Aquinnah Cultural Center fundraiser

Arthur Hardy Doubleday, Marie Doubleday, Ellie Diamond Vanderhoop, Tobias Vanderhoop share a laugh. — Photo by Meg Higgins

The annual fundraiser for the Aquinnah Cultural Center was held Saturday, August 14, at the Center on the circle at Gay Head. Some 70 supporters of the ACC turned out on a lovely evening, to catch up on the latest center news, enjoy a delicious meal, and watch a one-man play.

With the setting sun streaming in, a sit-down dinner was catered by Chistina Hook, a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). Traditional dishes like clam fritters, succotash, quahog chowder, and blueberry slump took diners back to a simpler but no less tasty time.

After dinner, the crowd was treated to a one-man performance of “The Return of Epinow,” by Anawan Weeden, a Mashpee Wampanoag. Epinow was captured by the English and taken back to England. He lived there for three years, before conning his captors into bringing him back to these shores, where he promised he could lead them to gold. On arrival, he escaped and rejoined his family and his tribe, regaling them with tales of filthy, smelly streets, animals living in the same buildings as humans, and other bizarre behavior.