Aquinnah: Capture the Magic – The Martha’s Vineyard Times

Summer is fast approaching; sometimes it feels like it’s going too fast. But there are times when you can capture the magic, especially here in Aquinnah. Last week was Juli Vanderhoop’s birthday, and she decided to have a potluck on the beach. People were spread over Lobsterville with blankets and food, children and adults running into the water for a swim in the evening. There was an abundance of watermelon and tasty chicken prepared by Chrissy Laurie and Carole Vandal. Christina Hook held court in a beach chair and her daughter, Jennifer, made sure the children dusted the sand off their hands before grabbing more food. When it was really dark, we moved to Juli’s for a cake eaten around a fire. It was just quite planned but also loose and spontaneous. The kind of night that can carry you through the week.

At the library this Thursday at 5 p.m., Nancy Slonim Aronie will discuss her new book, “Memoir as Medicine,” as part of the Summer Lecture Series. If you’ve never heard Nancy speak or taken her wonderful writing workshop, you should come. She is a charming, funny and engaging speaker, and she is an expert on this subject. This event will take place on the library deck; E-mail [email protected] to register. On Saturday at 1:30 p.m., the library will host a community barbecue. This event is free and open to all. Stop on the way to the beach, grab some food and hang out with your neighbors.

I recently found out that former coach and good guy Spencer Booker Sr. suffered a stroke. He is currently in a rehabilitation center in Cape Town. Spencer is working on a full recovery, and thank goodness he will be home in the next few weeks. Missy Smalley started a GoFundMe to help her family with medical expenses and travel expenses. You can donate here:, or drop off a donation at the Gay Head Store. I’m always happy when I see Spencer and hope he makes a full recovery.

The state primary is Tuesday, Sept. 6, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Aquinnah City Hall. The last day to register to vote for the state primary is Saturday, August 27. Early in-person voting begins Saturday, August 27 and continues through September 2. Voting hours on August 27 are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Voting hours from August 29 through September 2 are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. All early voting will take place at Aquinnah Town Hall. The last day to request an absentee ballot is Monday, August 29 at 5 p.m. The last day to request an in-person mail-in ballot is Friday, September 2 at 5 p.m. Early voting request postcards were sent out last week. Remember that for the state primary, independent and unregistered voters must choose the party they want on the application to receive a ballot.

The Friends of West Tisbury Library continue their weekly sale of ephemera on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., on the porches of West Tisbury Library.

Each Sunday will feature fiction, mystery, cooking/food, biographies, Martha’s Vineyard and children’s books. Additionally, weekly specials will feature specific categories: July 31st is military and maritime.

I saw Elise LeBovit at the Chilmark store the other day, and she told me someone had taken her duck sign for the inn at the end of her road. I took pity on her and told her how terrible it was. Who would do such a thing? A teenager on a dare, perhaps? A drunk person who thought it would be cool? Or just an ordinary thief? At the end of our conversation, I said, “What [expletive]?” “I know,” she said. “What’s the duck? !”

Happy birthday to Mike Selitti, whose birthday is July 28, and to Hollis Smith, who’s birthday is July 29.

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Edward L. Robinett