Aquinnah: See you in September?

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The summer season officially starts now, the hustle, the bustle, the inevitable and infuriating traffic. But also the sun, the beach, and the (soon) warm ocean, which all sound like a miracle after the Planet Hoth–like winter we had. There are also now things to do up-Island, such as shopping at the Cliffs, or having dinner at the Outermost Inn, which will open tomorrow night. Chilmark Tavern opened this past Tuesday, and the Beach Plum Inn opens this Friday. Seriously, this weekend you could eat out every night and not have to go farther than Menemsha. That is something worth celebrating.

The Aquinnah Shop will be open for dinner this weekend! Hours are: Friday 10:30 am to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:30 am to 8 pm, and Monday 8:30 am to 4 pm. Come on in, get dinner and pie, and enjoy the view. The Orange Peel Bakery will be having pizza day this Saturday from noon to 3 pm. Once June starts, Wednesday-night pizza will resume from 5 to 8 pm, along with Saturday nights from 5 to 8 pm.

Joan LeLacheur and her daughter, Aquinnah Witham, will host another open studio this weekend on Saturday, May 23, 10 am to 5 pm, at 42 Old South Road in Aquinnah. For sale will be Joanie’s beautiful wampum jewelry, and stunning silk blouses, tunics, and jackets imported from Vietnam and Thailand by Aquinnah Witham. If you want more information, call 508-645-9954 or email her at Joanlela57@gmail.com.

Upcoming events at the library include: Mad Libs & Coloring this Saturday, May 23, at 11 am. On Thursday, May 28 at 5 pm will be the first meeting of the Adult Book Group. A Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian will be the book discussed. On Saturday, May 30, there will be a Family Jaws Party at 11 am. You can make a shark puppet, compete in family trivia, and more.

There will be a poetry reading to celebrate Peggy Freydberg and the publication of her book, Poems from the Pond, featuring Brooke Adams, Nancy Aronie, Geraldine Brooks, Kimberly Cartwright, Laurie David, Jorie Graham, and Tamara Sloan from 5 to 7 pm this Sunday at the Chilmark Community Center. Admission is free, but please RSVP to poemsfromthepond@gmail.com.

And of course this weekend is the Friends of Family Planning annual Memorial Day weekend Art Show and Fundraiser at the New Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury. This event always make me feel like the season has officially begun. There will be many up-Island artists participating, so please stop by. It will be up Friday, May 22, from 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday, May 23 from 10 am to 4 pm, with the Wine and Cheese Fundraiser and Art Show on Saturday night from 6 to 8 pm. Tickets are $50. The last day of the show will be Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

There is free admission and free parking during the days. For more information, go to friendsoffamilyplanning.org.

Many people gathered at the Chilmark branch of Santander Bank to wish Kim Klaren, Nikki Lou Youngblood, and Carrie Chhibber a fond farewell. There were many up-Islanders there to say goodbye. It’s hard to believe that the bank is closing next week and will no longer be there. I will miss Kim and Nikki Lou a lot, and wish them all the best in the next phase of their work lives.
Emerson Mahoney and Ben Booker had a great time at the junior prom last weekend, and I must say they looked very handsome in their tuxes. Happy birthday to sometime Aquinnah resident Janis Vogel, who celebrates on Monday. Congratulations to Jim Newman, who retained his selectman seat, and congratulations to Barbara Bassett, who although she did not win, decided to run for elected office and really put her heart and soul into it.

Happy Memorial Day everyone, see you in September!