Thanksgiving is next week. If you are so inclined, I would love to hear what everyone is grateful for and a few descriptions of how people celebrate Thanksgiving here. We always drive to New Jersey to see my husband’s family, so we always have some quality time on either the George Washington Bridge or the Tappan Zee. There is always traffic, no matter what time or what day we leave. And it’s much worse than it is here in August.
This past Saturday at 4 pm the shellfish committee closed Menemsha Pond to all scalloping (Family and Commercial). The Town and Tribe both reseeded the pond and the pond will remain closed for the rest of the season in order for the proposed 1 million seedlings to set and grow by the next harvest season. Which means no scalloping in Aquinnah this winter. Which is going to be very hard on the families that depend on the income from it. This is not a news flash, but the winters are so tricky here financially and this is a blow to many families. Seems like this happens every other year.
On a brighter note, deer hunting season is on with bow hunting until November 29 and shotgun season starting December 1.
Joan LeLacheur is having an Open Studio Sale this Saturday, November 22, 10 am–5 pm. Her wampum necklaces, bracelets, earrings, charms and amulets will all be on sale. Come to 42 Old South Road in Aquinnah. You can contact Joanie at Joanlela57@gmail.com or 508-645-9954 for more information.
Jeanette Vanderhoop is offering a free yoga class for Aquinnah town residents on Sundays, 10–11:30 am, at the old Town Hall. She does have some mats and props, but it’s not a bad idea to bring your own mat if you have one.
This Saturday at the library you can make a handprint turkey for Thanksgiving. Next Saturday, November 29, kids can come by for Legos, cartoons, and hot cocoa. Saturday, December 6, will kick off the Christmas/Hannukah crafts with “Make a Greens Craft.” Make a wreath or table centerpiece with some beautiful greens and ribbon. All crafts are from 1 to 3 pm.
It’s that time of year when all the holiday festivals are being held. Featherstone’s 12th Annual Holiday Gift Show runs every day from 12 noon to 4 pm, from November 22 through December 21. The Preview Party is this Friday, November 21, 6–8 pm, at Featherstone. The gifts are made by more than 60 Island artists, including Aquinnah’s Eva Weinstein and Lisa Vanderhoop, and it is definitely a sale worth checking out.
Cathy Garfinkle will hold a Restorative Yoga Workshop at The Yoga Barn on Saturday, November 29, from 3 to 5:30 pm. If you want to recover from all the overeating and need a place to detox from your family, this is the place to go. To register or for more information, please contact Cathy via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-693-1403.