The big news in Aquinnah is that Tobias Vanderhoop is the new chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah. Congratulations to Tobias and everyone that made this possible. This was a race that everyone had a lot invested in and the mood at the celebration party at the Old Town Hall on Sunday night was positively jubilant. Tobias gave a heartfelt thank-you speech and his brother, Tom Fantasia, performed a song that he wrote just for the occasion. Theresa Manning made an incredible amount of delicious food (amazing chicken salad) and of course many people brought dishes and desserts to share. It was obvious from the mood in the room how loved Tobias is and how much the people of this community believe in him. He will definitely need that love and support once the position starts in January and the real hard work of the job begins, but it seems clear that he is very committed to his home and his tribe and will serve with dedication.

There will be a memorial service for Doris Hamel of Lighthouse Road, Friday, November 29, at 1 pm at the Gay Head Baptist Church. Every year much of Doris’s family has gathered in Aquinnah to celebrate Thanksgiving with her, so they are gathering together again and her service is the day after Thanksgiving. Anyone who knew Doris is welcome to attend the service.

The library craft this Saturday is Chanukah Fun from 12 noon to 3 pm. Next week it’s Legos.

There are still a couple of shops open for holiday shopping at the Cliffs, weekends until Thanksgiving. The Winter Farmer’s Market will be this Saturday, from 10 am to 1 pm at the Ag Hall. This is the perfect place to do some holiday shopping, order your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey and buy some fresh local veggies.

Listen up, this is important: here are the holiday hours for Chilmark Chocolates. Next week they will be open on Monday and Tuesday in addition to their regular hours, they will be closed Thanksgiving day. They will resume regular hours after that, the last day that they will be open is December 18. Then they will close for the rest of the year. Get it while you can.

Featherstone is holding their 11th Annual Holiday Gift show starting this Friday, November 22. This is a show that has work from artists around the Island. There will be a Preview Party Friday, 6–8 pm. Refreshments will be served. The gift show will be open every day, except Thanksgiving Day, from November 23 to December 19, 12 noon–4 pm.

A very good time was had by all at the 70’s disco dance party to benefit the Charter School this past Saturday but especially the Aquinnah contingent. People got out their bell bottoms, funky glasses, and cool boots and danced the night away. There was much creativity involved in the costumes. Anja May wore a very colorful velour pantsuit. Robin Smith found a pair of boots at the dumptique and spray painted them gold for the occasion. Of course Lisa Vanderhoop was in costume and taking pictures for the paper. It was decided among the group that I was with that there needs to be a dance party every three weeks or so. It would make the winter so much easier.

Happy birthday to Billie Diamond who turns seven on the 23rd. She celebrated her birthday this past Saturday at the Town Hall with a cake made by her grandmother, Roxanne, and a bouncy house outside.

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