be open by Memorial Day at the latest.

Happy Birthday to Ella Mahoney who celebrates today and who will be coming home from her first year at school this weekend. I hope that the adjustment from the big city to the little town is not too much for her. Jim Wallen’s birthday is Friday and Alex Taylor’s is on May 6. Happy birthday to all!

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Daffodils are blooming all over town. While the temperatures are still fluctuating (there was actually frost last week), I think winter is finally over. The trees should be blooming soon and then the lilacs will be out hopefully in time for Mother’s Day. Everyone is coming outside and cleaning up their yards and getting ready for the summer.

This Saturday at the Aquinnah Library from 12 noon to 3 pm there will be Legos and cartoons for kids. Next Saturday Barbara Lampson will give a talk on container gardening.

The 33rd Chilmark Women’s Symposium will be held at the Chilmark Community Center this Saturday, April 26, from 9 am to 12 noon. The theme is “Dreams.” There will be speakers, small discussion groups and refreshments. The event is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, call Bonnie George at 508-645-3214.

If you or a young person you know is looking to become a lifeguard this summer the Mansion House Health Club will offer American Red Cross Life Saving certification starting on May 1. The course will be taught by Aquatics Director Jennifer Fragosa. You must be at least 15 years old and the course is approximately 31 hours and costs $350. The course meets at the Mansion House Pool. Contact Jennifer Fragosa at 508-693-2200 or

The public is invited to a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, May 7, at 7 pm at the Old Town Hall in Aquinnah. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard, the forum will offer an opportunity to hear statements from those running for office and to ask questions on topics of your interest. Be sure to attend and bring your friends.

There are lots of advances being made in the Save the Gay Head Light campaign: the $10,000 grant from the Permanent Endowment, the selection of the company who will do the move, and now this special concert to benefit the Lighthouse.

Rosanne Cash will perform on July 1 at Flatbread’s. Doors Open at 8 pm and there will be a live auction with Tony Shalhoub at 8:45 pm. Tickets are $200 and you can buy them in advance. Make your check payable to Town of Aquinnah with “Lighthouse Fund/Cash Concert” in the memo line. Send checks to: Town of Aquinnah, 65 State Rd, Aquinnah, MA 02535.

Both egg hunts held in Aquinnah over the weekend went swimmingly. First up was the Library’s on Saturday. Twenty-nine kids varying in age from under a year to 14 years old, gathered to search for eggs hidden on the property. Claus Smith found quite a lot and then shared his bounty with others. Go Claus! The quote of the day came from a three-year-old girl who said, “Beans. Beans. Ders beans in da eggs.”

Next up was the Duck Inn’s annual egg hunt on Sunday where 400 eggs get hidden all over the yard. While kids searched for eggs and trinkets adults gathered inside to catch up and partake of the potluck. Congratulations to Westley Wlodyka who found the golden egg. How lucky are we to have two great spring events in one weekend? I’m so sorry I missed them both as I was away this weekend but thank you to Barbara Lampson and Elise LeBovit who filled me in on the goings on.

Eddie Stahl and his wife, Alyssa, and their daughter, Lucille, had a great time in Mexico and Toronto. They have just returned after being away for nearly two and a half months, having missed the worst of the winter weather. Lucky them, and what a fun time to be returning to the Island.

A very happy birthday to Clovis Smith who turned three this past Tuesday!

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Molly-PurvesThere is a lot of bustle in our town right now as people prepare for summer. Berta and Carla have opened their shop at the Cliffs and their sister Adrianna will open hers at the end of the month. No word yet on the Aquinnah Shop and Faith’s Seafood Shack, but they usually open around Mother’s Day.

Happy Easter/Passover/Spring. Here is the schedule for Holy Week at the Community Baptist Church of Gay Head and their sister church, the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven. Tonight at 6 pm there is a Maundy Thursday/Passover Observance followed by a light supper at First Baptist Church Parish House, William Street, in Vineyard Haven. On Good Friday, April 18, there will be a service at noon at the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven and a 7 pm service at the Community Baptist of Gay Head in Aquinnah. Easter Sunday there will be a 6 am Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at Community Baptist of Gay Head in Aquinnah, a 9 am Easter Sunday Service at Eastville Beach, a 9:45 am breakfast at First Baptist Church Parish House in Vineyard Haven and an 11 am Easter Sunday “Alleluia” Service at First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven. Everyone is welcome to any and all of the services and events held over Holy Week. Please call the church office or Pastor Rev. Ellen T. Tatreau at 508-693-1539 if you would like more information.

There are also some non-religious ways to celebrate the season this weekend. The Aquinnah Public Library will host a Spring Fling this Saturday with an egg hunt that starts at 10 am sharp! Refreshments will be served. And of course Sunday at 1 pm is the Easter egg hunt at the Duck Inn. There will be a potluck lunch, so please bring something to share with everyone and good luck finding the golden egg.

The 22nd Annual Earth Day Beach Clean-Up sponsored by the Vineyard Conservation Society is this Saturday from 10 am to 12 noon. Come to Lobsterville, Philbin, or any of the Tribal Beaches at 10 am, when volunteers will be there with supplies. Clean up the beach and then head down to the Harbor View Hotel for food, a raffle, and appreciation.

The 33rd Chilmark Women’s Symposium will be held at the Chilmark Community Center on Saturday, April 26, from 9 am to 12 noon. The theme is “Dreams” and there will be speakers, small group discussions, and refreshments. The event is free, but donations are welcome to cover expenses. For further information, call Bonnie George at 508-645-3214.

On April 9, 2014, the Gay Head Light Campaign Received a $10,000 Grant fromthe Permanent Endowment Fund for Martha’s Vineyard. This money will fund the recently completed geotechnical survey and testing activities that will help determine the best relocation site for the historic Gay Head Light.

“We are very grateful to Permanent Endowment Fund for recognizing the value of this effort,” said Beverly Wright chair of the Save the Gay Head Lighthouse committee. “This grant award from such a well-respected local foundation continues to build the collective Island-wide support and community spirit behind saving this treasure.”

GEI Consultants conducted testing in and around the cliffs in January this year. The tests analyzed the composition of soil beneath the lighthouse, potential relocation sites and moving paths. Once the results are evaluated, a recommendation will be made on the optimal sites for relocation of the light. The decision on the final site will be announced at the Aquinnah town meeting on May 13.

Last week I noted that Juli Vanderhoop is running for selectman as Beverly Wright’s term is up. However I should have noted that Beverly is running for a second term as well. My apologies for any confusion I caused. This is going to be a tough decision as both Juli and Beverly do so much for the community and would both (I believe) be assets to the town on the Board of Selectmen. Good luck to both of them.

The town gave Margie Spitz a grand send-off last Friday at the Old Town Hall. After 29 years of service, Margie retired. She received a very sweet gift from her colleagues at the Town Hall: a beautiful rocker for her front porch so she can sit and rest and watch the world go by. Margie said that at this point she has no grand plans for the future. Congratulations, Margie.

Lastly it’s time to start thinking of summer camp options and Sassafras here in Aquinnah has a day camp throughout July with a different theme every week. There is an early bird special if you get your paperwork and deposit in by May 1. You can go to or call Saskia Vanderhoop at 508-645-2008 for all the details.