Congratulations to our own very own AFC champions, the Patriots! They will be going to the Super Bowl in a little over a week. While the game against the Colts this past Sunday was not a nail bitter by any stretch, it was nice to see the Pats firing on all cylinders and taking charge of the field. Let’s hope that spark continues when they play the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday. The Seahawks game against favored Green Bay was very exciting, with the Seahawks coming from behind in the last minutes of the game and scoring the winning touchdown in overtime.
Thursday night at Pathways at the Chilmark Tavern, there will be a musical presentation of works in progress and new works from 7 pm to 9 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). Musicians include Alex Karalekas, Mike Benjamin, Kate Davis, and Wes Nagy, and dancing is encouraged. There is no cover charge.
This week at the library, on Saturday, Jan. 24 from noon to 2 pm you can come in and make a snow globe. I’m curious about this; it seems like a very difficult craft. Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5 pm will be the next Dinner and a Movie for Kids. Pizza and veggies will be served, along with a kids’ movie. And next Saturday, Jan. 31, at 2:30 pm there will be a special guest: Llama Llama will be joining everyone for Story Time.
This Saturday night is the Chilmark School’s Red Hot Blues Bash at the Chilmark Community Center, at 7 pm. This annual dance party is to benefit the Chilmark PTO and Outing Program. There will be much dancing to tunes courtesy of the Mike Benjamin Band. There will be a silent and a live auction, and lots of dessert. Tickets are $20 at the door and on ticketsmv.com. This is a grownups-only event (which makes it even better).
If you are interested in doing some service in the town, the board of selectmen is seeking town residents to be considered for appointment to two new committees in 2015. The Historic Buildings Committee is in need of one person to serve three years. This committee will have oversight in the care of the town’s historic structures (Lighthouse, Homestead, Library, and Old Town Hall). Representatives from the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, Tribe, Aquinnah Cultural Center, and library will also serve on this committee. The committee will be working with the director of public works and the town administrator on the maintenance and capital improvements of the town’s historic buildings. The Town Campus Planning Committee is in need of three people for one-, two-, and three-year terms. This committee, along with a member of the board of selectmen and the town administrator, will have the responsibility of planning out the development of the Town Hall campus for the next 10 years. The goal of this review board is to develop a plan, based on a needs assessment, for the future operational facilities of the Town Hall, Fire/Police/Ambulance, Library and Public Works Departments. Anyone interested in serving on these important community review boards should submit a letter of interest to Adam Wilson, Town Administrator, 65 State Rd, Aquinnah, MA 02535 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Land Bank for a tour of Toad Rock Preserve on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 1 pm in Aquinnah. This will be a one- or two-hour tour of this small preserve overlooking Squibnocket Pond and the Atlantic. Go to mvlandbank.com for details, or call the office at 508-627-7141.
If you are looking for some other nightlife, the newly renovated Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse is hosting many events to while away the winter evenings. On Mondays they are showing classic films, and they are also hosting poetry and cabaret nights. Go to vineyardplayhouse.org for a full schedule of their events. I know Vineyard Haven seems like a long way to go for some fun, but really, what other choice do we have up here?