The Board of Selectmen is looking for an Aquinnah resident to fill the position of Fire Chief. Interviews will take place on Tuesday, January 17. If you are interested, please email Adam Wilson in the selectmen’s office at Town Hall at

This Friday, The Yard presents, “Public Dancing Allowed” with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish at the Chilmark Community Center from 8 to 10 pm. All ages are welcome, tickets are $20 at the door, and kids dance for free. Come on out and shake what your mama gave you for some up-Island winter fun.

The Aquinnah Library has many upcoming programs beginning with Coffee Hour every Saturday through March from 10 to 12 noon. Coffee, tea, and cookies will be provided. Thank you, library, for trying to provide what Aquinnah desperately needs: a coffee shop, because the occupation of sitting around talking perhaps even gossiping at times is a true art form in Aquinnah. The next Book Discussion Group for Adults is today, Thursday, January 12; from 5 to 6 pm. Coelho’s “The Alchemist” will be discussed. On Tuesday, February 21, from 5 to 6 pm deWaal’s “The Hare with Amber Eyes” will be discussed; both books are available from the library.

On Tuesday, January 17, from 5 to 6:30 pm you can bring in your shoebox of photos and memorabilia, for a session of Scrapbooking and Photo Album making under the guidance of Barbara Lampson. The library will provide glue and paper. Check in with Barbara to see what else you need. I don’t think the hour and half is enough time for me to deal with the three or so boxes I have stashed around my house filled with various bits of memorabilia dating back to my childhood, but maybe I can finally put together a wedding album (seven years after I got married).

Here is something I’m really looking forward to: next Thursday, January 19, and February 16, from 5 to 6 pm there will be children’s movies at the Library. These will be short movies, for younger children, and people are encouraged to bring cozy mats or comfy blankets for the kids or maybe even pajamas. No official word on titles yet or, more importantly, popcorn. There will also be films for adults (not to be confused with adult films) at the Library on Thursday, Jan. 26, and Thursday, Feb. 9, from 5 to 6 pm and February 23, 5 to 7 pm. Titles have yet to be decided on; perhaps we can vote?

The next monthly Library Trustee Meeting will be Tuesday, January 24, from 1 to 2:30 pm. This is an open meeting and all town residents are welcome to attend.

Please note that Storytime will be offered on Saturday mornings from 10:30 to 11 am during the months of January and February. And lastly, Clifford the Big Red Dog will be at the library on Saturday, January 28, from 2 to 2:30! Norman Bridwell’s beloved dog character will be here, larger than life and very friendly, as he tours the Island, sponsored by the M.V. Library Association. Whew! That was a lot: those ladies do know how to keep busy over at that little library.

Saskia Vanderhoop and her organization, Sassafras, will hold an Animal Skins Workshop this Sunday, January 15, from 1 to 4 pm. Knowing Saskia I think this is going to mean working on real animal skins and not leafing through the Black Glama Mink or North Beach Leather catalog and placing an order. It will probably be cheaper as well. This workshop is for adults and youth. Her Saturday Squirrels and Coyotes program has resumed and is from 10 to 4 pm on Saturdays. You can go to for all the information.

This Saturday, Jan, 14, from 9 to 10:30am, at the Howes House in West Tisbury, Mary Jane Sorrentino, trained by the Gore Climate Change Project, will be speaking about the causes of this global disaster, how it is affecting New England and particularly our coastal areas, and what responses our communities can make. This is not just going to be a gloom and doom presentation. Ms. Sorrentino is very interested in what people can actually do to help the environment especially gardeners.

This Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Please join the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven at 9 am for the program, “A Life of Altruistic Service, his Inheritance, our Commitment” in honor of Dr. King’s 83rd birthday. Breakfast will be served. This will take place at the Parish House of the church on William Street in Vineyard Haven. For reservations, please call 508-693-1539.

Feeling stressed? The next blood pressure clinic in Aquinnah will be held January 19, from 2 to 3 pm in the Town Hall. Free and open to all.

This Winter/Spring catalog from Adult and Community Education of Martha’s Vineyard (ACE MV) offers over 60 classes and seminars. Classes start January 21 with registration available now online and by mail, or in person on January 17 and 18 at the MVRHS from 4:30 to 6 pm in the lobby. One of the courses being offered is a history series with a seminar on Wampanoag History. And here is something that caught my eye, “Thanks to MV Family Center, all Thursday evening ACE MV classes at MVRHS offer free childcare.” That is great news. Go to for all the information, or stop by the Library, they have the complete course catalog.

Nancy and Walter Delaney spent New Year’s weekend with their daughter, Gayle, her husband, Andy, and grandson, Raymond (and their adorable Pug Emmi). That must have been a full but happy house. Nancy is truly enjoying this mild winter.

Happy Birthday to Faith Vanderhoop whose birthday is on Sunday.