Welcome to February, the worst month on the Island. Everyone knows [a]that, it’s only 28 days long but it feels like 65. Even the dumptique is closed for the entire month (those ladies are no fools). The weather is terrible and the Island population feels like it shrinks down to about five people.

Thank goodness Chilmark Chocolates has reopened after being closed since before Christmas: at least the long days can be a little sweeter. And thank goodness also for the Aquinnah Library, which provides a place for us to gather and things for us to do. The open house this past Saturday sponsored by the Friends of the Aquinnah Library was especially pleasant and relaxing. Everyone brought food (great Greek salad, Theresa Manning!) and sat and talked while the kids played outside or looked for books or played computer games for as long as they could. Angie Waldron stopped by and was greeted with a chorus of “Happy Birthdays” as Saturday was her day, she stayed at the library for a bit chatting with everyone and reading the paper and then headed off to a birthday dinner with her daughter, Nonie’s, family.

Tonight there will be “dinner and a movie” for kids at 5 pm at the Aquinnah Library. Next Thursday, February 13, at 5 pm there will be a chocolate tasting at the library complete with beverages and a romantic movie.

I got this reminder from June Manning for elders in the community to join in the fun at the Up-Island Council on Aging Thursday luncheons for $2 each. Please call by Monday to reserve a space at 508-693-2896 and get details on location and time. You can stay after the lunch for conversation or a game of Scrabble.

The Chilmark Outing Program/PTO fundraiser is this Saturday at 7 pm; come to the Chilmark Community Center to dance away the winter blues with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, eat some great desserts, and bid on fabulous items in both the live and silent auctions.

Lisa Vanderhoop will have an art exhibit up at the Chilmark branch of the Santander bank through the month of February. In addition she will be selling her Valentine’s Day cards and calendars there so it’s worth a stop to take care of your Valentine. Do it now before you forget!

If you are politically inclined, leaders of the new organization 350 Martha’s Vineyard Island (350MVI) will be guests of the Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard (a.k.a. MVDems) this Saturday, 9–10:30 am, at the Howes House in West Tisbury. 350MVI leaders will describe the Island chapter and the work they’ve been doing to address climate change and to create a website ( as a resource for organizations interested in conserving a healthy environment for the Vineyard.  Topics such as new parking at Squibnocket, the health of waters surrounding the Island, Vineyard Power, and Monsanto/GMO will kick off a discussion about what MVDems can do — both as individuals and as an organization — to collaborate with and extend 350MVI’s work. All are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact MVDems at

The Chilmark Community Church will sponsor a one-time class to learn how to make kimchi. It will be held at the Chilmark Community Church Fellowship Hall on Thursday, February 13, at 6 pm. Please bring: large bowl, cutting board, knife, and quart-sized take-home container (the class is free, but donations are welcome for ingredients). Please pre-register with Pastor Seongmoon Ahn at 508-955-9144 or

Congratulations to Tom Seeman and Marsha Shufrin whose first grandchild, Ava Louise Dubno, was born in Manhattan on January 9, the daughter of Jessica Seeman and Andrew Dubno.

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