Aquinnah: Cultural Center “fun raiser”

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The Aquinnah Cultural Center hosted a wonderful “fun raiser” at the Town Hall last Friday. Christina Hook cooked up an amazing supper of venison stew, baked fish, turkey and posole soup, quahog chowder, cornbread, and cranberry sauce. The Black Brook Singers were there, and led the entire gathering around the hall in a traditional dance. There were also special guests in attendance. Members of the Lakota tribe who live on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota happened to be visiting Martha’s Vineyard. Some were from a nonprofit called Thunder Valley, which is working on many issues including housing, food sovereignty, language reclamation and immersion. Others were from an employee-owned construction business that builds sustainable housing on the reservation. Through another nonprofit, they had been connected to South Mountain here on M.V. South Mountain invited them to visit and get a sense of what they do, and their visit happened to coincide with the ACC gathering. It was great to hear how the people of the Pine Ridge reservation are collaboratively addressing their community’s needs. It was also touching to see Berta Welch and Woody Vanderhoop present them with gifts of wampum, tobacco, and beach plum jam.

The library will hold its regularly scheduled programming this week. Story Time will be on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. Kids’ craft will be on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, and the Afterschool club will meet on Tuesday at 4 pm.

At Pathways this week the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council will host a reception on Thursday, April 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to celebrate the 2019 Grant Recipients on Martha’s Vineyard. If you are unaware of the MVCC, it is a wonderful state-funded organization that grants money to local cultural projects that enhance and contribute to our community. I highly recommend coming to this event, seeing what the MVCC funds, and learning about the process of applying for a grant if you have an eligible project. The last session of Pathways “Ocean Film Series” will screen on Friday night at 6:30 pm. Come see “Ocean Film Shorts 2,” with music by David Stanwood and Dan Waters. On Saturday, from 11 am to 1 pm, there will be an “Indigo Dipping Day.” You can bring an item to dip in the indigo blue vat, or buy one from Pathways. Tuesday, April 16, will be the final “Writing and Poetry Event” of the 2018–19 season. Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate a wonderful season of authors and readers. The evening starts at 7 pm. All events at Pathways are free, and refreshments will be served.

The following is the Easter calendar for the West Tisbury Congregational Church: Palm Sunday service will be on April 14 at 10 am, Tenebrae Service with Communion will be on April 18 at 7:30 pm, and Easter Traditional Service at the church will be on April 21 at 9 am. Easter Community Service will be held at the Ag Hall, with Sunday School, followed by the Egg Hunt on April 21, at 11 am.

The 27th annual Earth Day Beach Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 20, from 10 am to noon. In Aquinnah you can help clean up Lobsterville, Philbin, and the tribal beaches. Vineyard Conservation Society is hosting the cleanup around the island, and from noon to 2 pm there will be lunch served for all the volunteers at the Oak Bluffs Sailing Camp.

Good news! Last week I reported that Elise LeBovit was not hosting the annual egg hunt at the Duck Inn, but I wasn’t sure if she was done for good or taking a breather. She replied to me that due to family commitments she cannot do it this year, but hopes to be back up and running next year.

Happy birthday to two musically talented Aquinnah ladies, Lexie Roth, who celebrates on Sunday, and Carole Vandal, who celebrates on Tuesday.