Aquinnah: All the moms


I know May just started, but it feels kind of like a runaway train already. Today is the 10th, which means in a week many places will be open, the Chilmark Store (May 17), the Outermost Inn and the Chilmark Tavern (May 18). Memorial Day is just 18 days away. I’m not sure I’m ready. Are you ready for summer? I never feel like I am. I spend the end of the winter complaining about the weather and how I wish summer were here, and then when it’s almost here, I completely panic because I don’t have any sunblock, I’m not ready to put in summer working hours, and my closet is filled with sweaters. Really, it’s the “not ready to put in summer working hours” that gets me every time. I know that resistance is futile, but still I resist, and think, “This summer will be different, I won’t work all the time, I’ll have some fun.” And then it’s Labor Day, and I’m dirty and tired and a little richer, and yeah, I managed to have some fun.

The Aquinnah library will be celebrating Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 12, from 11 am to 3 pm. They’ll be making fragrant, fizzy bath bombs. All materials will be provided, and all ages are welcome. The Book Group will meet on Saturday, May 19, at 2:30 pm. There will be a lively discussion of “The Sandcastle Girls” by Chris Bohjalian.

The amazing Bonnie Menton is teaching a yoga class at the Old Town Hall in Aquinnah at 8:30 am every Saturday. You can just roll out of bed and get your yoga on. Classes are $15 each.

Joan LeLacheur is having an Open Studio, with Mother’s Day in mind, on Saturday, May 12, from 11 am to 5 pm, at 42 Old South Rd. in Aquinnah. There will be wampum necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and mosaic tiles in new and traditional designs, along with art cards by Susan Shea. If you can’t make the open studio, you can call Joanie to schedule an appointment at 508-645-9954 or email her at

All are invited to the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group’s annual fundraising gala, An Evening Under the Stars, at Farm Neck on Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The evening features a buffet dinner, silent auction, music by Mike Benjamin, and a cash bar. All proceeds from the event will support the group’s mission of helping island cancer patients and their families with medical expenses and other treatment-related expenses. For further information and to purchase tickets, please call AnnMarie Donahue at 508-627-7958.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, stepmoms, foster moms, and grandmas of Aquinnah! Everybody else: Pay homage to these awesome women if you see them on Sunday.

Theresa M., Alex, June, Jeanie, Noli, Amera, Ona, Adrianna, Berta, Carla, Joanie, Roxanne, Anne, Noni, Nonie, Juli, Faith, Tiffany, Emily, Jamie, Nancy B., Nancy L., Robin, Heidi, Naushon, Mallory, Jeffie, Mimi, Elissa, Anja, Lane, Jo-Ann, Wendy, Kathy N., Eva, Sarah, Irina, Diotima, Betty, Jessie, Teresa F., Christy, Belinda, Barbie, Virginia, Kate, Aretha, Jean, Carolyn, Missy, Natalie, Penny W., Carole, Megan, Meg B., Meg H., Susie, Tanisha, Kelly, Isolette, Heather, Audrey, Nefititi, Melissa, Nerissa, Rachel, Melanie, Kathleen, Grace, Sabel, Lisa S., and Noel, and in loving memory of Amanda, Penny, Jean, and Nancy C. My apologies to anyone I’ve overlooked.