While I'm enjoying this warm weather, I do find it disturbing that it is this warm in November. Remember when it would get cold and stay cold until winter was over? You might have the odd warm day but nothing like this. Those days are over, aren't they? We still have our outdoor shower on. And we're using it!
There will be a blood pressure clinic today at the town hall from 2 to 3 pm. If you have questions call town nurse Mary E. McLaughlin, RN, at 781-534-2543.
There is a special town meeting tonight at 7 pm (who says there's nothing to do in Aquinnah in the winter?). It is to vote on seven articles of the bookkeeping variety, nothing too controversial, but we of course need a quorum, so please come.
Phil Weinstein, just back from Rome, will resume his course on the short story at the Vineyard Haven Library on November 20 at 7 pm. He will be discussing Raymond Carver's "Cathedral."
Sassafras is offering a "try-it-out session" at a discounted rate for families with young children wanting to connect with nature. It is on Sunday afternoon, December 2, from 1 to 3 pm at their tipi. There will be games, a fire, and stories. Sassafras will be offering six family sessions the first Sunday of the month. Starting with this session, topics will cover outdoor cooking, survival skills, nature observation and tracking, wandering and orientation, and songs and stories. Contact Saskia Vanderhoop for prices and details at 508-645-2008.
Hospice of Martha's Vineyard will present Handmade from the Heart again this Christmas season. All local artisans from candlestick makers to bakers are invited to contribute to this holiday fundraiser.. Hospice is seeking any unique, handmade items, including jewelry, needlepoint, knitted items, paintings, photographs, Christmas ornaments, and more. The items will be sold at the Dr. Daniel Fisher House in Edgartown on December 8 from 10 am to 3 pm. All proceeds go directly to their patient care, which is provided for free. Anyone interested in donating to "Handmade from the Heart" can call the Hospice office, 508-693-0189, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome back to the Gerhards who just returned from a month-long trip to Spain, we missed seeing you around town and especially during Halloween. Welcome back also to Nonie and Dan Sauer who spent the weekend volunteering in New York City doing hurricane cleanup. They also collected supplies at their store, 7a to donate. Well done Nonie and Dan and all who donated items.
Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday night to help me celebrate my birthday and let me tell you something, those Aquinnah ladies can dance — don't let them fool you.
Congratulations to Trudy Taylor, Kate Taylor's mother and Liz Witham's grandmother, who turned 90 last week. She is still going strong, living on her own and staying busy.