Aquinnah: Some camaraderie

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Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate. There are always things to be thankful for, and there is always more work to be done on oneself and for others. I like that Thanksgiving is a time to be with friends and family and that you don’t have to buy anyone a gift. Although you may end up doing a lot of cooking and/or washing a lot of dishes, there is always something restful about the day. Plus, I love apple pie and football, so basically, it’s one of my favorite days. Here’s to friends and family (both biological and chosen).

Chilmark Community Church UMC will be offering Thanksgiving dinner at 1 pm on Thursday, Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day. The Rev. Charlotte and Don Wright will be cooking. All who need a place to go that day or who may not have family nearby are welcome. Donations or a dish to share would be appreciated, but not necessary. The church is located at 9 Menemsha Crossroads, in Chilmark.

The Aquinnah Public Library will be closed this Thursday, Nov. 23, due to Thanksgiving. They will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 10 am. Story Time will be at 10:30 am, and the Kids Craft will be from 11 am to 3 pm. There will be an Acrylic Landscape Painting Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 5 pm to 6 pm.

Sargent Gallery is having an artists’ reception on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 2 to 5 pm to celebrate Thanksgiving.

They will be open this week from 12 to 5 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Joan LeLacheur will host an Open Studio on Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25, from 11 am to 5 pm. There will be wampum jewelry in new and traditional designs, beads, bracelets, pendants, earrings, and mosaic tiles. Joanie’s studio is located at 42 Old South Rd. in Aquinnah. Call her if you can’t make the open studio but would like to schedule an appointment at 508-645-9954, or email Joanlela57@gmail.com.

There is a Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Pathways this Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Come in and shop; local featured artisans include photographers John Wightman, Allen Look, and Bob Kimberly, jeweler Leah Crosby, Holly Wayman, who makes cards, and Jenny Gomez, who creates fabulous pillows. On Monday the Knitting Group will meet from 1 to 3 pm. The group is led by Rebecca Gilbert, and all levels of knitting, crochet, etc., are welcome. Pathways Living Room Studios are open daily from 11 am to 5 pm, every day except Wednesdays and Sundays. Come in for some camaraderie while you work.

Cat Garfinkle will be offering a Restorative Yoga Workshop this Saturday, November 25 from 3 pm to 5:30 pm at the Yoga Barn. Go to mvyogabarn.com to register. They will be donating 20 percent of the fee to the Island Food Pantry.