Aquinnah: Thank you, June Manning


Have you ever noticed that June Manning is everywhere? If ever I go to an event that needs volunteers, June is probably one of them. In the summertime, you can find her at the Chilmark Town Hall selling beach passes, and at Cliffhangers helping her son, Paul, at the counter. During the winter months, you can catch her at any event for M.V. Community Services (one of the many boards she serves on), or things like the Serving Hands food distribution. She gives so much of her time to worthy causes, I’m not sure when she actually relaxes. She knows everyone, and while I do think she gets a lot of material for her column at these events, she does it because that’s what you do when you are part of a community. Thanks, June, for being a great example of service and for all you do.

The Aquinnah Climate Resilience Listening Session will be held this Thursday, Jan. 16, at 5 pm at the Aquinnah Town Hall. Learn about climate challenges to our town and ideas generated by townspeople for priority adaptation action steps. This listening session is part of the state Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program. Once the group determines Aquinnah’s climate adaptation priorities, the town will be eligible to receive state funds to implement these actions. For more information about the town’s MVP process, contact

The library is hosting “Pizza and a Movie” on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 5 pm, so if you wanted to go to the listening session at the Town Hall but aren’t sure what to do with the kids, drop them off at the library for the movie. Now don’t take advantage; you can’t leave a toddler or a newborn there, but older kids are acceptable. Need help with your computer or smartphone? Tech help is offered free of charge by calling the library at 508-645-2314 and scheduling a time. Storytime happens on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. Kids’ crafts are offered every Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm. Plus the library has passes to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts throughout the year. These passes reduce the admission charge from $25 to $10 for adults.

At Pathways this week: Collage with Meaning workshop from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, Jan. 18. The workshop is led by Billie Sullivan; some materials will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own as well. Later Saturday evening, Pathways will host a music night with Nate D’Angelo, Kat Soni, and the group BoB. The performances will begin at 7 pm. Tuesday, Jan. 21 is “Writing and Poetry Night,” with two guest readers: Paul Levine, who will read a chapter from his book, “Death of Darius,” and Ilmarinen Vogel, who will read from his new book, “Reinventing Life.” Apparently, it will be a matter of life and death on Tuesday night. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the readings will begin at 7 pm.
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum will host the exhibit opening of “But … Such Is War” from 4 to 6 pm in the Adele H. Waggaman Community Gallery. This will be an exhibit of Steven Maxner’s sculptures made with found sea materials that represent different memories and experiences of the time he served in Vietnam during the war. 

ACE MV has many classes starting in January, including “Electrical Machinery” and “College Algebra” (just what I want to spend the winter doing), which are part of their Offshore Wind Technician Certificate Program. “Accounting and Bookkeeping Basics” will run on Thursdays from Jan. 30 to March 5, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Go to for the details on all their classes.

Happy birthday to Tipaphai Nirandone, who celebrates on Monday! I hope you have a good day snuggling with your new baby. Our hearts go out to Spa Tharpe, who just lost his brother last week. Spa spent some time with his other siblings and his brother’s family in Texas last week. So sorry for your loss, Spa. Sibling loss is a special kind of hurt.