I hope everyone enjoyed the snowy weekend, while it did cause some disruption. Both the Aquinnah and Chilmark libraries remained closed on Thursday and school was cancelled on Friday. I know many kids had a lot of fun with the snow lasting as long as it did. Because Friday was so cold, we limited our outdoor time but did manage to make a sledding foray down-Island. On Saturday many kids gathered at Anja May’s house for an all-day sled-a-thon. There was also some fort and snow cave building throughout the weekend. There is nothing like playing in the snow to tire out young kids (and adults).

In the reference to the affordable housing effort in Aquinnah in last week’s paper, the email address for Carolyn Feltz was incorrect. Her correct address is

On Saturday, the library will have a Legos build-a-thon! Bring in your favorite Legos and join in the fun, or you can also make a duct-tape pencil holder if you are so inclined. Barbara Lampson is on vacation until January 14, so Giulia will run story time on Thursday at 3:30 pm in her absence.

Sassafras is offering many winter programs, beginning this weekend. They will be offering a tracking workshop on January 25, from 1-4 pm. Go to their website at for all the details or you can call Saskia directly at 508-645-2008.

Dan Wolf, state senator for the Cape and Islands, will be a guest this Saturday, January 11, of the MVDems (Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard). The meeting will be held at the Howes House in West Tisbury, 9–10:30 am, right across from Alley’s General Store.

Senator Wolf will discuss key legislative issues for the Island and the Commonwealth. The meeting will also identify priority issues for the gubernatorial candidates to address. All are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact MVDems at

The Federated Church is holding an All Church Cabaret this Saturday, at 7:30 pm. There is a $15 admission fee and appetizers and beverages will be available for purchase. Peter Boak will be at the piano and Jay Banks will emcee. All proceeds will directly benefit the Haiti Peace Quilts mission and the Federated Church.

Most importantly, the Patriots will play the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday at 8:15 pm at Gillette Stadium for their first playoff game of the post-season. Go Pats!

The Newmans hosted both their children and their grandchildren over the holiday week. Their son Peter started a new job in a new state this past fall. Peter and his family moved from Colorado to Pennsylvania where Peter is now teaching at Penn State, which he really enjoys. Everyone in the family seems to like the new place and they are glad to be closer to Jim and Kathy. They can now drive to visit them rather than flying. I know everyone is happy about that.

Woody Vanderhoop will be part of an Arts and Global Community Connection Series offered through ACE-MV in February. The series is on Thursday nights starting on February 6. Go to to register. Happy Birthday to Woody’s sister, Faith Vanderhoop whose birthday is Wednesday. 7A is closed from now until April 1 to give its owners, Nonie Madison and Dan Sauer, some much-needed down time. I myself will miss the chicken salad and the meatballs, but I understand the need to take a break: every time I went in there this summer and much of the fall it was packed.