Aquinnah: Welcome February

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This mystery painting hangs above the DVD section in the Aquinnah library. Does anyone know who painted it? Photo by Molly Purves

Welcome February, the beginning of the loneliest, most desperate months on the Vineyard. At least the weather has not been as hideous as it was last year, and you can still get out and walk on the beach or in the woods. There is of course the Super Bowl this Sunday, and while I am very disappointed that the Pats are not there as they were last year, I will watch, if only to see the Broncos get beaten. Go Panthers (this is the only time you will hear me say this).

It’s not all closed down up at the Cliffs! Monday-Friday from 11 am to 2 pm, Jason Widdiss has Wayward Wampum open. You can stop in for snacks, hot dogs, a chat, or some wampum. The word on the street is that they have cribbage too. It has instantly become the place to hang in Aquinnah.

At the library, Story Time will be held on Thursday at 3:30 pm. This Saturday, Feb. 6, from 11 am to 3 pm, the craft will be “Paper Plate Monsters.” Does anyone know who painted the painting above the DVD section in the library? I have attached a picture of it here. The staff get so many compliments on it, but do not know who painted it. If you know, kindly contact the library at 508-645-2314.

Who says there’s nothing to do up-Island in the winter? There’s a dance party at the Chilmark Community Center this Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 pm, presented by the Yard. Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish will play; tickets are $10 each.

Julian Cyr, a Cape resident who is running for State Senate, will be talking about his candidacy at the Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard meeting on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Howes House (across from Alley’s General Store) in West Tisbury. The meeting is from 9 am to 10:30 am.

Our current senator, Dan Wolf, has decided not to run again. And in other election news, the Massachusetts presidential primaries are March 1. The Aquinnah Democratic Town Committee Caucus is scheduled for the day before, Monday, Feb. 29, at 7 pm at the Aquinnah Town Hall. There will be a potluck supper beforehand, starting at 6 pm. For more information, you can contact Megan Ottens-Sargent at 508-645-2776.

If you are interested in the Martha’s Vineyard specialty license plates, they will only be available for order through mvlicenseplate.com through Friday, Feb. 19. Once the application process has been taken over by the RMV, those interested in ordering a plate will have to wait until the plates are available through the RMV website and at designated Massachusetts RMV branches, which could be later this summer. “Thanks to the RMV, we have been granted a final deadline of Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, to collect any last-minute applications and payments,” said Wiet Bacheller, Martha’s Vineyard License Plate Committee co-chair. “After this date we can no longer accept applications nor assign license plate numbers. Everything will be directly controlled by the RMV from that day forward.”