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Oh, what happened on Sunday?

We were so confident, so sure the game would be so easy. Almost a technicality, really, playing the Jets just so we could get to the next “real” game. And then of course on to the Super Bowl. We were already planning our party. I was thinking about making Patriots cupcakes.

But now I’m not sure I even want to watch the Super Bowl. Really. It’s too depressing. How did we lose to the Jets? It’s always when you think you’ve got it made that you’ve got to really watch your back, isn’t it? I guess there’s always next year, but that seems so very far away and the Patriots were playing so well this year, until Sunday when it really mattered.

Today at the library from 4 to 5 pm there will be a craft and story hour in the theme of blue — the color, that is. It will be like Picasso’s blue period for young children, but it will only last an hour.

A course on first aid, including CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, will be held Saturday, Jan. 22, in the Chilmark Community Church education building. Led by an American Heart Association certified instructor, Peter Tennant, participants will earn First Aid and Heimlich certificates. Lasting from 10 am to 2:30 pm, the course is sponsored by the church and is free of charge. Bring a sandwich. Dessert and beverages will be provided. The course is open to all Vineyarders. To pre-register, call Marilyn Hollinshead at 508-693-5803.

The M.V. Center for Living will hold its second in a series of winter cultural luncheons this month on Saturday, January 29, from 12 to 2 pm, at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. The cultural influence of African Americans on Martha’s Vineyard will be highlighted in a three-part program presented by author Tom Dresser who will speak about his book “African Americans on Martha’s Vineyard,” and Elaine Weintraub and Carrie Tankard, co-founders of the African-American Heritage Trail on Martha’s Vineyard. As an interesting side note about Tom Dresser, his cousin Molly was my neighbor and babysitter when I was a kid.

This luncheon’s theme salutes Black History Month which is celebrated in February. For entertainment, a special musical performance will be provided by regional high school singing sensations Toby Riseborough and Rykker Maynard. Tickets are $25 and can be obtained from any board member (June Manning in Aquinnah) or by calling Leslie Clapp, director of the M.V. Center for Living at 508-939-9440.

Aquinnah resident Noli Taylor of Island grown schools gave a presentation to the M.V. Garden Club this past Tuesday.

Look in the Not Summer issue of Martha’s Vineyard Magazine for features on your fellow Aquinnah residents: Carol Mayrand, who along with five other Island friends walked the Island’s 63-mile perimeter, writer Geoff Currier chronicles their 40-hour, six-day trek. Independent filmmakers Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth talk about their creative lives in the off-season.

I, myself, will not be watching football this weekend. I just can’t bear it.

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