The wind is whipping through the barren trees, Chilmark Chocolates is closing down for a month, and everyone (or what seems like everyone) is abandoning their homes for someplace warm and sunny; it must be February in Aquinnah. I’m surprised I actually have news from Aquinnah to report: I was afraid I was just going to have to rehash the Grammy awards (go Adele!).

June Manning let me know that the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living provides round-trip medical taxi service from Woods Hole to various medical appointments in Falmouth, Mashpee, Sandwich, and Hyannis at a much-reduced rate. The funding for this popular program is nearly depleted, even though there is still six months to go on the program. If you can make a donation of any size to keep this going please send to: MV Center for Living, Box 1729, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. All gifts are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

Sassafras will host an off-Island field trip with Mark Morey for adults and families this weekend; go to for all the details. Then, programming will suspend until March 10 as Saskia and Nanawe are headed to Holland. On Saturday, March 10, there will be a maple sapping program and a new program will debut on Sunday, March 11: Dirt Time for Adults. This program will be held every second Sunday of the month from 1 to 4 pm. Have a great trip, ladies, and I can’t wait to hear about it when you come back.

At the library, Coffee Hour is continuing on Saturdays through March from 10 am to 12 noon (I guess that’s actually coffee 2 hours, or C2H as the kids would say). Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served. And C2H does coincide nicely with story time, which are Saturday mornings from 10:30 to 11 am through February.

Today, February 16, from 5 to 6 pm, the library will show a children’s movie. Bring something soft for your kids to snuggle with; popcorn will be served. The next meeting of the Adult Book Discussion Group will be next Tuesday, February 21, from 5 to 6 pm; deWaal’s “The Hare With Amber Eyes” will be discussed. Copies are available at the library. You can call the library at any time with questions about these programs, 508-645-2314.

Ella Mahoney and Faith Smalley headed to Washington, D.C., on Sunday for one week. They will be meeting with kids from other tribes and tribal elders to get a close-up look at how tribes govern themselves and the programs they offer to their members. Ella promised to tell me all about it when they get back. I must apologize to Katie Carroll’s daughter, Bradley, who I accidentally called, Katie’s son last week. I’m mortified and very sorry, Bradley. Albert Fischer celebrated his birthday this past Monday, I’m sure it took him until today to get through all the birthday greetings on his Facebook page as he knows everyone and is much loved in this community. Happy Birthday, Albert, and may we get to celebrate many more with you.