Aquinnah: What happens at Farm Neck…

Photo by Molly Purves

This past Saturday Barbara created another successful — and delicious — craft for everyone at the library: tie dye cupcakes. I’m not sure where she got the idea for this but Barbara put cake batter and food coloring into squeeze bottles so there were four different colors and then everyone could mix the colors in their cupcake paper and when they were baked they looked tie-dyed. It was a lot of messy fun.

While I was at the library I saw June Manning and Angie Waldron who were going to attend their 50th high school reunion at Farm Neck that evening, when I asked them to send me some highlights of the evening, Angie replied, “What happens at Farm Neck stays at Farm Neck.”

Wampum artist and jeweler Joan LeLacheur is holding an open studio and sale this Saturday, October 11, from 10 am to 5 pm at 42 Old South Rd., here in Aquinnah. There will be a lot of wampum jewelry with embellishments of abalone and moon snail for men, women, and children.  For more information, contact Joanie at or 508-645-9954.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center at the Edwin Devries Vanderhoop Homestead, near the Gay Head cliffs, is open for one more week with regular hours and then by appointment through October. Hours this week are Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm. This is the last chance to tour this 19th century farmstead and learn about Wampanoag whaling in the18th and 19th centuries. To schedule a special tour or program after October 11, or for general information please call the ACC at 508-645-7900 or email

Sassafras is excited to start another season of programming, Squirrels & Coyotes will be held on Saturdays (starting this Saturday) from 11 am to 4 pm. Call Saskia Vanderhoop at 508-645-2008 or check out the website at

The Aquinnah Public Library will be closed Tuesday, October 14, Thursday, October 16 and Saturday October 18 while the floors get refinished. The plan is to reopen on Tuesday, October 21.

Chilmark Chocolates is closed until October 30 but don’t worry: Featherstone Center for the Arts and The Art of Chocolate founders Jeanne and Malcolm Campbell are hosting the 11th Annual Art of Chocolate Preview Party on Friday evening, October 10, 6–8 pm. The party will be at Featherstone and is $50 per person for endless chocolate treats (a bargain if you ask me). Please RSVP by calling 508-693-1850. If you can’t make the reception on Friday you can stop by Saturday and Sunday, from 12 noon to 4 pm to taste chocolate concoctions made by Island bakers, artists and chocolate lovers at the annual festival at Featherstone Center for the Arts.

This is the last weekend to enjoy dinner at the Outermost Inn, Chilmark Tavern, and the Home Port. If you can’t make it in you’ll just have to wait until next year.

The Gay Head 10K was this past Sunday and it was a glorious day for a race. Many people came out to cheer the runners on, including Flip Scipio who serenaded runners with tunes on his ukulele along Moshup Trail. Brother and sister, Isaac and Alex Taylor ran together. There were many people from Aquinnah who ran for our lighthouse including Berta Welch, Spencer Booker, Belinda Booker, Michael Sellitti, Walter Ricciardi, Nancy Leport, Sophia Welch, Paul Cotton, and Susan Poduska. Thank you and congratulations to all the runners and a big thank you to the volunteers and the organizers of the race.

While I was watching the runners come in at the race I got to visit with Adrianna Ignacio who is home and healing. She held court in her wheelchair while many people came by to wish her well. Buddy and Lisa Vanderhoop (who recently celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary) enjoyed a visit from Buddy’s two eldest daughters Amy and Nicole last week. They went out to dinner, saw Gone Girl, had a family fishing trip and soaked up the lovely weekend weather.