Aquinnah: The Gay Head Light is soon to be relighted


This is such good news and really warms my heart; the Gay Head Light is soon to be relighted! This Tuesday, August 11, there will be a community gathering at the new Lighthouse location from 5:30 to 8 pm. The relighting is at 6 pm sharp. This will end the longest period of darkness in the 160-year history of the Lighthouse. Come one, come all to see this historic event. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, sit back and relax. There will be music and food and free parking at the beach lot at the base of the circle. I know once the light is relighted, all will feel right again in Aquinnah.

This Friday, August 7, at the Aquinnah Cultural Center is the “Captured 1614” exhibit grand opening from 4 to 6 pm. This exhibit is the inaugural event of the Plymouth 400, and relates the little-known history of the kidnappings and enslavement of Wampanoag people by European sea captains in the early 17th century. The exhibit will be at the ACC through mid-September. There is a $10 admission fee for the opening. This Saturday at 5 pm is the ACC’s annual Traditional Feast and Fundraiser. The fundraiser supports all museum programs, activities, and special events. The feast is a traditional Wampanoag meal, followed by a speaker. This year’s presentation is by Paula Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag, who developed the “Captured 1614” exhibit. Paula will explain the history that inspired the exhibit, and the process of making it. Tickets are $100 for adults and $40 for children. In addition to these events, the museum will be open on their regularly scheduled days Wednesday to Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm. For more information on all programs and exhibits, please call 508-645-7900 or email Regular admission is $5 adults, $3 for seniors and children under 12.

Thursday night at the Old Town Hall, Tom Dunlop will return with Jan Pogue of Vineyard Stories to speak on their new book, “Reflections on Martha’s Vineyard,” a collection of essays written by the late William A. Caldwell, who won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary before moving to the Island, where for 13 years he wrote a weekly column for the Vineyard Gazette called “Reflections of That Man Friday.” Next Thursday, August 13, Chris Fischer will speak on his new book, “The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook.” This Saturday, August 8, the library is hosting the Superhero Picnic from 12 to 2 pm. Kids are asked to bring their own lunches, and come dressed in a costume of either their design or their favorite superhero. You can design your own superhero, and do some other superhero activities outside. Next Saturday, August 15, they will be making Magnetic Super Putty from 11 am to 3 pm. The next book group meeting will be on Tuesday, August 25, at 4 pm, and the book will be “Life after Life,” by Kate Atkinson. Copies are available at the library.

Joan LeLacheur is having an Open Studio on Saturday, August 8, from 10 am to 5 pm at 42 Old South Road. Come visit and see her latest designs in wampum jewelry, and perhaps make a custom piece. Call Joanie at 508-645-9954 for more information.

Islanders Write returns. Catch it on Monday at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury; the first panel begins at 8 am and the last one at 4 pm. The day features workshops, panel discussions about writing, author signings, and much more. It’s free and open to the public, and features an outstanding cast of Vineyard year-round and seasonal residents and visitors. For more information, visit Islanders

Nicole Corbo of Aloha Paddle MV now has kids’ paddle boards available for rent. She also teaches adults and kids how to paddleboard. You can contact her at She is a great teacher. You can meet her at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival’s Surf Night in Owen Park tonight. There will be a community paddleboard at 6 pm, and surf films at 8 pm.

I know it’s August, I have seen all the signs: the egregious driving habits, the huge cars, the lines, the tempers flaring. Let’s all move one step back and take a deep breath. Exhale. Repeat as often as necessary.