Town Column : Aquinnah
Ah, the lovely weather is continuing through the end of the month. Thank goodness. What a glorious September we have had here, warm days, cool nights, and even some good beach days. Thursday was hot and still on Menemsha Pond before the clouds rolled in, and the water was perfect for a cooling dip. The nights have also been perfect for stargazing.
The Living Local Harvest Festival is this weekend, Friday evening and Saturday during the day and in the evening at the New Ag Hall. Admission is free and there promises to be some good food and informative exhibits.
Bob and Cynthia Nixon, owners of the Beach Plum Inn, hosted some special guests last week, American veterans who were members of the Healing Waters organization. It is a group that brings together veterans and fishing. Many up-Island charter captains participated and took groups of veterans out for three days of fishing, including Aquinnah's own Buddy Vanderhoop. Buddy took his group out on Wednesday. When I asked him how the fishing was he said, "Slow," but conceded that it got better in the afternoon. It was the Nixon's young son, Jack, who got the idea for the event and his parents helped him put it into action. There were two big dinners for the fishermen and the veterans and it seemed as if everyone had a grand time.
The Aquinnah Cultural Center closed for the season yesterday. Thank you to everyone there who put together a wonderful season of exhibits, demonstrations, and tours.
Speaking of closings, the temporary library in the old town hall is all packed up and the move back to the permanent space has begun. Let's hope it's quick and we can all enjoy our library again soon.
In shopping news, On The Cliffs is having a 50 percent off sale this Friday, from 5 to 8 pm.
Welcome to Irina and Lang Gerhard who, with their daughter Sascha, have upgraded from summer residents to year-round Aquinnah townsfolk, relocating from Mill Valley, Calif. They are a welcome addition, not only because they are nice people but because they throw a great party as they proved on Saturday night, when they hosted Spa's birthday party. People came from all over up-Island to celebrate and to eat some great cake. There were many kids running around and up way past their bedtimes, trying to get more cake without their parents noticing. A very happy birthday to you, Spa.
Mallory and Len Butler's daughter Jeffie and her daughter Maeve are visiting for one month from Denver, Colo. Mallory and Len and their kids, Nina and Max also caught the latest production of "Jersey Boys" in Boston, as a guest of the producer.
Just to prove the season's not completely over, I met a lovely couple vacationing in Aquinnah last week, Veronica and Frank, who were visiting from Los Angeles.