Town Column : Aquinnah
Well, well it seems like things are picking up here in Aquinnah. Scalloping continues to be a big activity. Did I really hear Jim Newman say that he was going scalloping? I think I did. Although I've been able to get detailed descriptions of what's involved, no one wants to let out where their best spots are, which I understand and respect. I might have to try it myself before the season ends.
There are many events happening at the library this month. Today, Thursday, Jan. 15 is the first potluck movie night. Come at 5:30 pm with a small supper dish and watch a movie at the library. At press time there was no word on which movie they will show, but it's really about the company and the free popcorn. Quilting with Lindsey Scott starts January 22, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, lasting for five Thursdays. You must sign up in advance; there are only 10 slots. And finally if playing Scrabble online alone in your house isn't working for you, you can come to the library on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for game night. Scrabble, Monopoly, and Chutes & Ladders will be supplied; it is asked that you bring light refreshment.
A gathering for remembrances of Aquinnah resident and actor Paul Benedict will be held Saturday at the Vineyard Playhouse at 4 pm. Roast turkey and fixings will be provided (Paul loved Gobblers from Humphreys). Please bring a salad, pie, bottle of wine, or seltzer. If you wish to attend, please call Martha Yukevich at 508-696-8833.
Also on Saturday is the first of the International Dinners to benefit the Martha's Vineyard Public Charter School. Come to Zephrus for a scrumptious Italian meal; tickets are $50. On January 31 it will be Mexican night.
For those of us who want to get out and move a little on Friday nights and work off the result of all these potlucks and benefits, there is a new class at the Yoga Barn taught by Sian Williams. It's called Trance Dance and it is a free-form yoga class. Sian describes it as less regimented than a traditional yoga class. It is from 5:30 to 7 pm.
And finally, I was talking to Lisa Vanderhoop at - where else? - the library, and we were lamenting the fact that there is no place to go and hang out every day and get a cup of coffee and see some people in Aquinnah in the winter. I think someone needs to start a coffee shop. I think it will be a long arduous process, starting with many heated discussions at town meetings and then building and then permits and then all your friends wanting free coffee and muffins, but you can be happy in the knowledge that you are providing a great and much needed service to the people of Aquinnah. You would probably become some kind of local hero, when we aren't all talking about how ridiculous your prices are and how we could do things better behind your back. We really do need this, is anyone up for the job? Anyone?
I'm away this week (San Francisco, I know it's not warm and sunny, but it'll do) so please email any info you have for me.