Aquinnah: Pass by Pathways

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Congratulations to everyone who ran the Boston marathon this past Monday. Although the weather was terrible, people still ran, and even more people came out to watch. I don’t quite understand the phenomenon of either running or watching marathons, since the thought of running more than a mile makes me short of breath, but I do recognize that it is a great accomplishment.

The library will have a craft every day they are open for vacation week. On Tuesday it will be clothespin birds, on Thursday it’s Cray pas drawing, and Saturday it’s troll making. Also on Saturday at 2 pm is Jen Burkin’s Acrylic Landscape Painting Workshop. Please call the library at 508-645-2314 to sign up or come into the library to leave your name at the desk. This is a popular class that fills up.

The League of Women Voters of Martha’s Vineyard is sponsoring an Aquinnah voter forum prior to the local election. The public is invited to attend and listen to their candidates as they present their positions and to ask questions. There are contested races for the board of selectmen this year, and there should be some lively discussions. The forum will be held at the Aquinnah Old Town Hall on Saturday, May 5, at 3 pm.

At Pathways this week: On Thursday, April 19, the documentary, “Chasing Coral” will be shown. It’s about the death of coral reefs around the world. Doors open at 6:30 pm, the film will run from 7:30 to 9 pm. On Friday, April 20, Pathways will host the final dance event of their season. There will be performances by Abby Bender and Leah Crosby, Sandy Broyard and Ted Box, David Stanwood and Susan Puciul, and Corinne de Langavant. After the Performances, “We Dance!” with DJ Ricky Prime; come prepared to move. Doors open at 6:30, program runs 7 to 9 pm.

On Saturday, April 21, at Pathways, Corinne de Langavant will lead a workshop on skating, on ice or pavement, geared for adults. The workshop is titled, “Skaters Have Better Figures,” and will be held from 1 to 3 pm.

Corinne’s methods, developed and tested at the University of Montreal and McGill over 13 years’ time, are easy and effective. No previous experience necessary, and registration is not required, but it is encouraged. Call if you have any questions: 508-423-9566.

On Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5:30 pm, there will be a Poetry Workshop with Anne-Marie Fyfe. The theme will be the sea. There will be writing tasks, exercises, and time for reading and positive feedback from the other participants. On Sunday, April 22, in the evening, Anne-Marie Fyfe presents an evening on writers and the sea, from great novelists, travel writers and poets of the past to local poets. The program starts at 7 pm and is titled, “The Voyage Out: Poetry, Prose, Music & Memoir.” There are two weeks left to knit with the Monday Knitting Group at Pathways, which meets from 1 to 3 pm. The group is led by Rebecca Gilbert.

On Tuesday, April 24, Ken and Liz Wentworth will discuss several of their projects during the “Ocean Themed Short Films” program at 7 pm. The last event of the season at Pathways will be next Thursday, April 26, and then the Chilmark Tavern will take the space and it will be open before you know it.

The Vineyard Conservation Society (VCS) is holding its 26th annual beach cleanup this Saturday, April 21, from 10 am to noon. Aquinnah beaches include Lobsterville, tribal beaches, and Philbin. Please take note that the afterparty has changed location to the Oak Bluffs Sailing Camp. Festivities begin at noon, and all beach volunteers are welcome to come for some refreshments and raffle! A full list of beaches and more information is available at vineyardconservation.org.

Bonnie Menton will be teaching a yoga class on Saturday mornings at 8:30 at the town hall in Aquinnah. The class will start on April 21, and will cost $15 per class.

The second annual Spectrum (LGBTQ) Film Festival will start on Thursday, April 26, and conclude on Sunday, April 29. All films and events take place at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven. Tickets are available at mvfilmsociety.com/spectrumfilmfestival/. There are some great films in the lineup, and the festival concludes with a showing of the London production of “Angels in America” that is on Broadway now.