Aquinnah: Happy April Fool’s day


The great Gay Head egg hunt was held this Sunday at the Duck Inn. Thanks as always to Elise LeBovit who along with a troupe of helpers colors and hides about 800 eggs and trinkets throughout the property. Early afternoon on Easter Sunday the inn’s lawn was filled with many small children awaiting the signal to go hunting for Easter booty. Once the start of the hunt was announced, the children spread out across the property filling their baskets and bags. Some children were very young and needed their parents or an older sibling to help them. Others were old hands and went straight to obscure nooks looking for the bronze, silver, and gold eggs. Inside, adults gathered around the long table filled with wonderful home-cooked food including an out-of-this-world lobster bisque made by Rhonda Backus from Alley’s. There were collages of past egg hunts posted and people reminisced about coming to the hunt when they were small. This hunt always feels to me like the whole town of Aquinnah welcoming the start of spring.

At the library today Story Time is at 3:30 pm and the After School Group is at 4 pm. This is actually a very fun time to go to the library. It is bustling with kids reading aloud and being read to and working on their homework. You get to see what the kids in town are working on. On Saturda, April 2, Story Time is at 10:30 am and there will be a kids’ craft from 11 am to 3 pm, making sunflowers out of pasta.

Pathways has an exciting weekend planned. It is their 3rd Annual Wearable Art Ball on Saturday, April 2, 7–9 pm. It is being billed as a “Black Light Paint Costume Party.” Music will be provided by DJ IslandBoy58. Wear white to make a statement in the black light. There is a pre-party, 5–7 pm. Come in to make your Light-inspired costume. Paint masks, or yourself with black light paints & Luminescent Body Paint. You can also bring your own accessories, hats or clothing to construct a costume. On Sunday at Pathways, 3:30–5 pm, there is a healing music session with David Stanwood on the grand piano and Atzic Marquez on the violin. You are encouraged to wear comfy clothes and bring a mat so you can relax easily and let the music soothe you.

Shakespeare for the Masses is back! This weekend we will be performing The Triple Crown which is Richard II, Henry IV part I and Henry IV part II all rolled into one fun-filled hour (hour a half tops). Quick, painless, and, the best part, Free, no charge. Performances will be Saturday night April 2 at 7:30 pm and Sunday April 3 at 12 noon. I will be playing Henry IV and you will recognize many other actors as well.

Saturday night was the Chilmark School PTO fundraiser at the Chilmark Com, from the school, and from the community at large. People came out to eat dessert and dance to tunes provided by Johnny Hoy and his band. And of course to bid on fabulous items like a Hawaiian vacation, a birthday party at John Keene’s “pit” and homemade desserts baked by a third grader. All the money raised from the auctions (both silent and live) go to the Chilmark School PTO outing program which includes the weeklong trip on the Alabama, the 5th grade ski trip and the school bowling trip. The evening is put together completely by dedicated parents of the Chilmark School and items for auction are donated by businesses and individuals across the island. It is truly a community event, and thanks to everyone who participated and helped to make it a huge success.

Happy birthday to Amira Madison who celebrates on April 4. The Madison family has had a lot of loss lately with the passing of Amira’s mother a few weeks ago and her brother Hakeem’s death mere months ago, so give Amira an extra big hug when you see her.

Happy April Fool’s day everyone and as my dad would say, “Don’t take any wooden nickels!”