Aquinnah: Winners were women


The Gay Head 10K was this past Sunday and it was a beautiful day for a run, bright and sunny but not overly hot or windy. For the first time in the five years of the race, the top three winners were women. Molly Seidel, of Watertown, Ma. came in first with a time of 35:01.85. Helen   Schlachtenhaufen also of Watertown was second at 37:14 minutes and, Paige Kouba of Cambridge, Mass. was third at 38:22.93 minutes. Well done ladies, well done. There were many regular Aquinnah runners in the race: Alexandra Taylor finished second in her age group. Michael Sellitti finished sixth in his age group and my neighbor, Walter Ricciardi was fifth in his. Keith and Leeny Oberg, Sam Hart, Spencer Booker, Sophia and Berta Welch all ran as well. Belinda Booker, who usually runs, did not this year; but she was on hand in her new role as a paramedic. Belinda officially became a paramedic at the beginning of September and she seems like she is doing a fine job. Congratulations to all the runners and to Belinda who is very excited about her new role.        

I am excited about the On the Cliffs sale that is happening on Friday from 4 to 6 pm. The entire store will be 50 percent  off and refreshments will be served. I’ve already cased the store and they have great items this year so definitely stop in.

The Aquinnah Shop has closed for the season but Cliffhangers and Orange Peel Bakery Café are both still open.

At the library this week: Story Time will be on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. The After-School Club will be on Thursday at 4 pm. Later this month the library will again offer the Acrylic Landscape Painting Workshop on October 19 at 5 pm.

There will be a Dance Party at Lola’s with the Boogies (1970’s dance music) on Friday, October 5, at 7 pm to benefit the MVRHS Minnesingers. There will be food, a silent auction, and a cash bar. Tickets are $50. And you can get them at:

On Friday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 7 pm, there will be a reception at the “Spotlight Gallery” in Edgartown. This exhibit is sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and features the work of AIRE MV and their paintings of the old Marine Hospital. This exhibit will feature seven AIRE MV artists including, Kanta Lipsky, and Kate Taylor who painted at the Marine Hospital over the course of this past summer. The pieces will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Museum’s ongoing capital campaign project. AIRE MV paintings will be displayed in the Museum “Spotlight Gallery” until October 20. Admittance is free and open to all.

Joan LeLacheur is having an Open Studio on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 11 am to 5 pm at her studio at 42 Old South Road in Aquinnah.  Joanie will have her wonderful wampum jewelry and charms available. If you can’t make it on Saturday you can contact Joanie for an appointment at or 508-939-1691.

The sister church of the Gay Head Baptist Church, The First Baptist Church, at the corner of Spring St. and William St. In Vineyard Haven is having an Oktoberfest this Saturday, from noon to 3 pm. For more information call 508-693-1539, but I can tell you that there will be an Oompa Band and you don’t see that every day on Martha’s Vineyard.

The annual all Island flu clinic will be held on Saturday Oct. 14, in the MVRHS cafeteria from 10 am to 1 pm.

Aquinnah resident, Philip Weinstein, professor emeritus of Literature at Swarthmore College will teach a class on classic short stories. The class is part of the “Islanders Read the Classics” series and is sponsored by the Vineyard Haven Library. The first class was held this past Wednesday where Herman Melville’s short stories were discussed. The next one will be on Oct. 18, focusing on Leo Tolstoy’s “The Death of Ivan Ilyich,” “The Kreutzer Sonata,” and “Master and Man” (Pevear/ Volokhonsky translation). Continuing in the Russian theme the following two classes after that will focus on Anton Chekhov who is considered one of the greatest short story writers that ever lived. The classes are free and open to the public. You can register at, or call 508-696-4211 X1.

Attention MVRHS class of 1967! Your 50th class reunion will be on October 21, at the Wharf Pub in Edgartown. There will be a cash bar and yummy food. Tickets are $55. There will be a DJ playing all your favorite songs from the 60’s. If you are interested, please call Dennis daRosa at 508-524-2065, or Debbie Magnuson, 508-693-0081. They would like a head count by October 10.  

Congratulations to one of the most iconic couples in Aquinnah, Lisa and Buddy Vanderhoop who celebrated 22 years of marriage last week. Here’s to another 22!