Aquinnah at sundown


I try to take at least one pilgrimage a year to the little enclave of shops and eateries at the Aquinnah Cliffs. Admittedly, during the day the visitors are mostly transported by large tourist buses in order to get their view of our magnificent panorama of clay and sea. But near sundown, I spotted a lot of year-rounders and summer residents enjoying the fare. To add some local color, there is a nice pickup band that plays every Thursday to folks eating their dinners on picnic tables overlooking Moshup Beach. The hottest ticket in town was to get seated at the Aquinnah Shop for sunset. Make your reservations early!


  1. I’m sure Mr. Simon only had only been given a certain number of words for his column, but I think credit should have been made to Theresa, Paul and Noah Manning, owners of Cliffhangers, for organizing the Thursday night music series. It started last summer after a conversation between Theresa, and musicians Ellen Biskus and Chris Carrol. It has now become a regular Thursday night “pilgrimage” for a lot of Island folks. I was there, as I have been on many Thursday’s this summer, when Mr. Simon was there and I can assure you the “hottest ticket” wasn’t about getting a seat inside, it was about finding space at a picnic table to enjoy the homemade crabcake sandwich or the best lobster roll on the Island. If you haven’t been up there yet on a Thursday night, it’s worth the trip!

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