Aquinnah: Busy as ever


Why is it that it’s November and I’m still really busy? Nothing seems like it’s slowing down at all. I mean aside from the fact that you can’t go out to dinner up-Island, there is still lots to do. Or it feels like there is a lot to do, as in a long to-do list. Maybe that’s it; I always wait for the off-season, thinking I will get all this free time and get so many things done, but then I don’t because I’m busier than I thought I would be. Plus, the holidays are coming, as in next week is Thanksgiving. Now, I have even more to do.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) will hold a public forum to review opportunities and constraints of existing facilities of the athletic campus at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. If you have an opinion about grass fields versus artificial turf, this is the meeting for you. The forum is today, Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 pm in the MVRHS Performing Arts Center (PAC). For information, contact Ruda Stone at 508-693-2007, ext. 15.

The stores Stony Creek Gifts and On the Cliffs are still open! Go up there and get your holiday shopping done. They will be open this weekend and next weekend.

There will be an Aquinnah Artisans Holiday Sale on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Aquinnah Town Hall from 10 am to 4 pm. If you are an artisan and interested in having a table at the sale, contact Gabriela Camilleri at or 508-693-5969. It’s $30 per table.

At the library this week: Book Group meets tonight, Thursday, to discuss Tom Hanks’ “Uncommon Type” at 4 pm. Story Time is on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. This Saturday at 11 am, “The Dream Wagon” will visit. Please come and share your ideas about a mobile maker space. The Afterschool Club meets on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm.

This week at Pathways they will show the documentary “The Memory of Fish,” about saving the salmon in the Olympic Peninsula, on Friday at 7 pm. Every Tuesday is “Writing and Poetry Tuesdays”; this is a chance for writers to share their work. Sign-up is at 6:30 pm, and the program starts at 7 pm. Pathways is open at the Chilmark Tavern space at 9 State Road. All of their events are free, and refreshments are served. Go to for more information.

Christina Montoya is teaching two dance classes at the Oak Bluffs library. The first one is this Saturday, Nov. 17, and the second will be the following Saturday, Nov. 24. The classes will be from 11 am to 12:30 pm. She is not telling what type of dance she will be teaching, but you will move, sweat, and feel better when you leave than when you arrived. The classes are free, and Christina is amazing.

Chilmark Community Church will be offering an open table meal at 1 pm on Thursday, Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day. The Rev. Charlotte and Don Wright will be cooking. All who need a place to go that day, or who may not have family nearby, are welcome. Donations or a dish to share would be appreciated, but not necessary. The church is located at 9 Menemsha Crossroads in Chilmark. For further information or a ride (the VTA is not running that day), call 508-645-3100.

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is inviting all artisans, candlestick makers, knitters, and bakers to contribute to our Handmade from the Heart fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 8. They are seeking any unique handmade items, including jewelry, knitted items, paintings, pottery, photographs, Christmas ornaments, baked goods, and more. Please call 508-693-0189 if you have items you wish to donate. All proceeds from the sale of the items will go directly to the care of patients and their families. Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is a completely community-supported program.

Congratulations to the Benoits, who moved into their new home, and congratulations to Naushon Vanderhoop and her two children, who moved into the rental that they vacated. I hope everyone is happy in their new abodes. Happy birthday to Susan Kline, whose birthday is today, and to Tiffany Vanderhoop, whose birthday is Nov. 18. Correction from last week’s column: Emerson Mahoney is in his junior year (how does time go by that quickly?). Here is the link to the Go Fund Me page to help Emerson’s mom, Juli Vanderhoop, get back some of the money that was stolen from her: