Aquinnah: Damped spirits


Mother Nature, please tell us that this is the last of the wet, cold, and windy weather that has been plaguing us all month. We are all soaked, and our houses are damp and so are our spirits. We are ready for warm sunshine and a chance to dry out a bit. Thank you.

The Aquinnah Shop is open, and has been for a couple of weeks. They did a brisk business for Mother’s Day, and with the weather getting better they will be busier and busier every week. They are open Tuesday to Friday, 11 am to 4 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 am to 4 pm. The other shops are also open. Juli Vanderhoop will be taking over the Faith’s Seafood Shack space; no word on an opening date yet. Dona and Gordon Perry will not be running Dreamcatcher; it was time for them to retire. They want to thank everyone for their support and loyalty over the years. I’ve had no official word yet of what is going into that space, but I heard that there will be something there. It’s wonderful to see the Cliffs come to life this time of year.

At the Aquinnah library this week, today there will be Story Time at 3:30 pm and the After-School Club will meet at 4 pm. On Saturday, Story Time will be at 10:30 am, and Lisa Vanderhoop will be teaching a session on how to photograph your dog from noon to 2 pm. Bring your dog and your camera. I do not own a dog, but I might go just to see all the cute dogs that show up.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society will hold a Bach and Beethoven concert at the West Tisbury Congregational Church this Sunday at 4 pm, featuring many talented Island musicians. There is a suggested donation of $15 per person that will benefit the church and its music programs.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) has many upcoming helpful-sounding programs, including “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren,” this Saturday, May 14, from 10 to 11:30 am at the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center in Vineyard Haven. Preregistration for this group required. Please call 508-687-9182. “Helping Children Cope: Putting Humpty Back Together Again” will take place on Tuesday, May 17, from 6:30 to 8 pm at Island Wide Youth Collaborative. Register at And last, “Screen Time: The Good, the Bad & the Unsafe,” will be next Wednesday, May 18, from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Family Center in Vineyard Haven. Preregistration is required; call 508 687-9182.

Electronics Disposal Day is on May 21 at the MVCS campus in Oak Bluffs from 9 am to 2 pm. Time to clean out the basement and closets.

The Chilmark Tavern will be opening on Thursday, May 19 (I had originally said the 17th, but it is the 19th). Call 508-645-9400 for a reservation. The Outermost Inn will be opening the following night, Friday, May 20. They have a new chef, Chris Gianfreda, and will be open Friday to Sunday for the first couple of weeks. Call 508-645-3511 for a reservation.

It was so wonderful to see the story of our lighthouse being moved on PBS last week. WGBH in Boston brought Joan LeLacheur, Richard Skidmore, Len Butler, and Jerry Mateko (the boss of the crew who moved the lighthouse) to the WGBH studios for a screening of the program in their screening room last week. After the screening they were taken out to dinner and got to spend the night at a hotel in Boston. Richard said it was a great experience. Speaking of the lighthouse, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is looking for lighthouse visitor guides for the summer. You can go to the jobs page of for information.

Thank you to the Yard: They are hosting a Dance Hall event (public dancing allowed) on May 27. It will be a dance-party tribute to Prince and David Bowie. We so need this; what a great way to mourn the loss of two amazing artists and to start off the season. The event will be held at the Yard at 7 pm; tickets available through

Happy Birthday to Aquinnah Witham, who celebrates on Tuesday. Thank you to Jeanette Vanderhoop, who held a free yoga class on Mother’s Day at the Town Hall. It was small but focused, and a great way to start off Mother’s Day. Jeanette will be teaching yoga in Aquinnah over the summer, but she does not have dates and times yet.