Aquinnah: Desperately seeking spring color


Everyone I speak to in Aquinnah seems to be over winter. I wonder why this is. Could it be the biting wind, the temperature that refuses to stay above 40 degrees for more than a day, or the snow that we got this week (the last week in March by the way)? It could also be the monotony of the landscape.

I love the winter landscape here as I always notice things that are masked by vegetation in the summer but now I find that I’m a little desperate for color. Every green stem coming out of the earth now seems like a cause for celebration. We have crocuses coming up in our yard, and even though they have not bloomed yet, they seem so bold against the gray and brown of the rest of the land.

This Saturday at the Aquinnah Library it is Origami Day for kids from noon-3pm. Next Saturday there will be a master craft class on how to turn plastic bags into fabric. You know I love our library and the ladies who run it, but I must mention the newly reopened West Tisbury Library and say that it is beautiful. If you have not seen it, you are missing out. They did an incredible job and it is quite wonderful.

Spring cleaning alert: Electronics Disposal Day will be Saturday, April 12 from 9am- 2 pm, sponsored by MV Community Services. Come to MVCS at 111 Edgartown/Vineyard Haven Road (across from the high school) and bring your old and tired computers, monitors, televisions, printers, notebooks, copiers, scanners, air conditioners, stereo equipment, dehumidifiers, cell phones, microwaves, fax machines, all refrigerators, washers, dryers and ranges. Prices range from $2 to $30; 10% off for carloads. For info call Mary Korba 508-693-7900, ext: 229 or online

I heard that Saskia and David Vanderhoop had a rocking benefit for Sassafras at their house on Saturday night. There was some funky jazz music and really great food. I hope they raised a lot of money for Sassafras, it is a wonderful program. It is that time of year to start thinking about summer camps and babysitters etc., and Sassafras is a great local option for the month of July. Your child will come home having spent the entire day outside, filled with new knowledge about the outdoors, and most importantly, completely exhausted. I highly recommend it.

Longtime summer resident, Rachel Helena and her son Mikey were here over the weekend to celebrate Mikey’s seventh birthday. There was a trip to Falmouth to bowl and play in the arcade and then Chinese food and ice cream and a sleepover at a friend’s in Aquinnah and then a party the next day. Whew. That sounds like a great birthday and it sure was nice to see some summer friends. Reminds me that it has to get warmer at some point. Speaking of birthdays, a very happy birthday to Jeffie Butler, whose birthday is today, March 27.

I was unable to attend Louis Larsen’s memorial service on Saturday, but I heard it was lovely. I have heard many people telling stories about what a wealth of knowledge Louis had about fishing, and especially fishing here, and what a kind heart he had. Roxanne Ackerman told me he taught her how to shuck scallops, and that he and his family looked out for her when she was young. I know that he will be missed and that a little bit of “real Vineyard” or “old Vineyard” or whatever you want to call it has gone with him.

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