Aquinnah: Cliffhangers “Music Night”


Do yourself a favor: Go to Cliffhangers on Thursday when they host “Music Night” from 6 to 8 pm. Order delicious food, sit outside with your friends, and listen to the wonderful sounds of “Mrs. Biskis and Friends.” This past week the weather was iffy, so they postponed it to Friday, and my family and I happened upon it. While waiting for our food, we saw Irina and Lang Gerhard (with their two adorable dogs Millie — the face! — and Oscar). We caught up with them, then visited with Nancy and Jimmy Benoit. Malory Butler dropped by our table, and Meg Bodnar was a late addition, having come with her older daughter after putting her younger daughter to bed. It was so delightful, and a great reminder why our town is the best town.

Hey, everyone! There’s a new basketball hoop in town behind the fire station. It was a pure team effort to get it in place. It weighs 250 pounds, so Isaac Taylor arrived with his lift truck and helped to install it along with Frank Perez, Jay Smalley, and others. The basketball hoop was provided by an anonymous donor. Thank you one and all for improving the random space for our kids to play and making it feel less random. There will be a second hoop installed, once its pole is repaired.

This Saturday, July 7, is the Summer Reading Kickoff at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury from 10:30 am to noon. Admission is free. Come and listen to the sounds of Rob Myers and the Pinkletinks, and get psyched about reading.

At our library this week: Story Time is on Thursday, July 5, at 3:30 pm and Saturday, July 7, at 10 am. Come in between 11 am and 3 pm on Saturday and make your own slime.

The Aquinnah Wampanoag Indian Museum, which is operated by the Aquinnah Cultural Center, is a Wampanoag farm house that is more than a century old. Build by a Wampanoag man, it is located on the Aquinnah Circle, near the Gay Head Cliffs. The house is restored to the original time period, and furnished with items belonging to generations of the Vanderhoop family. The museum offers tours anytime during their regular hours. They are open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm. Regular admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors and children 12 and under. For more information, contact the museum at 508-645-7900, or

The Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association (AGHCA) will hold its annual general information meeting this Saturday, July 7, from 10 am to 11:30 am at the Old Town Hall. There will be information about events around town and updates on AGHCA’s activities. Everyone is welcome to attend; please note that this is a well-attended meeting, so carpooling is appreciated. AGHCA will also host a reception on Tuesday, August 7, from 5 to 7 pm. The subject of the reception will be enhancing and improving the Aquinnah Circle. There are some projects that have already been undertaken, and those will be discussed, along with new ideas to improve the area. Refreshments will be served at both events.

Happy birthday to Shannon Sanderson, who celebrates on July 8. I hope everyone had a happy Fourth of July!