Town Column : Aquinnah
It snowed! It snowed a lot. The tree limbs were heavy with it, cars slid on the road, kids went sledding, parents baked cookies, we lost power for a few hours in the night, and Aquinnah was bathed in white and looked like a picture perfect New England town in winter.
And then it rained. It rained a lot. Now it looks all wet and slushy and gray and the roads have huge puddles and you can't go sledding in this. Plus the wind sounds like it's going to carry you off the second you walk outside. Bah Humbug.
And then it froze.
We did however, have a very perfect snow day on Saturday. People gathered at the library for story time and told of their snow adventures. Olive and Violet MacPhail built a snowman in their uncle's yard, another girl went sledding but "not at the cliffs, that's too steep." I shoveled and made macaroni and cheese for the town/tribe potluck, which was postponed until Tuesday. There was a table set up at the library where people could work on paper mache birds, an ongoing art project at the library. The birds are quite large and lovely even in their unfinished state.
Olive and Violet will turn three on the 30th - they seem unfazed by this milestone.
Jeffie, Maxwell, and Nina Butler want to acknowledge their parents wonderful marriage. Mallory and Lenny Butler celebrated their 39th anniversary on December 19. Congratulations to a fine couple.
Cathy Hill is offering a restorative yoga class at the Yoga Barn in West Tisbury on December 27 from 3 to 5:30 pm. For more info, call 508-693-1403. For those of you who have not been there, Scarlet and Rex Jarrell have built a beautiful yoga studio on State Road just before the West Tisbury/Chilmark border. I mention this because we have so few year-round up-Island yoga studios that I feel they deserve all the support they can get. And it is so nice to only have to drive 20 minutes for a class rather than 30 or 40 minutes. If you do know of any Aquinnah-based yoga instructors (or any other discipline) who are working up-Island, please let me know and I will give them a mention and go to their classes.
A unique calendar has been created by the Intergenerational Program between a class at the Chilmark School and Windemere Nursing Home. The students have been visiting residents at Windemere with cameras purchased through a grant from the Permanent Endowment Fund. The calendar, filled with photos that document their time at Windemere, is available at the Chilmark School, Chilmark Chocolates, Windemere, and Peacecraft. You can call Betsy Burmeister at 508-696-6465, ext. 722, for more information.
I hope everyone has a happy holiday, whatever holiday you're partial to, and if you can't stand Christmas and everything that comes with it, don't worry - it's almost over.
I will be away over Christmas, so please email me your info this week instead of calling. Be well.