I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day — or ignored it in a pleasant way.

I have to put a plug in for the Vineyard staycation: the Harbor View Hotel ran a special for Valentine’s Day with a very affordable rate that included dinner for two at their restaurant. I went with my husband, and it was fabulous. We felt like we were away from it all and it made me remember one of the reasons the Vineyard is such a great vacation place. They run specials like this one regularly, so keep your eye out. We all know Aquinnah is the most beautiful spot on the Island, but it’s nice to get out sometimes.

Have you been to Josh Aronie’s food truck in front of the Chilmark Store Monday-Friday at lunch time? You must try it; everything is delicious and it’s more or less in our backyard.

The Aquinnah Public Library will host a pizza and movie night for kids today, Thursday, February 20, at 5 pm.  During the week of February vacation (next week) there will be a Lego challenge on Tuesday, February 25, at 2 pm and another pizza and movie night on Thursday, February 27, at 5 pm. Remember also that for the rest of February you can bring in some nonperishable items for the Food Pantry and get your library fines wiped clean.

There is a lot going on down at the Pathways space at the Chilmark Tavern, and many Aquinnah people are involved. Tonight,  Richard Skidmore will host: “Digital Visions: Creating Realities” from 6:30 to 9 pm. Artists will showcase work illustrating what digital media makes possible, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers: Richard Skidmore, Valerie Sonnenthal, Graham Smith, and Arleen Schloss.

Carlos and Christina Montoya will participate in “Connecting Creations, A Multi-Arts Performance Evening and Visual Arts Installation” on Saturday, February 22, from 6:30 to 9 pm.

On Friday, February 21, 3:30-4:30 pm, Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will host Memory Café with Michael Haydn on piano in the Recreation Room. This is a community event open to Islanders with memory loss and their caregivers. This is an opportunity to socialize and enjoy light entertainment and refreshments.  No RSVP required. If you have any questions call Mary Holmes at 508-862-1933 or email her at

A recent resignation has left Aquinnah short on representation to the M.V. Commission. If any resident is interested in serving the town on this important regional body until December 2014, please contact Planning Board Chairman Peter Temple at 508-645-3256.

As part of the Save the Gay Head Light effort, The Lighthouse Poetry Project is going to classrooms across the Island to inform students about the need to prevent the lighthouse from toppling into the sea, and to ground them in its history so that they understand and are excited by its importance. They will then be encouraged to produce an original work of poetry or artwork. Educator and poet Fan Ogilvie will lead the students in poetic writing exercises, and Gay Head Lighthouse keeper Richard Skidmore will speak of the history of the Light and illustrate his talk with images from the 1880s to the present day. So far, a presentation has been held at the Chilmark School and the students are now working on their responses to the danger facing Gay Head Light. The keepers, Richard Skidmore and Joan LeLacheur, will meet with the students on February 21 to see and hear their efforts on behalf of the Lighthouse. Similar presentations will be made to fifth and sixth graders at the Charter School as well as to sophomores at the high school.

Sad news: Chilmark Chocolates is now closed until March 20.