The warm weather continues. I forgot the other day that it was actually December and wrote November instead. There are reports all over Aquinnah of forsythia and other spring flowers blooming. I went to a dinner party in Chilmark last Thursday and my hostess had lettuce and arugula growing in her garden, most unexpected this time of year. Our grass is growing green and while not exactly lush it's not the hard-packed, frozen, dead yellow color you usually get this time of year.
The hunters must be pleased with the warmth, shotgun season ends this Saturday and then it's muzzle loader time? Muskets? Something of that nature. Please remember that it is not a good time to go for a walk in the woods; I'm not saying you look like a deer, but that doesn't mean you couldn't get shot like one. If you do go for walks on the road or on the bike paths wear bright orange or pink or any '80s-type color so you can be seen.
This Saturday, Dec. 10, from 2 to 4 pm, the Aquinnah Library will be hosting an open house. Please dress "Aquinnah fancy." There will be refreshments and lots of holiday cheer. In January, look forward to some movie nights and more winter programming. The big news at the library is the push to join the Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing or CLAMS network. The down-Island libraries are a part of this network but the three up-Island libraries are not, but they are hoping to join in the next 18 months. Joining the network will dramatically increase the amount of materials available and also make available downloadable digital media.
The library and the Friends of the Library will be doing some fundraising for this project. If you would like more information about what this means for our library, Cathy has put together a great pamphlet with all the major points and it's available at the front desk. If you are interested in donating to the membership fund, speak to Cathy.
With Christmas two weeks away, there are many Christmas fairs and such happening this Saturday, so be sure to check out the calendar section for complete listing but some are: The West Tisbury Congregational Church Christmas Faire from 9:30 to 2:30, the Elves Faire benefitting the Plum Hill School, Handmade From the Heart benefitting Hospice of M.V., and, of course, it's Christmas in Edgartown this weekend. One up-Island tidbit to check out during the festivities on Saturday is at the Martha's Vineyard Museum at 1 pm: Tom Dresser will be reading from his book, "The Wampanoag Tribe of Martha's Vineyard: Colonization to Recognition." Once you're finished with all that activity and you're broke and exhausted and you need some rejuvenation go to Cathy Garfinkle's Restorative Yoga class from 3 to 5:30 pm at The Yoga Barn.
One last thing happening on Saturday is the opening of the Y's new Alexandra Gagnon Teen Center from 3 to 5 pm.
This Sunday, December 11, is the Third Sunday of Advent; services will be held at the Community Baptist Church of Gayhead at 9 am with Rev. Ellen P. Tatreau presiding. For more information, call 508-693-1539.
The next monthly blood pressure clinic in Aquinnah will be held December 15, from 2 to 3 pm, in the town hall. Free and open to all.
You can pre-order your 2012 MVRHS yearbook now for $45. After January 1, the book will cost $65. Call Sandy Mott at 508-693-1033, ext. 124, for more information.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Megan and Ana Sargent. Megan's mother, Lyn Ottens McEntee died at the age of 84 on November 29 after a long illness. Lyn loved her time on the Vineyard spent with her family. She was much loved and will be missed. Anyone wishing to can make a donation to the Humane Society of the U.S. in her name.
Congratulations to Phil Weinstein. The Society for the Study of Southern Literature has chosen Phil's book "Becoming Faulkner" as the best book on Southern literature written in 2010. Phil will be the recipient of their Hugh Holman Award, which he never expected to get, and he is delighted. The last of Phil's four book discussions on "Colonial Encounters" will take place December 15 at 4 pm at the Oak Bluffs library. The book being discussed is Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta's "Joys of Motherhood," a powerful African response to the damage inflicted by Western colonialism on the local culture.