Aquinnah: Treasure Boxes exhibit

— Kyra Steck

Well, hopefully we had a safe and peaceful Inauguration yesterday. At the time of writing, it seemed like the intelligence community, police departments, and National Guard were taking threats seriously and ensuring the security of the event. I hope it worked. I hope also that the new administration gets financial and medical help to every American who needs it right now. It’s been heartening to see people on the Island receive the vaccine and see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. I know we still have a long way to go — doctors and public health officials are saying that February and March could be brutal in terms of infection rates — but it does feel like we’ve turned a corner. Let’s just keep walking in that new direction and not go backwards.

Jannette Vanderhoop has an exhibit at the M.V. Museum. Jannette’s “Treasure Boxes” is up at the Waggaman Community Gallery right now through March 4. This body of work was created over the course of 10 years. Jannette has paired the boxes with her original poems to explore different themes: an adventure, personal oblivion, and global and spiritual connectivity. I have seen some of Jannette’s treasure boxes before and they are mysterious and compelling. Looking at art can be a great solitary activity in the time of COVID.

The library is hosting a virtual book group today, Jan. 21, at 3 pm to discuss “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.” They are also hosting a beginning knitting class on Tuesday (virtual as well) at 5 pm. Email to register for either of these events. Along with contactless pick up on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm, the library is also offering take-home crafts. If you are feeling the need to create, stop by the library and see what they have.

Island Grown Initiative’s mobile market will be up and running for another five weeks. Perhaps you’ve seen the truck driving around the Island? It’s the white box truck painted with fruits and veggies. They sell wholesale priced eggs, produce, frozen soups and bone broth. The market is in Aquinnah on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm at the Tribe. You must pre-order online, go to Thank you IGI for this wonderful service for our community.

Nancy Aronie is hosting online Chilmark Writing Workshops, there is one that starts this week. If you have ever wanted to write, Nancy’s workshop is wonderful. It is a warm and nurturing space with people who may be just as scared as you. Email Nancy at for more information and to get on her mailing list.

Welcome to Sean McMahon, who is the new-ish pastor at the Gay Head Community Baptist Church. People may know him from his band at the Ritz but now he’s preaching in Aquinnah. Services are at 10 am on Sunday. Happy Birthday to Steve Broderick who celebrates on Jan. 22. I hope all your boys behave on your birthday.

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