I have crocuses coming up in my yard, how about you?

I had a friend visiting from Vermont this weekend (where it is still snowing), and he said, “Well you guys are in full-on spring.” This just goes to show that it’s all a matter of perspective.

Emerson Mahoney’s hockey team, the Bantam A team, has won the state championship. This is very exciting as the week before they won at the Lake Placid championship. Now that they are home, they hope to win the playoffs. Good luck to them.

Natalie Francis is leaving the Aquinnah library as of March 31, to spend more time with her family and pursue other interests. She will be honored for her years of dedication and hard work at an Open House at the library from 2 to 7 pm on March 31, sponsored by the Board of Library trustees. There will be a ceremony at 5 pm, with appreciation expressed from many around town, and a cake by Juli Vanderhoop of Orange Peel Bakery. There will be a guest book for people to write goodbyes, and notes of well-wishing. Natalie will still be working at the transfer station on Thursdays and Sundays. I will miss seeing Natalie at the library, but I hope she gets to put her feet up and get some well-deserved rest.

I still haven’t quite recovered from all the powerful movies, good food, and wonderful people at the Film Festival. It kicked off with “Charlotte,” about the making of the Gannon and Benjamin boat, which was sold out to the max including a satellite screening running at the library. And then the great films just kept coming, “Marwencol” and “Crime after Crime” were favorites on Saturday along with the very moving portrait of a minister facing retirement in “Raw Faith.”

And on Sunday there was a good crowd for “Windfall” and of course “We Still Live Here” was packed with people from Aquinnah. Nonie Madison and Tobias Vanderhoop participated in the discussion afterwards and when I saw Tobias afterward he was beaming. When I asked my mom, who attended the screening how it was she said, “It was just wonderful.”

The festival closed this year with Tom Shadiyac’s “I Am,” a documentary about a big-time Hollywood director who goes on a spiritual quest for meaning after a bad bike accident. It was a jubilant note to end the festival on.

There were some changes this year, Jan Buhrman and Robert Lionnette prepared the food, and I really hope you got to try their chicken curry and their miso soup. And Amy Miller baked all weekend and I think she could have kept baking as all of her cookies and bars sold out.

Lots of people from Aquinnah volunteered for the festival including Alex Taylor, who helped man the coffee bar, a new addition this year, Wendy Swolensky, Lisa Vanderhoop, and Cynthia Robinson, all worked some shifts. And then I saw the Newmans, Sarah Thulin, Jim Wallen and his son in the audience. Alex Taylor came back after her shifts to see some films, “I just can’t stay away!” she said. And why should you? It is one of the great events of our winter season.