Town Column : Aquinnah
Last week our country witnessed something new and something once thought impossible, the swearing in of an African-American president. Hundreds of thousands of people thronged the Washington Mall, and millions more gathered together in homes, public libraries, restaurants, and community centers to see the event and to see Aretha Franklin sing in a fabulous hat. A friend of mine said it was one of the happiest days of her life and that she wished her father was alive to see it. There was a great sense of accomplishment and unity throughout the day.
Once again, the Aquinnah town meeting has been postponed, this time to Tuesday, April 7. Currently, the agenda looks interesting. There is a proposal to build a stage at the circle for performances. And one about granting nonprofits a one-day beer and wine license for events.
Movie night at the library has been rescheduled to this Saturday at 5:30 pm. Please bring a light supper dish; popcorn will be served. There is also a winter soup cooking class with Daniel Sauer, the chef of the Outermost Inn on Saturday afternoon from 2 to 3:30 pm at the library; space is limited so you are encouraged to sign up. Quilting with Lindsey got off to a good start last Thursday. There were six of us, all ladies, of varying sewing skills. Turns out Margie, our town accountant, is quite an experienced quilter and Nonie Madison was throwing out sewing jargon right and left. Some (okay, I) had never operated a sewing machine before but under Lindsey's direction put together one whole square with no mistakes. We're halfway through one quilt and all the quilts we make will be donated to an orphanage. There is still space in this class; call the library at 508-645-2314.
I stopped by Joanie and Richard's salon on Sunday and I have to tell you, Joanie makes a great apple pie, not too sweet with a slightly salty crust. Delicious. It was an icy, cold Sunday and their house was cozy from the woodstove and the company. Most people knew each other, some were from Aquinnah and some were all the way from Vineyard Haven. It turned out two people knew each other from the 70s and spent part of the afternoon piecing together their connection (they never did figure it out). There were many artists discussing new projects. At one point Joe Eldredge called out, "I have a public service announcement: I'm having a wonderful time." And indeed we all were.