Aquinnah: time to move the lighthouse

The Gay Head Lighthouse was open to the public last weekend for the last time before the move. — Photo by Lisa Vanderhoop

Happy spring! Happy April school vacation! Happy “better get your ducks in a row because summer will be here before you know it”! Finally it seems as if winter is behind us, although I keep hearing reports of snow up north, but not here, thank goodness. Here the lambs are being born, some bushes are budding, the forsythia is out, as are the crocuses, and the pinkletinks are peeping. Rather loudly too. It’s glorious. This spring in particular seems hard-won and well deserved. And miraculous, if only because it seemed like it would never come.

Joan LeLacheur and her daughter Aquinnah Witham will have an open studio and sale this Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm at Joan’s studio at 42 Old South Road. Joan will be selling her jewelry, and Aquinnah will be selling her imported silk Vietnamese clothing. Call Joanie at 508-645-9954, or email her at

At the library this Saturday, April 18, celebrate Earth Day by helping to do some landscape cleanup and planting some seeds in the outdoor pots from noon to 3 pm.

This Saturday at 3 pm, the artist Linda Thompson will have an artist’s reception at the Chilmark library. Her paintings are lovely, and you should definitely take a look.

The Kale Soup Throwdown is this Sunday. You can have all the soup you want with everyone’s favorite vegetable at the P.A. Club. It’s from 5 to 7pm; tickets are $10, and $5 for kids. It benefits the Islanders Talk Benevolent Fund.

Pathways will be closing up shop soon (and Chilmark Tavern will be reopening in mid-May), so the next couple of weeks are your last chance to see the art happenings there. Next Thursday, April 23, at 7pm the show Digital Visions will be up with videography screenings by filmmakers Danielle Mulcahy, Ken Wentworth and Liz Witham, and Marianne Goldberg.

The Save the Gay Head Light project has moved into the final phase: the moving of the Gay Head Light! People gathered at the lighthouse on Saturday to visit it for the last time in its current spot. I was unable to attend, but my husband and son went. Ten years ago my husband and I were married at the lighthouse. The spot where we had our ceremony doesn’t exist anymore; it has fallen down the cliff. Obviously the move is happening at the right time before any more ground is lost.

Eric Vanderhoop turned 5 over the weekend, and it looks like he had a grand time, surrounded by friends and family and a very big cake.