February has arrived and what do you know: it's cold and a little quiet here in Aquinnah. All right, a lot quiet. Scalloping has dwindled down. People are going away and there's not that much to do.
The Super Bowl this Sunday will liven things up for a night. I'm rooting for the Steelers for no particular reason, I don't really have an affinity for either team. My heart of course is with the Patriots and we all know how that worked out this year.
Chilmark Chocolates is open again, thank goodness. That makes the winter a little more bearable.
Lisa Vanderhoop has a show opening February 4 at the Chilmark branch of the Bank of Martha's Vineyard, where she will be showing her prints and also selling Valentine's Day cards.
This Saturday at 5 pm is the third and final Family. Film. Feast. sponsored by the MV Film Festival at the Chilmark Community Center. The Kitchen Porch is cooking the food and then there'll be a film for kids after dinner. I know it will be a good time and it's free for members of the Film Festival (food sold separately). This will be the last Film Festival event until the Winter Film Festival, March 18-20.
Come to the Aquinnah Library for a bookbinding class every second Tuesday starting next week on February 8, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. (March 8 and April 12 will be the next sessions). Emma Young will introduce simple bookbinding techniques to beginners and help people with more experience. Supplies will be available at the library. There may be a small expense for the supplies. Remember that coffee hour at the library is Saturday at 10 am.
Congratulations to Amera Ignacio and Todd Vanderhoop, who had a baby boy on Tuesday, January 25 at 10 am. He was a month early, he is very healthy. His aunt, Ona, told me, "He just decided that he couldn't wait anymore to meet his parents and big huge family!" Indeed, he does have a large family here, which will probably drive him crazy when he's a teenager, but right now he's going to get so much love. He weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces and was 18 inches at birth.
Friends of the Aquinnah Public Library in conjunction with the Aquinnah LDO (local drop-off)/Transfer Station are conducting a returnable bottle and can drive at the AQ-LDO that began in late January and will run through the middle of April or until the goal is met. The goal is to raise $350 which will be matched with a 2-to-1 grant though the Libri Foundation for the purchase of children's books for the Aquinnah Public Library. The choice of books available is quite varied with many international and cultural themes. To visit the granting agencies website go to the Libri Foundations website: www.librifoundation.org. Please bring any and all deposit refundable bottles and cans, clean and neatly contained, to the AQ-LDO during regular business hours.
If you have any questions or concerns please call the Aquinnah town offices at 508-645-2300 or the library at 508-645-2314.