I got a startling message this week: Elise LeBovit will not be holding the annual Easter Egg hunt at the Duck Inn. She did not come out and say she would never do it again, but it didn’t sound like it was going to happen again anytime soon. To me this event signaled the start of the spring in Aquinnah. I loved getting together with all my neighbors — some from Aquinnah, some Island-wide, to hear about what everyone had done over the winter, and watching all the kids eagerly run around amassing as many eggs and prizes as they could find. The hunt would get very focused at the end once only the gold and silver eggs were still hidden. These eggs brought special prizes. So many children in town and around the Island have grown up searching for eggs on that property, first with their parents helping them, then with their friends, then they would graduate to hiding the eggs once they felt they were too old to search but young enough to participate. Thank you, Elise, for hosting Easter for the entire town these past 30 years. It has truly been a blessing to all of us.
There are many fundraisers happening this week, and all for good causes. First up, the Aquinnah Cultural Council is hosting a “Fun Raiser” celebrating the Wampanoag New Year, this Friday, April 5, at the Old Town Hall. It will start at 5:30 pm and will include traditional food, drumming, dancing, arts, and a raffle. There is a suggested donation of $20 at the door. Everyone is welcome; the ACC has done this for a few years now, and it gets better every year. Also, on Friday, there is a potluck fundraiser for Flat Point Farm happening at the Ag Hall from 5:30 to 10 pm. There will be live music, tickets are $25, and kids get in for free. Last, on Wednesday, April 10, at 6 pm, Island Grown Initiative is hosting a plant-based fundraising dinner in the MVRHS Culinary Arts dining room. You can get tickets at igimv.org. All proceeds support the Culinary Arts Department and the high school garden.
The Aquinnah Public Library is hosting a poetry workshop this Saturday from 2 to 3:30 pm. Facilitators Donald Nitchie and Carole Vandal will guide participants through reading and processing poems, and then working on writing their own poetry. Regularly scheduled activities are happening as well. Story Time will be on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. The drawing group will meet on Thursday at 2:30 pm. Kids’ Craft will be from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, this week come in and make a straw bracelet. The afterschool club meets on Tuesday at 4 pm.
At Pathways this week: Friday April 5, “An Evening of Jazz” with the Convertibles: Rich Giaimo, Becky Williams, Jessie Leaman, Mike Alberice, and special guest Bella. On Tuesday, April 9, the “Tuesday Night Writing Series” continues with an open read; if you have a piece of writing you want to share, come on in. Signup starts at 6:30 pm, and the readings start at 7 pm. On Sunday from 2 to 3 pm, Pathways will host “The Climate Café,” sponsored by Felix Neck, the Trustees of Reservations, and the joint school Protect Your Environment clubs. Students from the M.V. Charter School will be focusing the discussion with their questions about the oceans and climate impacts. Everyone is welcome to join this conversation. Pathways now has a free shuttle by Stagecoach Taxi on event nights. It meets on the Edgartown side of the high school at 6:15 pm.
Happy birthday to Amira Madison — you may be in Boston, but I know your heart is in Aquinnah.