Town Column : Aquinnah
It's the Sunday after Thanksgiving, all our turkey is gone but we still have a vat of stuffing and many potatoes. And it is now officially Christmas season. The festivities have begun.
The 11th Annual Nutcracker Gala at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Center, this Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm, is a joint effort between the Atlantic Coast Ballet and the Martha's Vineyard School of Ballet. Eleanor and Genevieve Hyland of Aquinnah will be performing, Eleanor as a soldier and polichinelle (I have no idea who or what a polichinelle is) and Genevieve as a mechanical doll. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $25 for priority seating. For more information, call 508-939-0074.
The American Legion Ladies Bazaar is this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Legion Hall on Martin Road in Vineyard Haven. There will be a raffle, baked goods, and gift baskets. All the money raised will go to a scholarship for a student at the high school.
The Holly Day Fair and Luncheon at Grace Church on the corner of William Street and Woodlawn Avenue in Vineyard Haven will be from 10 am to 2 pm (lunch is from 11 am to 1 am). There will be crafts, knitwear, gifts, and lobster rolls. All money raised goes to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund, aiding people in need around the globe. Both of these fairs are Island-wide efforts.
On or around June 1, 2009, the Aquinnah population will increase by one. Noli and Isaac Taylor are expecting their first child. Congratulations you two, and may I suggest that you sleep as much as possible from now until the day your child arrives.
Mallory and Len Butler enjoyed a Thanksgiving visit from their daughter Nina who is in her sophomore year at Wellesley. To her parents' delight, she has declared a major: geo-science. Mallory is leaving for a two-week trip to Aspen to visit her daughter, Jessie, and grandchildren, Kevin and Maeve Sheehan. There was no mention of Jessie's husband, so clearly he is not as important as the grandchildren. Mallory will be back in time for the Minnesinger's Holiday Concert on December 12 and 13, headed by Aquinnah's Jan Wightman. Speaking of Ms. Wightman, her husband John has an exhibit up at the Bank of Martha's Vineyard Chilmark office called "Island Images." It consists of photos of Island landscapes over the past 30 years, some incorporating beach and sea grass and wampum. There is also a collaborative piece he made with Gladys Widdiss. The bank is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on weekdays, and 8:30 am to 12 noon on Saturday.
I look forward to partaking in the many holiday events Martha's Vineyard has to offer and I'm hoping that by Christmas all our potatoes will be gone and the stuffing may go to my friend Caitlin's chickens because I just can't look at it any longer.
Keep the info coming.