Aquinnah

So I hear we’re in for more snow. Enough already, I say. Not that anyone’s listening. It’s almost Easter: isn’t it bad luck or something if it snows around Easter?

The MV Film Festival was this past weekend and it was delightful. I saw lots of Aquinnah people volunteering, watching movies, and just hanging out in the Hay Café. Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth were on hand to take many pictures. Kate Taylor introduced the film “Muscle Shoals” about a famous music studio in Alabama. And Buddy and Lisa Vanderhoop, Nonie Madison and Alex Taylor all came to catch some movies.

The Aquinnah Library is hosting a kids’ movie night with pizza at 5 pm tonight. The Chilmark Library is hosting sessions of “Getting to know your new CLAMS library system,” which our library director, Lisa Sherman, will be leading. There is no need to sign up, and it is open to anyone who wants to come in and learn how to set up an online account, navigate, and place orders on the CLAMS catalog website. Drop in on Wednesday March 27, or April 3, from 5 to 6 pm.

The Aquinnah Library is very excited to be going live with CLAMS on Tuesday, April 2. Patrons are able to come in now and set up their CLAMS account if they wish, and the CLAMS cards have arrived.

At Pathways tonight Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth of FILM-TRUTH Productions will host Digital Visions from 7 to 9 pm. They will be showing short films from the “Sustainable Vineyard” series. One of the films they will show is “Island Grown Schools – Planting a Seed for the Next Generation,” an 18-minute documentary about the local farm-to-school program on Martha’s Vineyard.

This Sunday, March 24, Palm Sunday Worship Service will be at 9 am at the Community Baptist Church of Gay Head. Next Friday, March 29, at 7 pm will be the Good Friday Service at the church. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call the Community Baptist Church office at 508-693-1539.

Come to the Duck Inn this Sunday at 1 pm to help decorate eggs for the giant Easter egg hunt that will happen on Easter Sunday, which this year falls on March 31. The egg hunt will start promptly at 1 pm.

Looking for some peace and balance amidst the busy pressures of everyday Island life? More harmony at work and home? Meditation classes with Dr. Elliott Dacher can provide the tools. Registration is under way for spring classes eight consecutive Wednesdays beginning March 27, from 6 to 8:15 pm, at the M.V. Hospital Medical Staff Library. The classes are sponsored jointly by the M.V. Hospital and the YMCA. For more information or to register contact Brooke Emin: MVHmeditation@partners.org or 508-862-1940.

The next Blood Pressure and Health Counseling Clinic will be held in the Town Hall in Aquinnah on Thursday, April 1, from 2 to 3 pm. Free and open to all Aquinnah residents. If you have questions contact the Town Nurse, Mary E. McLaughlin, RN at 781-534-2543.

Jim Wallen returned from six weeks in India at the beginning of March. He traveled for a month with his wife, Kathleen (Smith), who is teaching in Taichung, Taiwan. They met their son Zach in Gulmarg, Kashmir, who happened to be skiing in the Himalayas. Jim later met up with Zach and two friends, Daniel Summers and Sam Bove, both from Vermont, in Dibrugarh, Assam in Northeast India. They were building a 16-foot sailing dory to cruise 1,200 kilometers (approx. 746 miles) through Assam and Bangladesh, down the Brahmaputra River. They left on March 5, sent off by the people of Amari Ghat, the fishing village where they built the boat. There was quite a grand fete. So far they have gone about 300 kilometers, camping on the river bank at night, and sailing or rowing by day. They went through Karizanga National Park, a wildlife sanctuary and have seen tigers and water buffalo and they encountered a 60 mph sandstorm and almost lost the boat ( sounds terrifying to me). Zach will be returning to the U.S. on March 25, leaving Sam and Daniel to continue the voyage. Good luck to all of them.

Happy Birthday to Dan Sauer and Christina Vasquez who both celebrate on Saturday. And a very happy birthday to my fellow Aquinnah columnist, June Manning, whose birthday is Tuesday, March 26.