Town Column : Aquinnah
February is over. Spring starts in three weeks and true to form we got... more bad weather. Snow then rain, then sleet, then on and on and on. I find snow that is too wet to play in insulting. Seriously, it looks kind of pretty, but if you go outside you'll be soaked through in minutes and you'll slip and hurt yourself to boot. We are just that much closer to spring, that is my mantra, and the forsythia will be blooming before you know it. It will be, right? Spring is coming, isn't it?
It turns out that some people in Aquinnah did tune into the Oscars. June Manning watched and thought the gowns were beautiful. Noni Smith watched as well. I feel heartened by this information and I think next year I might even throw an Oscar party.
Noni also told me that a children's toy bike she left at the basketball court behind the playground has gone missing. She left it there for all kids to use but would like it to stay at the basketball court, so it would be great if it could be returned there.
I caught up with the Witham sisters at Natasha Taylor's birthday party on Saturday. Aretha was sporting cute new bangs. Aquinnah Witham is caretaking a property and some chickens in Chilmark for the winter. Liz Witham is teaching her class, "Learn to Edit Your Home Movies on iMovie," during the spring session for Adult Community Education Martha's Vineyard. The class starts Wednesday, March 11, and will be from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. She is also available for one-on-one computer tutoring, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Janette Vanderhoop will also be teaching her seminar, "Wampanoag Culture Myths vs. Legends" again through the same program, on April 7 from 6:30 to 9 pm. You can visit acemv.org for more info.
The party was lovely and aside from some of the desserts, like a fabulous chocolate cake made by Kate Taylor, Natasha made all the food herself.
Aquinnah native Janice Vogel's short film "Drop" will open the short film program at the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival on Saturday, March 14, at 1 pm. Janice will be there in person to discuss her film after the screening.
For all you fishermen and women out there, Martha's Vineyard community radio station WVVY at 93.7 FM has a farm and fish report every Friday at 4:20 pm with Tom Osmers. It claims to be local and international; let's hope it's helpful. The reports are archived at mikemayrand.podbean.com and also available on iTunes if you search Mike Mayrand.
As I write this, the sleet has stopped, but of course the wind has picked up and ice is starting to form. Spring is coming. Spring is coming. Spring is coming.