Aquinnah: Library events

— Kyra Steck

Good news everyone, you no longer have to go down-Island for a decent meal. The Outermost Inn is opening tonight, June 10, call 508-645-3511 to make a dinner reservation. Cliffhangers is open every day at 10:30 am until about sunset. The Aquinnah Shop is open Friday through Sunday from noon to 8:30 pm for takeout only right now. Now summer has truly arrived.

The library is open again, or rather you can enter the building again because they didn’t close, you just couldn’t go in. They are open for express service and contactless pickup Tuesday and Thursday, from 11 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, from 11 am to 4 pm. They are happy to make special arrangements, if feasible, outside of their posted hours. Please contact the library at or 508-645-2314 to arrange services. Library staff are excited to welcome you back into the building for express services, including browsing the stacks, holds pickup, access to the printer and fax machine, and use of public computers. There are some ground rules: all patrons over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask which covers their mouth and nose regardless of vaccination status, library building capacity is limited, visits are no longer than 30 minutes, and children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. You may still do contactless pick up if you prefer.

Upcoming events at the library include Dick Johnson of the M.V. Tick Project presenting his research on ticks and tick-borne illnesses in a talk on Saturday, June 12, at 2 pm via Zoom. Email to register. The next meeting of the book group will be on Thursday, June 17, at 3 pm to discuss Tillie Olsen’s “Tell Me a Riddle.” Email to attend. Next Saturday, June 19, there will be a talk on mushroom growing at 10 am and a watercolor workshop at 2 pm, email to participate in either of those workshops.

The candidate forum for Aquinnah will be held on Wednesday, June 16, at 7 pm. It will be available to view on MVTV and to stream later. There are two contested races that the League of Women Voters will be interviewing. There are three candidates for select board: Adrian Higgins, Thomas Murphy, and Nancy Slate. There are two candidates for Board of Health: James Glavin and Katherine Newman. Since there is no live audience for this Zoom event, the League is inviting citizens to submit questions that they would like to have asked by the moderator to

The Aquinnah annual town meeting will be held next Saturday, June 19, at 3 pm in the Aquinnah Fire Station parking lot. The annual town election will be held on Thursday, June 24, from noon to 8 pm at town hall.

You will need a pass to park at Philbin Beach beginning June 15, the town lot will also open on that day. Passes will be sold Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 12 pm, at town hall. You need to wear a mask when you come to purchase your pass, otherwise you will not get one. They are currently accepting credit card payments only. For residents, a Philbin pass is $50 for the first license plate number and $15 for additional plate numbers (you can have up to three plate numbers on one pass). Renters can purchase passes but must bring their rental agreements to do so. You can download and print all the beach permit pass forms at

The school year is ending, and many people are transitioning to new schools in the fall. Hayden Higgins, Sasha Gerhard, and Rodeo Purves-Langer have all graduated from eighth grade and will begin high school in the fall. Menasha Laport graduated from Tabor Academy this past Friday and will attend Brown University in the fall. Fynn Monahan graduated from MVRHS on Sunday and will attend UMASS Boston; Fynn was also given the President’s Award for Educational Excellence at Honor’s Night last week. Clyde Smith (who is in 10th grade) picked up a few awards too: the Effort and Leadership Award in English for grade 10, Effort and Leadership in Math, and the Character Award for Compassion (10th grade). The Excellence in Automotive: Exploratory went to Shane Vanderhoop-True, along with the Character Award for Resilience (9th grade). Peyton Jeffers was recognized for Excellence in Culinary Arts: Exploratory, Level 2, Effort and Leadership in World languages for (11th grade), and Effort and Leadership in Math (11th grade). Congratulations everyone!

Happy Birthday to Cheryl Vanderhoop who celebrates on Monday, and to Danny Jensen who celebrates on Wednesday.

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