Aquinnah: Fool's Bash


This Saturday is, of course, April Fool’s Day, so watch out! That good (or bad) news you got could be a hoax. If you make it through the day without getting completely frustrated by tricks and jokes, come to “The Fool’s Bash” to benefit the Chilmark School. This is the school’s annual fundraiser for the outing program. It will be held at the Chilmark Community Center from 7 to 11 pm. There will be music and dancing with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, comedian Rafi Gonzalez, plus a photo booth, beverages, and desserts. As always, there will be a live auction and a silent auction, with great items to be had. Tickets are $20 in advance and at the door.

Vineyard Smiles is coming to Aquinnah on Friday, April 7. In collaboration with the Aquinnah Board of Health, free dental cleanings are available to adults who do not have a regular dentist. Registration forms are at the Town Hall, or contact Vineyard Smiles at 508-696-0020, ext. 107, or

At the library this week, Story Time is on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. On Thursday, March 30, there is an Indian Food Demonstration with Juli Vanderhoop. Please sign up at the library. If you can’t make it in, please call the library at 508-645-2314, and they will be happy to add your name to the list. The demonstration starts at 5:30 pm. You can make a paper hot air balloon on Saturday, during Kid’s Craft from 11 am to 3 pm. The Afterschool Club meets on Tuesday at 4 pm. There will be a Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15, at 11 am.

Pathways has many events this coming week. It starts tomorrow, Friday, March 31, with “We Dance!” This will be their final dance event of the season, with performances by Sally Cohn and Bill White, Tessa Permar, Caitlin Cook and Company, and Jesse Keller. Performances will be followed by dancing for all, with DJ Wayne Elliott.  The event starts at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm. On Saturday April 1, there will be a “Sound Healing Workshop.” Come for a sound meditation session from 4 to 5 pm, complete with healing vibrations of the piano, crystal bowls, monochords, chimes, and other vibrational Instruments. The workshop will be led by David Stanwood and Valerie Sonnenthal. You are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring water, yoga mat, blanket, pillows, eye mask or pillow, and/or a portable reclining chair.  On Sunday, April 2, there will be a Jazz Trio at 3 pm and a “3 Piano Jam” at 6:30 pm. The Tim Ray Jazz Trio will perform from 3 to 4:30 pm, featuring Tim Ray, Eric Johnson, and Taurus Biskus. The “3 Piano Jam” will be from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, and will feature many talented musicians. If you like piano music, Sunday is obviously your day.

Spring is here? I’m not so sure, but I do know that the event of the spring is coming up. The Duck Inn egg hunt will be on April 16 at 1 pm. This year the egg hunt is being supported by the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council. The theme is the wonder of trees, and all are invited to come to the Duck Inn and paint eggs on April 8 and 9, from 1 pm to 5 pm. The hunt will take place the following week at 1 pm; meet in the Barn and bring your tree stories. Elise LeBovit, who hosts this wonderful event, welcomes help, so give a call at 508-645-9018.

I will be performing in the final Shakespeare for the Masses of the season. We will perform “Romeo and Juliet” at the Vineyard Playhouse this Saturday, April 1, at 7 pm, and Sunday, April 2, at 1 pm.

A Forgiveness Workshop will be conducted by the Rev. Susan Waldrop, interfaith minister and counselor, on Saturday, April 1, from 1 to 4 pm, at the Federated Church parish house. To RSVP, or for more information, call Susan Waldrop at 973-879-9813, or email her at

Happy birthday to Heidi Vanderhoop, who celebrates today. Happy birthday to Amira Madison, who celebrates on April 4. Amira has departed Aquinnah for the sunny shores of California, but she’s still an Aquinnah lady through and through.