Aquinnah: A quick march toward summer


While the weather indicates otherwise, we continue the quick march toward the summer season. The Outermost Inn will open this Friday, May 18, as will the Chilmark Store and the Chilmark Tavern. Cliffhangers will be opening this weekend. The Aquinnah Shop opened last weekend in time for Mother’s Day. While I was there, I saw many generations of townspeople out celebrating their moms, including Mike Selletti, who took out his mother and his grandmother; Gary Haley with his niece and nephew, celebrating new mom Noel Metros. Baby Albert gave his mom a great gift; he slept through breakfast. Barbara Bassett and Wendy Swolinzky were dining together, and Wendy informed me that her daughter, Whitney, just got engaged. Wendy is very happy for them.

We had a very close selectperson election last week. Jim Newman was re-elected, but not by much. Elise LeBovit ran an impressive campaign, and garnered a lot of support. She sent me a note after the election expressing her gratitude for all who helped her, including most important, the voters, but also the kids who came to encourage her, Lewis and Erick Vanderhoop, Emmett and Tillie Taylor and Maysie Vanderhoop (who also helped with the signmaking). Elise’s friends, Macey and Shannon Saunderson, helped a lot as well.

At the Aquinnah library this week: Story Time is on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. The Sign Language Workshop with Lynn Thorp will continue this Thursday at 4 pm; the workshop is free, and registration is encouraged. The Book Group will meet this Saturday at 2:30 pm to discuss Chris Bohjialian’s “The Sandcastle Girls,” and kids can come in from 11 am to 3 pm for craft time. The Afterschool Club will meet on Tuesday at 4 pm.

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 Donohue at 508-627-7958.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will hold its biannual spring Electronics Disposal Day on Saturday, June 2 (rescheduled from May 19). Clean out your basements and your closets, and bring your old air conditioners, cell phones, computers, copiers, dehumidifiers, fax machines, microwaves, monitors, laptops, printers, refrigerators, scanners, stereo equipment, televisions, washers and dryers, scrap metal, and more. Fees are between $5 and $40 per item. A 10 percent discount is given for full carloads. More information, including a price list, can be found at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services campus is located across from the MVRHS at 111 Edgartown Rd. in Oak Bluffs.

Margaret Hannemann from the Island Food Pantry will be the guest speaker on Sunday, May 20, at 11:30 am, following the morning service at the Federated Church Meetinghouse, 45 South Summer St. in Edgartown. Everyone is welcome to come to get information about food distribution services on the island. Questions are welcome, and refreshments will be served. Please bring a favorite food item that can be donated to the Food Pantry. For more information call 508-627-4421, or email

Happy birthday to Aquinnah! Not the town, but the human, Aquinnah Witham, who was born on May 17. Happy birthday as well to Mimi Trimmer, who celebrates on the 20th, and who in honor of her own birthday will probably go for a 10-mile run.