We have had a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows coming into this new year, with unexpected losses of Islanders who affected many, challenges of health landing friends at MGH, and also joy in celebration of family and friends during the holidays. I want to send healing wishes out to Jackie Morgan, and love to her siblings; we hope she is on the mend. Although we buried Marianne Goldberg last week, her spirit lives on through Pathways and each artist who has been encouraged to foster, nurture, and create. Anyone interested in making a donation in Marianne’s memory can send it to Pathways Project Institute, Ltd., P.O. Box 437, Chilmark, MA 02535-0180. The Pathways season has begun, and will continue to be a beacon of light during the winter months. Check their offerings at pathwaysmv.org or their Facebook page.
On Thursday, Jan. 7th, at 5:30 pm, the Aquinnah Library is hosting a gluten-free baking demo with Juli Vanderhoop of Orange Peel Bakery at the Aquinnah Town Hall. Come learn about and taste some healthy foods after the holidays.
Make beautiful one-of-a-kind prints on paper when you join Seastone Papers’ “Monoprinting with a Gel Plate” workshop on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Layer transparent and opaque colors, play with pattern and textures, learn how to create your own tools and how to use stencils, masks, and stamps in printing. Cost $50, $10 materials fee. To register, or for more information, call 508-693-5786.
Fan Ogilvie, poetry teacher and workshop leader, and former West Tisbury poet laureate, will exhibit her most recent paintings, and everyone is welcome to join her for a reception on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 4 to 5 pm at the West Tisbury library. Fan will also have copies of her just-off-the-press poetry book for sale. The exhibit is up all of January.
By now the posters are up showcasing another great lineup of Island talent for Saturday night’s Potluck Jam, Jan. 9 beginning at 5 pm at the Chilmark Community Center.
There’s no better time to join in the fun than Saturday, Jan. 9, at the ongoing monthly Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard potluck supper, held this month at Suzan Bellincampi and Jean-Marc Dupon’s home. For more info and to learn how to become involved, see slowfoodmv.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to attend.
Join the Vineyard Conservation Society Winter Walk, Sunday, Jan. 10, from 1 to 3 pm at the 512-acre Frances Newhall Woods Preserve off North Road in West Tisbury. Come enjoy one of the largest intact ecosystems on our Island, including at least eight distinct natural communities, ten different soil types, and more than 200 plant and animal species. The walk lasts up to two hours, followed by cider and cookies. Please dress for the weather, and keep dogs on leashes. Parking is off North Road, about one mile from its West Tisbury end; look for VCS signs and flags on the south side of the road.
Fiber Folks’ monthly get-together for all handcrafters — knitting, spinning, embroidery, crochet, quilting — is happening on Sunday, Jan. 10 from 1 to 4 pm at the Ag Hall. Bring any project to work on, or drop by for a visit.
Soup Suppers at the Chilmark Community Church welcome all on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm.
Come to the visioning session at the Chilmark Town Hall on Jan. 12 at 6:30 pm to discuss parking, pedestrian, and traffic problems of Menemsha.