Aquinnah: Head to the Cliffs


Happy Indigenous People’s Day, everyone! In honor of the day, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hosted a series of events featuring indigenous people, including the dance piece that was performed with Danza Organica and members of the Wampanoag tribe this summer at the Aquinnah Cultural Center. It was slightly different from what they performed over the summer in that it had lighting and sound effects, and one more dancer in Mike Sellitti. All the additions made for an even more beautiful piece. I’m glad I got to see it in both places.
If anyone is looking for a cuddly kitty, Clovis Smith has six very cute brown tiger-stripe kittens. Call his mother Noni at 508-939-9272 to discuss adoption.
There is so much going on at the library this month. On Saturdays you can stop by for “All Day Coffee” from 10 am to 4 pm, sponsored by the Friends of the Aquinnah Library. Kids’ Craft time is also on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. The next meeting of the book group will be on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm, to discuss Ann Patchett’s “Bel Canto.” Janet Messineo will discuss her book “Casting into the Light: Tales of a Fishing Life” on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 5 pm. The afterschool club meets on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 pm. If you need help with your Halloween costume, the library is hosting a costume clinic on Saturdays throughout October, from noon to 3 pm. On Halloween the library will have a trick-or-treat party from 3 to 6 pm. Come show off your costume and get some treats.
There are still stores open up-Island. The Orange Peel Bakery Café is open at the Cliffs for breakfast and lunch. On the Cliffs is open (and things are 50 percent off), along with Stony Creek Gifts and Hat Mart Cha. In Menemsha, Menemsha Fish Market is open and wonderful for a cup of bisque or a lobster roll.
Join the Martha’s Vineyard CROP Hunger Walk this Sunday, Oct. 20. Registration and check-in begin at 1:15 pm at St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven. The walk begins at 2 pm. This year the walk will honor Island Grown Initiative, in recognition of its mission to build a regenerative, equitable food system on Martha’s Vineyard. There is still time to register to walk and raise money in support of your participation, or to sponsor walkers. For more information, call Woody Bowman at 508-693-7240.
I hope everyone got through the storm all right. It was a good reminder that we all need to be prepared. To that end, next Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 am to 1 pm at the Aquinnah Town Hall, there will be free first aid training, as part of the training program of our town’s Community Emergency Response Team. All are welcome. The class will be very hands-on, practical, and fun. This is the second class of a two-class series to help our townspeople learn how to take care of ourselves, our families, and our neighbors in emergency situations. The class will be led by our town emergency manager, Gary Robinson, and will cover heatstroke, frostbite, hypothermia, geriatric care, infant care, head injuries, Narcan administration, epilepsy, and winter storm preparation. If you are interested in attending, please email
Happy birthday to a couple of amazing ladies, Jenna Petersiel, who celebrates on Tuesday, and sometime Aquinnah resident Diana Lee Parker, who celebrates on Wednesday.