Lighthouse remains main concern in Aquinnah


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.