Aquinnah: Cliffs coming to life

My son and I had a great time helping the tribe’s Natural Resources Department plant seagrass on Lobsterville Beach this past Sunday. There were many volunteers, including some Girl Scouts, our town clerk, Gabbi Camilleri and her daughter, Ava, Police Sergeant Paul Manning, and many others. The tribe supplied tools and food courtesy of the Food Truck, and the work went quickly and the rain held off until the end. I spent time planting with Paul, and he told me about his family’s recent trip to Italy and Croatia. While in Croatia they visited many people who have worked for them at Cliffhangers. Once Paul and I finished our section, I worked with Morgan Lake, who is busy planning her youngest daughter’s wedding, which will take place in June here on Martha’s Vineyard. Braden, Morgan’s daughter, is marrying a man from England, so there will be many people traveling from overseas. It sounds like it’s going to be a beautiful affair.

There is a special town meeting on Tuesday, May 7, at 7 pm to vote on the plans to refurbish the athletic fields at the high school. Please come and vote; this is an important issue that will affect our children for years to come.

The library has some great programming coming up. There is a new addition to its regular schedule, a “Kid’s Singing Group” that meets on Tuesdays from 5 to 5:30 pm. Donald Nitchie and Carole Vandal will lead a “Poetry Workshop” on Saturday, May 11, from 2 to 3 pm. The MV Mini Maker Faire (organized collaboratively with all the Island libraries) will be held at the Ag Hall on Saturday, May 11, from 10 to 4 pm. The next book for the book group will be “In Another Time” by Jillian Cantor. The group will meet on Thursday, May 23, from 3 to 4 pm.

The Howes House Writers will reconvene every Tuesday beginning on May 7, from 11:15 am to 1:15 pm. All levels welcome. Feel free to bring writing of any genre, and a snack to share. For more information, call 508-693-2896.

The Aquinnah Shop will be reopening on Thursday, May 9 — see everyone there opening weekend (which happens to include Mother’s Day)? On the Cliffs will be opening this week, weather depending. Chilmark Tavern reopens on May 17, and the Outermost Inn will open the following week.

The U.S. Coast Guard Station in Menemsha, along with members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Spouses Association, and Air Station Cape Cod, will host its first annual open house on May 18 to kick off the start of National Safe Boating Week and to honor Armed Forces Day. The open house will run from 10 am to 1 pm, and will include tours of the station, its boats, and facilities. A helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod will be landing from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm for an up-close look at one of our most capable assets. This is a family-friendly event that welcomes all residents of Martha’s Vineyard. Parking for the event will be in the Home Port Restaurant parking lot, and streetside where legally available. This is a rain or shine event.

Angie Waldron got a lovely sendoff at the Ag Hall on Friday. So many friends from different areas of her life came. There were so many pictures and wonderful stories. Theresa Manning did an amazing job doing the food, along with her crew.

Someone told me today that there are mackerel off the coast of the Cliffs right now, fisherman have been out there regularly.

Happy birthday to Jim Wallen, whose birthday is May 2, and to Alexandra Taylor, who celebrates on the 6th. If those two had a party to celebrate their birthdays together, that would be a great party. Just sayin’.