The long holiday weekend was marred only by the Patriots losing the AFC championship to the Denver Broncos on Sunday. So, our football season is over. The game was not even close: it seemed like Peyton Manning had it over the Pats right from the start. Tom Brady’s passing was very inconsistent and they just couldn’t stop the Broncos.

Now that football season is over what will I watch? The Oscars are coming up and the new season of “Girls” has started, but we are now into the real deep winter of the Island where it feels deserted and the days just seem like variations of long, cold, icy, and snowy, and I might need a tv/movie project. Like watching every episode of Barney Miller or a Mathew McConaughey marathon. Something like that.

The West Tisbury School’s Fourth Grade Theater Project is performing two community performances of their original production, “Shakespeare Strikes Back,” next weekend. The performances are Friday, January 24, at 6 pm and Saturday, January 25, at 4:30 pm. Both showings will be at the Chilmark Community Center. Admission is free, but please consider bringing a food item for the Food Pantry. Come see Aquinnah fourth graders, Mae Baird, Peyton Jeffers, and Max Suman perform.

Feeling the chill this winter? The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee is holding a raffle this month for 100 gallons of propane and 100 gallons of heating oil generously donated by Vineyard Propane. Raffle tickets can be purchased at down-island Cronig’s from 11 am to 4 pm on January 19, 25, and 31 and February 1 for $5, or five chances for $20. The winning name will be drawn on February 1. All the money raised will go to the Save the Gay Head Lighthouse fund. The volunteers of the fund are also looking for additional help this month. If you are interested please contact Berta Welch at

Today at the Aquinnah Public Library at 5 pm, there will be dinner and a movie for kids. Pizza and veggie snacks will be served. On Saturday at noon there will be a master craft class on candle making which will explore making different kinds of candles.

On Tuesday, January 28, there will be a movie for grown-ups at 5 pm. The library will show “Forks Over Knives,” a well-known movie exploring the benefits of a plant-based diet. There will be a vegetarian potluck based on recipes from the cookbook that goes along with the movie, the following week, on February 4 at 5 pm. Stop by the library for a recipe.

The story book character Biscuit will be a guest at the Aquinnah Public Library next Thursday at 3:30 pm. Bring your little ones to meet this cute, cuddly dog. There will be stories and refreshments.

On Saturday, February 1, 1–3 pm, there will be a winter open house at the library sponsored by the Friends of the Aquinnah Public Library. Refreshments will be served. Please stop by and visit with your friends and neighbors, and you can also learn about what the Friends do for the library.

Jim Wallen is off in Bali right now. I hope you are having fun, Jim, while we are all freezing here in Aquinnah!