This week begins the great February exodus that happens every year. School vacation starts next week, but sometimes one week is not enough, so some people leave this week for two weeks of vacation in all. But do not despair, there are plenty of activities scheduled for the upcoming vacation week should you happen to be here.

Tonight at 5 pm, the Aquinnah Library will host another children’s movie night; pizza and veggies will be served.

Also happening this evening, February 21, from 7 to 9 pm, Richard Skidmore will host Digital Visions/Creating Reality at Pathways (at the Chilmark Tavern). Richard will premiere his 30-minute videography of Paula Josa-Jones’s choreography “Ride.” Jeremy Mayhew will be showing four short films that he made and Bob Kimberly will present vignettes illustrating a range of special effects captured from reflective surfaces in New York City.

On Saturday, February 23, from 7 to 9 pm at Pathways David Stanwood will host an evening of music that was supposed to happen earlier in the month and then got snowed out. Guests include: singer-songwriters Alex Karalekas, Alysse Fischer, and Jason Nichols; Dukes County Love Affair (DCLA), and Phil DeRosa Admission is free to both events and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 508-645-9098, or email

Sassafras will be up and running during vacation week, offering some great connection time for kids, adults, and the beautiful nature of Martha’s Vineyard. This Sunday February 24, there will be Dirt-Time from 1 to 4 pm Crafts, Skills, Stories around the Fire. This program is geared towards adults; parents are welcome to bring an older child who can focus on a craft or skill independently. $25 for adults (no extra charge for children). On Tuesday, Feb. 26, there will be Outdoor Homeschool and Squirrels/Coyotes from 9 am to 3 pm. During vacation time Sassafras opens up their ongoing outdoor Homeschool Program for children aged 6 to 13. Bring a lunch. $35 for the day. On Sunday, March 3, there will be Wild Families from 1 to 3:30 pm for all ages. Whole families are welcome for old-fashioned outdoor family time with games, story time, and learning. $25 for the whole family. For details on these and all programs at Sassafras contact Saskia Vanderhoop at 508-645-2008 or go to

This is happening after vacation week at ACE-MV on Tuesday, March 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm: Wampanoag Cooking with Kristina Hook-Leslie at Edgartown School. Kristina is an expert in this field, and I’m sure this is a fascinating class. Information and registration at or 774-310-1131.

Congratulations to Aquinnah resident Fynn Monahan, who is the runner up in the Chilmark School spelling bee. The Island-wide spelling bee will take place on Friday, March 22. If for any reason Dash Christy (winner of the Chilmark School spelling bee) is unable to attend, then Fynn will take his place. Congratulations also to Virginia Yorke who broke ground on her house last month. After many years in Aquinnah Virginia will have a home of her own. If all goes well she should be in by June.

And just when we thought that the flu might be behind us there seem to be a couple more viruses making the rounds. One is a sore throat that is presenting like strep but isn’t, and then there is a stomach bug as well. Try and stay healthy so you can enjoy that vacation.