Josh Montoya gave niece Madison Pittman a fun ride at the Duck Inn annual Easter egg hunt. — Photo by Elise LeBovit

I spent the past weekend in Vermont, where it actually snowed. It didn’t accumulate, but it definitely snowed. I was so glad to return home and see all the signs of spring that I had been taking for granted. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend no matter which holiday you celebrated, and that it was filled with family and fun, and hopefully not too much candy. I asked my son’s teacher how Monday (the day after Easter) went and she made a little face and said, “It was definitely the day after Easter, there was a little holiday hangover.” I have hidden the Easter candy from my son and from myself as well.

The blood pressure clinic will be held today, Thursday, April 12 from 2 to 3 pm at the town hall. This is a free service to all residents of Aquinnah. If you have any questions, call 781-534-2543.

Extremely talented singer/songwriter Lexie Roth has recorded a new album and would love to print it on vinyl and cd, but she needs a little help financially. If you would like to support her, go to and make a donation by 7:30 pm today, April 12. Go Lexie!

There will be Chilmark School PTO family dance party this Friday, April 13, from 6 to 8 pm at the Chilmark Community Center. This is not a fundraiser, just an opportunity to come and dance with your family and our community and have some fun. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

On Saturday, April 21, from 10 am to 12 noon, The Vineyard Conservation Society will hold the 20th annual beach cleanup in honor of Earth Day. Volunteers will be standing by to assist in the clean up at Lobsterville, Philbin and all tribal beaches. Following the cleanup there will be pizza and refreshments from Flatbread Co. served at Tisbury Wharf Co. in Vineyard Haven.

Of course, the great event of the spring was this past weekend: the Duck Inn Easter Egg Hunt. I was so disappointed that I could not make it, but I got the lowdown from Elise and by checking out all the very cute pictures on Facebook. Elise said that this was the largest one yet; both of her fields were filled with cars. Most of the kids in Aquinnah came and some, Waylon and Amos Sauer and Fiona Brown, really dressed up. The Smith kids were there with Clyde’s best friend, Jack and Elise told me that Claus has been dying eggs for the event since he was a baby.

Although the event was “huge,” there were no tears and the word on the street is that all the kids understood the spirit of the event and helped out those who were younger or not as adept at hunting. Isabelle found the golden egg, Ana Lee Hoy found the silver, and Madeline Pittman and her uncle Josh found the copper egg.

Elise would like to thank Cali Giglio and her mom Lauren, who helped behind the scenes; Rachel Baird, from Vermont, for the bunny piñ;ata and deviled eggs; Mary Dacey for her fabulous carrot, lemon, and chocolate cakes. Yum! And a great big thanks to all the egg hiders, Elizabeth Pickett, Richard and Hudson Lee, Mary Dacey, Rachel Baird, and all the kids who dyed eggs and helped hide them. Some odd objects were found during the hunt: a piece of iron from an old bed and some deer antlers. There was also a dress up game that was played and some of Elise’s clothes went missing: if you have any of them (especially her polka dot leggings) and could return them to her that would be much appreciated.

The Aquinnah library held a casual, candy-free egg hunt on Saturday and there was a nice turnout for that as well. After looking in the yard and on the deck for eggs the kids came in and colored Easter pictures.

This has been a wonderful spring for weather so far, and today as I got home I noticed the smell of lilacs along my walkway. They aren’t in bloom yet but they are budding.