Aquinnah: Hats off


March on Martha’s Vineyard never disappoints. No matter that spring officially starts in mid-March, the weather is always unpredictable, and frequently miserable, as it was over this past weekend. There were power outages all over the Island. Most (but not all power) was restored by Saturday morning in Aquinnah, but that was not the case for other parts of the Island. There were many trees down, including a huge one across from the Orange Peel Bakery. Hats off to our highway department, thank you Jay Smalley and your crew, and to Eversource for clearing the roads quickly and working through the night to restore power. I was very impressed with the cleanup job in Aquinnah, especially the snowplow that got the sand off Lobsterville Road.

At the Aquinnah Public Library this week: There is a movie night for grown- ups tonight, Thursday, at 5 pm at the Old Town Hall. Story Time is on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. Kids Craft time is on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, and the Afterschool Club meets on Tuesday at 4 pm. The final knitting class with Connie Hyde will be Tuesday, March 13, at 6 pm. All materials are provided.

On Thursday, March 8, at Pathways, in honor of International Women’s Day, the all-female program, “Women Live!” hosted by Natasha Taylor will be presented. The program will feature work by Christina Montoya, Holly Jones and Ali Geroche, the MV Fly Girls, Jodie Treloar, Rebecca Sanders, Heidi Carter, Susan Puciul, Leah Littlefield, Basia Jaworska, and the Women’s Art Collaborative. The program runs from 7 to 9 pm in the Pathways space at the Chilmark Tavern.

Friday night at the Chilmark Community Center, Pathways presents “We Dance,” featuring dance performances by the extremely talented Danielle Doell, Leah Crosby, and Abby Bender. After the performances there will be dancing for everyone with music by DJ AP. Come ready to dance the night away from 7 pm to 10 pm.

Saturday night at the Chilmark Community Center is the Spring Fling, sponsored by the Chilmark School PTO. There will be live music performed by Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish, with dancing. There will be many great items and experiences to bid on in the silent and live auctions. There will also be desserts to nibble on, and many friends to catch up with. The Spring Fling tickets are $25 in advance from any Chilmark School family or at the door. Although the money raised goes toward the outing program and the kids of the Chilmark School, no children are allowed at this event (which makes it even better).

The 18th annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival is starting next week. Folks, get your tickets now, it’s a hot lineup of movies. Go to for tickets.

The MVRHS Minnesingers are about to celebrate 50 years! There will be a reunion held during the May spring concerts. To participate (if you are a former Minnesinger), go to the MVRHS Minnesinger 50th reunion group Facebook page and request membership, or do it the old-fashioned way and email Nancy Rogers at

The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group’s Daffodil Time is here. Go to the MV Hospital from 8 am to 3:30 pm on Friday, March 16, and the Edgartown Stop & Shop, Reliable Market in Oak Bluffs, and Cronig’s in Vineyard Haven from 9 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, March 17, to get your daffodils for $10 a bunch. Remember that 100 percent of the proceeds go toward helping patients and their families with expenses they incur due to their cancer.

There are so many March babies in Aquinnah; I’m not sure what that means for us astrologically, but if you see the following people, please wish them a happy birthday: Tiffany Smalley, who celebrates on March 11, Lisa Vanderhoop and Ken Wentworth, both on March 13, and Richard Skidmore, who celebrates on the 14th.