Saturday, June 22, 2024

Aquinnah

Aquinnah: Cultural Center, Ag Fair reflections, and gratefulness

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The Aquinnah Cultural Center is a place where all people can learn the history of the Aquinnah Wampanoag through the contents of the museum, and cultural events for both tribal members and the general...

Aquinnah: Summer fun, Cultural Night, ‘Hang the Moon,’ and ‘Vineyard Folk’

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Our place is filled with family and visitors in the summertime. We’ve got mattresses on the floor, people on the couch, wet and muddy footprints on the dark wood floors, sandy towels, dirty socks,...

Aquinnah: ‘Haint Blu’ at Orange Peel Bakery

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I find myself astonished anew at the hordes of people on the Vineyard right now. The ferries are toting hundreds of people in each direction multiple times every day. Events are overcrowded, with cars...

Aquinnah: Summer jobs as first jobs

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Whether it’s mowing lawns, busing dishes, pulling weeds, selling shoes, entertaining children, or serving as backup crew on boats, many young people begin their working lives during the summer. These first jobs are a...

Aquinnah: Barney Zeitz, Orange Peel Bakery, Howes House, and Digital Equity Coalition

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I think that I have finally switched to summer. I feel lazy. But life is going at such a pace that I’m not actually able to indulge very often. The illusion of life in...

Aquinnah: Summer at the Cliffs, local painters, felting workshop, and first responders

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Here we are past the midpoint of July. The summer season is now fully upon us, with its heat, its humidity, its crowds of Bermuda-shorts-clad happy tourists, its piles of sandy towels. Thursday nights...

Aquinnah: Len Butler, Joan LeLacheur, Garden Club, M.V. Tick Project, and author talks

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By now you have probably heard, Aquinnah and the world have lost a great light — Len Butler, “the Man Who Moved the Lighthouse,” died on July 5. He was at home, in the...

Aquinnah: Beloved pets, beach parking, author talks, community lunches, and Garden Club

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Charley and I have had many dogs and cats over our 51 years of marriage. The dogs and cats we have loved had good lives. They had good veterinarians who cared for them, and...

Aquinnah: Patriotism, summer reading, community lunches, and VTA buses

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Aquinnah had a roaring good time up on the Cliffs celebrating the summer solstice, with great music, food, and crowds of neighbors and friends. Now we get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July...

Aquinnah: Cliffhangers, library services, beach cleanup, and July 4th activities

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If you live in a place like Martha’s Vineyard, summer frequently means visitors from far away. We have just had our first set — a niece and her husband from Virginia. It was a...

Aquinnah: Tribal land, Father’s Day, Juneteenth, Community Picnic, and parking permits

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The first day of summer arrives this week on June 21. The cars are already lined up at the Cliffs, sporting license plates from all over the country. It feels so good to watch...

Aquinnah: Philbin Beach, Mataquhs Vanderhoop, Mato Wagner, and Up-Island Council on Aging

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My oldest daughter, Laurie Dewan, is a brilliant woman. In the midst of her crazy, wonderful life as a working mother with two active boys to raise, she is studying time whenever she can....

Aquinnah: Family support, town developments, Beverly Wright, and AACDP presentation

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I have spent the past 10 days in California helping my sister and my cousin cope with the recent deaths of their partners; both died within a few days of each other. Two deaths...

Aquinnah: Grief and remembrance; beach cleanup kits, and Vinyasa yoga classes

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It’s a quiet and gentle morning. I got up early (5:30!) to write this column, hoping to find inspiration before the work of the day begins. The cat has come for his breakfast, I...

Aquinnah: MVRHS budget, lighthouse docents, yoga outside, and cleanup for playground

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I am one of the majority of voters in Aquinnah who voted against the high school budget. It broke my heart to have to do it. I am a great admirer of Sara Dingledy,...

Aquinnah: Mother’s Day, town playground, card crafting, and Howes House

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Ah, Mother’s Day. My own mother resented it, saying, “Every day should be a day to honor mothers, and this was only thought up by the people who make greeting cards.” Me? The day...

Aquinnah: Town meetings, Climate Action Fair, Howes House, and art and science talk

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I’m one of those who love town meetings. I am comforted and happy to see the faces of neighbors. I am touched by the earnestness and dedication of those hearty souls who bother to...

Aquinnah: Home sweet home, shops at the cliffs, Climate Action Fair, and town meetings

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I’m back home after 10 days away. While gone, I moved every two or three days to a different family house, sleeping in beds made familiar from past visits, learning how to avoid waking...

Aquinnah: View from the sky, Earth Day activities, special town meeting, and birthdays

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Charley and I have grandchildren scattered across the globe (two who move back and forth from Portugal to Switzerland, two in San Francisco, and the two here on-Island). It’s hard to not have them...

Aquinnah: Town buildings, Seed Library, planting seagrass, kids’ activities, and art contest

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Tax day looms. I’m proud to say that Charley and I prepared our taxes early, and got them to the accountant in plenty of time. Paying taxes is never pleasant, but in order to...