Winter seems to have arrived in Aquinnah in earnest this week with temperatures in the low 30s at night and at times not much higher in the day. We went up to the Cliffs on Sunday to play a little football with some friends, but it was so cold we did not stay that long and there were a few trips to the car to warm up. Then we got to go home and watch the real football and what a crazy game that was. A win by one point in the last minute of the game? Seriously, the Patriots are making for very exciting TV this season, if nothing else.
The countdown to Christmas has begun and there are many Christmas themed activities this weekend. The big one of course is Christmas in Edgartown, one of the events of which is the Elves Faire fundraiser for Plum Hill School. There are also lots of holiday sales up, the Winter Farmer’s Market in West Tisbury, Peacecraft in Vineyard Haven and the holiday sale at Featherstone. Remember that Chilmark Chocolates closes on December 18. That’s next Wednesday, y’all.
This Saturday at the Library the craft will be stamp and make your own wrapping paper and cards from 12 noon to 3 pm. This is so much fun, Barbara Lampson did it last year at the library and everyone had a great time.
If you like a little politics with your holiday cheer, the MV Dems will meet on Saturday, 9–10:30 am, at the Howes House in West Tisbury.
Saskia Vanderhoop said that the Jazz-Fire-Pot-Luck held over Thanksgiving weekend at Sassafras was a huge success. They will hold another musical potluck on the Solstice, December 21 at sunset. Sassafras kids will perform and perhaps adults (if they dare). For all details call Saskia at 50 -645-2008 or go to sassafrasmvy.org.
Pathways Gathering Space at the Chilmark Tavern will hold their Season Opening Celebration on Wednesday, December 18, 6–8:30 pm. You can come to hear what our local artists/writers/performers have been up to.
Calling all poets! The MV Institute for Creative Writing and the MV Poetry Society along with the Save the Gay Head Light Committee present “The Lighthouse Poetry Project.” If you have a poem or song about our lighthouse or would like to write one, now’s your chance to get it seen. Submissions are due by January 1 and accepted works will be published next spring. You can find out the details on the website gayheadlighthouse.org under the events page. You can email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There have been quite a few sightings of a snowy owl on Red Sand Beach and at West Basin. I have only seen pictures, but it is quite beautiful.
Skyler Ignacio-Cameron is recuperating from his knee surgery last week. Get well soon, Skyler! Sasha Gerhard turned seven over the weekend and her parents threw her a beautiful party. Kudos to Marc Cooper who decorated and turned their home into an undersea enclave complete with lots of blue balloons, blue sea glass, and blue spangly things that looked like very pretty seaweed that grows on the ocean floor. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen lovelier party decorations.