Town Column : Aquinnah
We've had one day of summer-like weather and already my car is filled with sand. How did that happen? Should I vacuum it once a week or go old-school Vineyard and just let it fill up all summer so that by August the inside of my car looks like a desert? I'm tempted by the latter, and not just because I hate vacuuming out my car but because I have a thing about all the big, shiny, perfectly kept cars that fill the Island in the summer. What happened to Island junkers and modest cars that aren't flashy but will get you where you need to go, no problem? Must everything be hulking and shiny?
And speaking of hulking and shiny: How many beachgoers saw the shark that washed up on Philbin the other day? It was a basking shark, and it was large. That fact that it had been alive and presumably swimming in our waters...? Okay that's cool, I'm not the least bit freaked out, I can hang with nature, and I have the sand in my car to prove it. But maybe I'm just going to hang at the pond for a bit, you know until the ocean warms up.
The last time I was at the pond I ran into my seasonal neighbors, Patrick and Kristen McHugh and their two beautiful and tall daughters, Bella and Kate. The whole family is here for a couple of weeks, visiting from Michigan.
Hey, Noli Taylor had her baby. A perfect baby boy, Emmett Cole Taylor, born on June 5.
Congratulations to Noli and Isaac and their family.
There will be a community opening, a town and tribe potluck luncheon and social, at the Aquinnah Cultural Center (ACC) at the Cliffs on Saturday, June 13, at 11 am. The Black Brook Drum and Singers will perform. The ACC will open to the public on June 20, and will be open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm.
Caitlin Cook is bringing pilates up-Island. She is teaching mat classes at The Yard on Mondays at 7 am, and at the Yoga Barn, on Mondays at 5:30 pm. She is also available for private individual or group sessions, call 508-645-2500.
Carl Widdiss and Pam Glavin just returned from a week- long trip to Nova Scotia, which Carl said was beautiful and fascinating.
School is almost out, kids are getting antsy and ready for some time off, but here's something I overheard on the Chilmark School playground the other day: "Break the rules until the teacher tells you not to."