Aquinnah: ghosts, ninjas, and fairies


It’s going to be a spooky time this weekend. The Wampanoag Tribe will be hosting a Halloween Party on Friday night (All Hallow’s Eve) from 6 to 9 pm. If you would like to be on the list for trick-or-treating in Aquinnah, please let me know. Alex Taylor usually organizes the trick-or-treating, and she piles all the kids in her minivan and takes them around, but this year she will be in New York City because she is running the marathon on Sunday. Go Alex! Make Aquinnah proud. Mimi Trimmer will also be running. Godspeed, ladies. The Yard is hosting a dance party on Halloween night starting at 7 pm; tickets are $10. Each. Since Halloween is on Saturday, I think the whole weekend will be filled with ghosts, ninjas, and fairies. I’d be careful out there on the lonely roads of Aquinnah; you never know what you might find.

Just in time for Halloween, Chilmark Chocolates reopens Thursday at 11:30 am!

At the library there is a craft for grownups this evening. You can stop by at 5 pm and make DIY body products. Remember there is a Halloween party at the library from noon to 2 pm on Saturday.

Sassafras has a new session for kids starting this Saturday. The theme will be fire making and primitive food. It’s every Saturday all day until the beginning of December. You can go online to or call Saskia Vanderhoop at 508-645-2008 for all the information.

The stores at the Cliffs are still open, and it’s not too early to start your Christmas shopping now, while you still have August cash in hand.

Aquinnah resident Phil Weinstein’s lecture series on “The Brothers Karamazov” will start on Nov. 4. The lectures are held at the Katharine Cornell Theater in Vineyard Haven; they are held in conjunction with the Vineyard Haven library. Go to for all the details.

There is not a lot happening up-Island right now, but there are some interesting things happening on other parts of the Island that you might enjoy, so I mention them here. The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse is offering a new afterschool program called Theater Kidz beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 27th. This pilot program is a fun, immersive four-week introduction to different aspects of theater, including the basics of acting, design, production and playwriting. The program is open to all Island children, with or without previous theater experience. The course instructors are Playhouse artistic director MJ Bruder Munafo and actor and director Chelsea McCarthy, with other guest instructors. These ladies are both great teachers. If you child is interested, I would contact them now at 508-696-6300, ext. 113, or email with “Theater Kidz” in the subject line and see if there is still space. Grades one to four meet on Tuesdays, and grades five to eight meet on Thursdays.

Community Services has some great programming happening this fall. Tonight there is a free support group for adults who have a loved one with a substance-abuse problem. It meets tonight from 5:30 to 7 pm at Island Counseling Center, MVCS Campus. This group meets every Thursday. For more information, contact Jaime Schwab at 508-693-7900, ext. 375. This Saturday at the Family Center (35 Greenwood Avenue, Vineyard Haven), you can bring in your new baby for Infant Massage with Fae Kontje-Gibbs from 10 to 11:30 am. Preregistration is required; call 508-693-7900, ext. 283.

Join your Island friends for a Pre-Thanksgiving Community Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 7th, at First Baptist Church Parish House in Vineyard Haven. The First Baptist is the sister church of the Gay Head Baptist Church. Everyone is welcome to come to the dinner. Tickets are $17 per person, and you can order by calling 508-693-1539 in advance for either the 5 pm or the 6:30 pm seating.

Happy birthday to Buddy Vanderhoop, who celebrates today. A happy birthday also goes out to Arlen Roth, who celebrates on Friday.