Aquinnah

Aquinnah

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I ran into June Manning at the library last week and we were both at a loss for any news happening in our small town.

I mentioned Noni Smith being pregnant with her third child. She and husband, Jed, have two boys and I’m pretty sure this one will be a girl.

We also talked about the Yard and how Wendy Taucher had stepped down as artistic director. I will miss Wendy’s vision at the Yard. She brought so much new and diverse programming there. I know it is very hard to run an arts organization anywhere but especially here, and I applaud Wendy and her efforts to widen the scope of what we were seeing on stage.

Beyond that we didn’t have much news.

Welcome to winter in Aquinnah. Scalloping continues as long as it’s not too cold. It seems to be a good season, not great but steady.

Well, it’s that time of year where the only place where things are happening in Aquinnah is at the library. First up is a color-based story and craft time once a month for kids, there will be a different color each month. It starts on Thursday, January 20, at 4 pm and the featured color will be blue. Emma will read stories that incorporate blue and there will also be a craft time. Snacks will be served. Bookbinding class will begin on Tuesday, February 8, at 5:30 pm.

The first book discussion group will be on Thursday, February 17, at 5:30 pm and the book selected is “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann. The book is in paperback and available at the library. Cathy Thompson will lead the discussion.

The second Family. Film. Feast. held this past Saturday was a great success. The MV Film Festival joined forces with Slow Food MV, who held their own event afterwards. The Chilmark Community Center was packed with families who feasted on delicious Indian food, and there were music, lots of activities for kids, and then, of course, movies. I really can’t say enough good things about the food. It was varied, some spicy and some mild, and all of it so good. Thank you to Jan Buhrman, Cathy Walthers, and Robert Lionette, who prepared the meal. Perhaps someone would be willing to open up an Indian restaurant on the Island? Any volunteers?

After Family. Film. Feast. Volunteers poured into the community center as families gathered their kids to go home to bed, and the space was transformed again. This time from a kids’ playland to a more formal dining room for Slow Food’s grown-up dinner and a movie. Both events were well-attended and much appreciated.

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