Aquinnah: Town Hall flea market


Having spent the past weekend off Island in Montreal and Vermont I can say that we are still in fall and that up north it feels much more like winter’s coming. A lot of the trees were bare in Vermont which felt oddly chillier than Montreal. The drive up through Vermont to Montreal was very beautiful with some trees holding onto their now muted red and yellow leaves. I returned to the Vineyard on Monday night and when I walked off the boat it felt positively balmy out. I also heard that there was some wind surfing to be had on Saturday and Sunday in Aquinnah. Love those late fall days when you can still get in the water.

The Halloween Party is this Friday which is of course Halloween. The party will be held at the Tribal building and surrounding grounds from  5:30 to 8:30 pm.. There will be a hay maze, snacks, a piñata, and a costume contest. Everyone in town is welcome.

There will be trick or treating throughout Aquinnah on Halloween night; please let me know if you would like trick or treaters to come to your house and what your address is. You can email me at

On Sunday, Richard Skidmore will host readings from Legacy of Light Poems for the Gayhead Lighthouse at Midnight Farm in Vineyard Haven from 4 to 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Come out and vote next week! Election Day is Tuesday, November 4. Polls are open from 12 noon to 7 pm. Remember that we have a special town meeting two days later — next Thursday, November 6, at 7 pm to take care of some business. The meeting will be held at the Old Town Hall.

There will be a Flea Market at the old Town Hall to raise funds for a new roof and interior painting of the Community Baptist Church of Gayhead on Saturday, November 8. There will be jewelry, antiques, artwork, books, clothing etc. for sale and food will be available as well. For table space please call 508-645-2574.

With the colder months coming and recreational soccer ending soon, you may be looking for some outdoor activities for your kids. Sassafras holds an all-day outdoor camp every Saturday called “Coyotes and Squirrels” from 11 am to 4 pm. Sassafras will also host an all ages fire-making workshop on Sunday, November 9, 1–4 pm. Call Saskia Vanderhoop at 508-645-2008 for all the information and to sign up. You can also go to their website:

Noli Taylor has been doing a great job with Island Grown Schools. She recently sent out an email to all up-Island school parents letting us know what local ingredients are in their school lunches and there are so many. From local farms and the school gardens as well. I have to say I frequently look at my son’s lunch menu, and wish I was a student at Chilmark School.

Happy Birthday to Liz Witham who celebrates on Tuesday.