Saturday, June 22, 2024

Aquinnah

Aquinnah: Wintertime quiet, creative flow, and Aquinnah Variety Show

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Even with the wind howling, this is actually the quiet time of year here in Aquinnah. Many of us see our work slowing down (or stopping) for the season. Visitors are infrequent. Gardens are...

Aquinnah: Flooding, emergencies and CERT, baby seal, and Tri-Town Ambulance

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Last week I found myself in the terrifying position of driving my new-to-me vehicle through a rushing river, complete with waves. I wasn’t in the wilds of Montana, I was on Beach Road in...

Aquinnah: Outermost Inn, ice skating, Howes House, and library positions

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I write this column on Sunday mornings, and this Sunday morning feels special. It’s a rainy Sunday in January. Is there any more blissful moment? The world is quiet. There is no way we...

Aquinnah: New year tidying, song of hope, Howes House, and town library

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We’re taking down our Christmas tree. Packing away beloved ornaments, many of them silly creatures like a cloth cow in fancy hat and high-heels, a wooden hedgehog on skis, another cloth cow in housedress...

Aquinnah: Yossi Monahan, Philbin Beach cleanup, and gratefulness

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The place on Philbin Beach where the stream meets the sea is becoming one of those spirit-lightened places. For a long time, locals have gathered there to celebrate birthdays, to mark anniversaries, and to...

Aquinnah: Holiday preparations, reusable gift wrap, and Wishing Tree

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Although this is a dampened holiday for sure, we are nonetheless preparing for the pending arrival of all our immediate family. Son Alex and his wife Madalena are arriving with their three little ones...

Aquinnah: Mice and rats, home repair, holiday spirit, and Long Point cleanup and crafts

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Many years ago, Jeffrey Madison joked that you could describe one aspect of our Island as made up of “mice, lice, and mold.” True that. Right along with the breathtaking beauty, kindly souls, good...

Aquinnah: Holiday Fair stories, town sprucing up, Howes House, and holiday crafts

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Sunday morning, Dec. 3, and I’m writing my column from behind a table at the Aquinnah Artisans Holiday Fair at the Aquinnah Town Hall. Saturday, yesterday, saw our Town Hall packed with holiday shoppers...

Aquinnah: Bird feeding, Artisans Holiday Fair, children’s art show, and foster parent recruitment

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Outside, there is frost on the ground, and the cold world is clear and sunny. I’m inside at my workspace, watching a wonderful mystery of sorts unfolding at the bird feeder. Charley and I...

Aquinnah: Waylon Sauer

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Once again. Once again. I write this on the morning after we lost yet another of our beloved young. Waylon Sauer, 17 years old. Just beginning. A junior at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School....

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It is years since I was in New York. Decades. I had gone there as a young woman, and marveled at the energy, the fact that on every street there was at least one...

Aquinnah: The human race, ‘Inhabitants’ film, playground volunteers, and community

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Well, I finally finished putting away all of the lightweight summer clothing, and unpacking the woolly sweaters and long johns. My next domestic task will be to wash and put away the porch pillows,...

Aquinnah: Out-of-town guests, beautiful playground, library services, and Forrest Alley

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I write this column on Sunday mornings, having promised our editor that I’d have it in her hands by noon every Sunday. Every time I sit down to write it, I am filled with...

Aquinnah: Community playground, Outermost Inn, Stony Creek Gifts, and October birthdays

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I’m delighted to report that our playground behind the Town Hall is rapidly becoming a reality. Isaac Taylor has spent many long hours during the past few weeks clearing the land, grading, removing topsoil,...

Aquinnah: ‘Home’ exhibit, Garden Club, playground, Creative Living Award, and artisans

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The 10K Gay Head Run For The Light took place on Sunday, Oct. 1. It was a cool, gray morning with a slight breeze — perfect for running. More than 180 runners signed up...

Aquinnah: Seasonal changes, Outermost Inn, rescue dog, and library’s book club

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Last weekend, fall arrived with buckets of rain, leaving wedding attendees with cars stuck in muddy fields, and farmers and innkeepers stuck with torn-up turf. As it poured rain outside, I made chicken soup,...

Aquinnah: After the storm, Beach BeFrienders, Juli Vanderhoop, and Gay Head 10K

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Well, the big storm gave us some great waves, and an astonishing sunset that filled the sky with a riot of reds, purples, and pinks. But here in Aquinnah, it didn’t bring water and...

Aquinnah: Mobile Farmers Market, Gay Head 10K, ‘Inhabitants’ film, and Falls Prevention Month

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Last Tuesday, coming back from our once-a-week down-Island errands, Charley and I stopped at Alley’s for an ice cream sandwich, and then strolled across the street to the parking lot outside Howes House. That’s...

Aquinnah: Turkey mantle, Howes House, town library, and Lighthouse gathering

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In the sea and on the beach right now, krill and such are abundant. The whales at sea, and the birds on shore, are flocking and feasting in delight. Here on shore, it is...

Aquinnah: Labor Day, playground, Aquinnah Land Initiative, and affordable housing

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Labor Day has been a national holiday since 1894, when President Grover Cleveland signed the law that Congress passed, designating the first Monday in September a holiday for workers. Labor unions pressed and activists...