Aquinnah Public Library will feature fun with dragons on Saturday. Stop in for coffee and tea and other goodies. The latest DVDs have arrived for your viewing pleasure. There is a cart full of free books and movies on the back deck.
Pecha Kucha will be sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Harbor View Hotel. Pecha Kucha is a presentation format of 20 images displayed for 20 seconds each. The museum will present Captain Ed Jerome on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Ed is the president of the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby and will give a history of derby doings.
Condolences to the family, friends and Aquinnah neighbors of the Rev. Jay Cooke Michael Allen who passed away in September in St. Louis, Mo. He was predeceased by his wife, Rev. Priscilla Allen. For 42 years they and their children, Thomas, John and Sarah and three grandchildren enjoyed their Aquinnah summer home surrounded by their neighbors — the Johnson, Leonard, Majno and Weiss families. Michael Allen was an activist and crusader, having marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and traveled to Hanoi with Joan Baez. They opened their hearts and their doors to those less fortunate, the homeless, those affected with AIDS and many others. They will be missed, especially at this time of year which they enjoyed most on the Vineyard.
Condolences to the family and friends of Rosalie Silva Bassett who passed away at her Edgartown home on Friday. Services will be held this morning at St. Elizabeth’s Church. She was the matriarch of her family and one of the great historians of Edgartown. Her eldest son Gordon “Todd” Bassett and his daughters Meadow and Leah are all Aquinnah residents.
It was a pleasure to meet James Meyer while riding the bus to Chilmark. He is enjoying the autumn while on furlough due to the shutdown in Washington. James is a curator at the National Gallery of Art. He is the son of Charlotte Meyer and the late Dr. Irving Meyer.
Condolences to the family and friends of Erick P. Vanderhoop who passed away on Monday afternoon at his Aquinnah home. He was not only a cousin but a friend. He and his older brother Buddy were playmates of ours in our Gay Head community. He was the second of seven children of Anne Vanderhoop Madison and the late William D. Vanderhoop Sr. Rick was the father of Heidi and Todd and beloved grandfather of Erick, Lewis, Ivan and Lyle. He is survived by his brothers and a sister: William D. Jr. (Buddy), David, Matthew (Cully), Brian (Chip) and Julianne. He is also survived by his aunt Marjorie Galbraith and uncle John Vanderhoop, and by his half-siblings Bernadette Crossland, Diamond, Durwood, Faith, Leigh and Naushon Vanderhoop, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was co-owner of Courtesy Motors in Tisbury and a lifelong hot rod enthusiast. Rick enjoyed the demolition derby of days past. He often was a judge at the annual Aquinnah Power Cruise. Ricky’s services will be held today at Community Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Rick’s friends and fellow hot rod enthusiasts will form a procession at the Aquinnah town hall at 12:30 p.m., so bring your hot rod, antique auto, motorcycle or other specialty automobile if you would like to be in the procession in honor of Rick. Graveside services will be held at North Cemetery on Rose Meadow Way. There will be a potluck gathering at the Aquinnah Shop Restaurant following the graveside service.
Naushon Vanderhoop and her daughter Nanawusuwee arrived from their home in Brooklyn and will stay through most of the week.
Happy 11th anniversary wishes to James and Melissa Mahoney as they celebrate on Oct. 19. Happy 33rd anniversary to Vern and Berta Welch on Oct. 25.
Happy birthday wishes to Neal Maciel, Darlene Pachico, James Vercruysse and Gail Tipton as they celebrate today. Stella Hopkins, Bud Mayhew and Louis Belain share the day on Oct. 19. Clyde Phillips will celebrate on Oct. 20. Barbara Gentry will observe a milestone on Oct. 21 and shares the day with Paul Mendelson, Chantal Booker, Joseph Lee and Nancy Campana. Jenna Petersiel and Pearl Vercruysse share the day on Oct. 22. Christopher Belain parties on the 23rd. Tom Bardwell and Curtis Langer will party on Oct. 24. Isaac Taylor parties on Oct. 25.
This article has been updated to reflect the correct name of James Meyer's father; it is Dr. Irving Meyer.