All right, Chilmark Chocolates is closed until early February, and I’m all out: who’s holding? I know someone has a stash somewhere in this town. Don’t be stingy, it’s wintertime in Aquinnah, and you gotta be neighborly. I won’t take too many, nor will I tell anyone else about your supply. Trust me: I’m the town columnist, I can keep a secret. Just a dark almond butter crunch, or a Tashmoo truffle, a little something to take the edge off winter… please? Call or email me, we’ll arrange a meeting place.

Feeling the stress of winter economics? The blood pressure clinic is today, January 19, from 2 to 3 pm in the Town Hall. Free and open to all residents of Aquinnah.

Today Thursday, January 19, from 5 to 6 pm, the Aquinnah Library will be showing short movies for kids. Bring a blankie and cuddle up. There will be another kid’s screening on February 16. Movies for adults will be Thursday, January 26, from 5 to 7 pm, February 9, and February 23. Just a reminder that the Monthly Trustee Meeting will be Tuesday, January 24, from 1 to 2:30 pm. The public is welcome to attend.

Due to the insanely frigid weather last weekend Saskia Vanderhoop’s Animal Skins Workshop (skins freeze, did you know that? I did not) has been changed to this weekend, Sunday January 22, 1 to 4 pm at the Tipi. Prices are $25 per person, $35 per parent and child $40 max per family. This looks like a very informative workshop; skins will be worked on in various stages, with and without fun and Saskia will take you through the beginning of the tanning process. The workshop is for adults and kids that can handle knives responsibly. For all the details, call Saskia at 508-645-2008 or 774-563-0628 or go to the website,

Holly Bario, Nonie Madison’s cousin who grew up in West Tisbury, was sitting front and center at the Golden Globes this past weekend. She works with Steven Spielberg at Dreamworks Studios. How cool is that?

Nonie and Dan’s business 7A has had a great first season and they will remain open through mid-February and then re-open in the spring.

And now begins the true hunkering down of winter in Aquinnah. Everyone squirreled away only popping up periodically at Cronig’s and the Library to resupply on food and books and movies.