Aquinnah: Music at Cliffhanger’s

— Kyra Steck

I have been dreading this August since at least May and now that it is here, it is not disappointing. Crazy traffic in both number of cars here and drivers doing stupid things, large crowds wherever you turn, little to no attention or appreciation paid to the people who are showing up every day to the do work that makes the Island run and on top of all that, there’s a highly contagious variant of COVID-19 spreading in the community. I came down with a cold this past week and spent most of my time at home trying to get better. It was the most peaceful week of August I’ve ever had, not that I recommend getting sick, but it was nice to not have to interact with any crazy people for a short period of time.

The Aquinnah Public Library is open, and you can go in person, you just need to wear a mask and limit your time there. Current hours are Tuesday and Thursday, from 11 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, from 11 am to 4 pm. On Thursday, August 12, at 5 pm Marina Lent will discuss the status of COVID-19 on the Island, including the Delta variant and what towns can do to help stop the spread. This talk will take place on Zoom at 5 pm. Email to register. There is still time for kids to sign up for summer reading. Come in, sign up, get a T-shirt and prizes for book reading. Sorry adults, this is for kids only.

The Aquinnah select board is seeking volunteers for the following committees: board of appeals, finance committee (alternate member), M.V. Resource Recovery District, personnel committee, and the Up-Island Council on Aging. If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, please contact Sophia at or 508-645-2300. The town government is run by the people who do service on our boards and committees, if you would like to be a part of keeping the town running, please sign up.

The Aquinnah Shop’s last night of dinner service will be Saturday, August 14. They will continue with takeout service Tuesday, August 17, through Sept. 4, when they will close for the season. Currently their hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 8 pm, although they are subject to change. You can sit on the deck and eat your takeout while enjoying the fine view if the weather is cooperating. Check their website for any updates/changes at Did you know that Cliffhanger’s has music every Thursday evening? Come up to the Cliffs for some dinner and music.

Gwyn McAllister’s new play, “Accidents Will Happen,” will get an outdoor staged reading this Sunday, August 15, at the Tashmoo Springs Building in Vineyard Haven. There will be musical performances by Judy Pisano and Nate D’Angelo as well. Gwyn is a very smart writer with a wry sense of humor and I’m sure this will be a great evening. The performances start at 4 pm and end at 6 pm and are presented by PathwaysARTS. Pathways is presenting work online and at events like this one around the Island, go to for information on upcoming work.

The M.V. Museum is now showing “Work of the Soul”, an exhibit that explores the work and interconnected lives of four extraordinary Black women artists who lived, vacationed, and worked on the Vineyard during the early-mid 20th century: pioneering sculptor Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, world-renowned painter Loïs Mailou Jones, artist and educator Delilah Pierce, and seamstress-turned-artist Olive “Cutie” Bowles. The exhibit is open through Oct. 11.

This past Monday, August 9, was the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Every year the United Nations selects a theme for the day, this year’s theme is “Leaving No One Behind: Indigenous People and the Call for a New Social Contract.” There was a webinar with indigenous people from around the world that was live streamed Monday morning. It sounds like it was a very powerful event. Happy Birthday to Kate Taylor, who celebrates on Sunday, August 15, and congratulations to Kate on the release of her new album and her live performances in support of it. Happy Birthday to William Vanderhoop, the eldest of Jamie and Woody’s children and older brother to three younger boys. He celebrates on August 16; I hope his younger brothers treat him well.

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