Aquinnah: Playground design ideas

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— Kyra Steck

Anne Vanderhoop wanted to thank everyone for making her 90th birthday special, so she wrote a thank you note. Here it is:

“Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for taking the time to create the birthday parade passing my house on my 90th birthday. What a wonderful surprise during the horrible COVID-19 pandemic. I also want to thank God for a perfect day weather wise. Love and Health to all, Anne Vanderhoop.”

There have been some bright spots during the pandemic and Anne’s birthday parade was certainly one of them.

The Aquinnah Public Library is hosting a virtual yoga class taught by the extraordinary Jannette Vanderhoop. It has been happening throughout the winter and continues the next three Saturdays in March at 10 am. Email jmatejcek@clamsnet.org to sign up. The library is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm for contactless pick up.

The Aquinnah playground near the town hall is finally getting the upgrade that our kids deserve. While I have appreciated the random funkiness of what is there now, there is no question that it could be improved upon. To that end there will be a Zoom meeting for the kids of Aquinnah this Saturday to share their dreams for the ideal playground. There are two sign-up times: 9:30 and 10:30 am. Kids are encouraged to draw some ideas to bring to the meetings. The playground designers, Leathers & Associates, will attend both meetings, and there will be a reveal of the working design on Saturday night at 6 pm (also via Zoom). Please email nolihoye@gmail.com for the Zoom information.

Many people have been curious if Chicken Alley Thrift Shop, that supports MV Community Services, is open now and I’m happy to say that it is. The staff at the shop have been doing an amazing job staying open through the pandemic and keeping everyone safe. They are accepting donations and you can now schedule an appointment online. It is so easy to schedule and there is also help available unloading once you arrive at the shop. Since we are all home more of the time now anyway, why not do some decluttering and hand off what you no longer want to Chicken Alley? Follow this link to schedule a donation: bit.ly/3v8wgoj.

Even though we still cannot have large public gatherings, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival is still going to happen, albeit virtually. Save the dates, March 26 to 28 and keep checking their website, tmvff.org for updates.

It’s March madness here in Aquinnah with an abundance of birthdays this week. Happy birthday to Tiffany Smalley, who celebrates March 11, Lisa Vanderhoop, Ken Wentworth, and Nina Butler on March 13, Richard Skidmore on March 14, and Michael Stutz and Rodeo Purves-Langer on March 16.

If you have any Aquinnah Town Column suggestions, email Molly Purves, mlpurves@yahoo.com.