Well there’s no getting around it, the next couple of weeks are all about the holidays. Hanukkah started this past Saturday and continues on to the 16th, and Christmas is, well you know, the 25th. The boats have been crowded with shoppers and visitors, not that you can really tell up here. It’s pretty quiet on the roads in Aquinnah.

I did see quite a few up-Islanders in Edgartown this weekend for Christmas in Edgartown. Lisa Vanderhoop was selling her cards and calendars at the Edgartown School, Wendy Swolinzky and her daughter, Whitney, were out shopping, and I saw Noah Manning at the Elves Faire as he finished decorating his gingerbread house.

Lisa Vanderhoop is also selling her wares at the Sail MV art show on Main St. in Vineyard Haven, Joan LeLacheur is holding open studios every Saturday until Christmas at her studio on Old South Road from 10 am to 5 pm (call 508-645-9954 for directions), and John Wightman has many prints, jewelry, and decorative tiles for sale at the Chilmark branch of Bank of Martha’s Vineyard. Be aware that Chilmark Chocolates is closing on December 18 so get your orders in now. You have been warned.

Today from 2 to 3 pm at the town hall is the monthly blood pressure clinic, free to all residents of Aquinnah. Also today is a free talk at the High School sponsored by Community Services. Dr. Maxwell will be speaking about seasonal depression from 5:30 to 7 pm.

The Aquinnah Library now has a Facebook page be sure to “like” it and go there to find out what’s going on at the library. Of course you can still come here to find out, but now you have another option.

The pond is open for commercial scalloping. You can stop by the town hall between 9 am and 4 pm and fill out an application (no renewals). The cost is $200.

If your child would like to participate in the West Tisbury Congregational Church Christmas Pageant, come to the church (with said child) this Sunday at 11 am for a casting meeting. They will need to be available for a dress rehearsal on the 23rd and the pageant on Christmas Eve. Contact Libby Fielder for all the information at or call 508-684-8086.

Santa came a little early for the Sauer children this year in the form of their grandparents, Pat and Terry Sauer, who visited this past weekend from Montana. Waylon and Amos got to celebrate Christmas with them two weeks before the big day. I’m sure there were no complaints about that.

Irina Gerhard turned six this past weekend and she had quite a party. The house was decorated in an explosion of pink and Sasha received her guests wearing a white ballerina-ish looking dress with silver shoulder straps. Since her mother, Irina, is an amazing party planner, a good time was had by parents and children alike, and everyone left before the kids turned ugly — as they sometimes do at these things.