Aquinnah: Opening of stores for businesses

Have you been to the Gayhead store at the cliffs? It opened last weekend and is run by the Smalley family. They did an amazing job stocking their shelves. They have everything you might need in an “I just can’t drive on the island” emergency, as well as ready-made sandwiches and cold drinks for the beach, homemade hand from Martha’s Vineyard, grocery staples and premium bacon and sausages. They’re open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., which means if you play your cards right, you won’t have to travel around the island for supplies at all. Thank you Jay and Missy, that’s exactly what we needed.

The Aquinnah Boutique opens today, May 26, at noon. They will have counter service and tables are available on a first come, first served basis (no more reservations). Open Thursday to Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Hooray!

Aquinnah Library trustees are hosting a party this Thursday, May 26 at 3 p.m. to thank Heidi Vanderhoop for her years of service as a trustee and to welcome Sophia Welch as she becomes a trustee. The party will be held at the Aquinnah Library and refreshments will be served.

Joan LeLacheur has a studio open this Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. She will have her beautiful ocean jewelry for sale at her studio, located at 42 Old South Road in Aquinnah. If you can’t make the studio open, text or call Joanie to schedule an appointment at 508-939-1691.

The MV Film Society Environmental Film Festival runs Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29 at the MV Film Center in Vineyard Haven. These are all “worthy and compelling stories from the front lines of environmentalism.” You can order tickets at

The Chilmark Community Center begins its summer season. From Monday May 30 until September 5, the tennis courts will only be open to tennis members. This includes attending adult clinics, private lessons, and court rentals. To register, follow this link :

Stop at the MV Museum to see ‘Flashes of Brilliance’, an exhibit on the history of the island’s lighthouses. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the magnificent first-rate Fresnel lens, which was installed in the Gay Head Light from 1854 to 1952.

The Gay Head 10K will take place in person this year on Sunday, October 2. I know it’s far, but there are “early bird” prices until June. Registration is open online at

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival was held in its new home at Grange Hall last weekend. It was the first in-person festival since 2019, and although the rise in COVID cases kept some spectators away, it was a huge success. So many thought provoking and thrilling films and performances. Each film began with a reconnaissance of the earth by Juli Vanderhoop, and most films then had a Q&A with the director or subject of the film. The guest filmmakers were a wonderful group of people, thrilled to share their work with our community. I can’t wait to see what the film festival does this summer.

Happy birthday to our Chief Librarian, Rosa Parker, whose birthday is May 26, to Mr. Marvin Jones, May 28, and to Nancy Benoit, May 29.

I was so sad to learn of Jill Iscol’s passing last week. I met Jill when I was working for Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, and she was such a dynamo; so much energy for the things he cared about: his family, his friends, politics, Martha’s Vineyard. I will miss seeing her flash her fabulous smile, and I am so sad that I will only see it again in my memories of her. Lots of love to the Iscol family.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone, and thank you to all the families who have lost loved ones in our American wars. Be sure to visit Aquinnah Cemetery to see the flags placed beside the graves of our veterans.

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