Town Column : Aquinnah
It's a big weekend for football and very exciting. I think this will be a great game. There is a Super Bowl Sunday party at Town Hall this Sunday from 3 to 11 pm. Lots of grub, but no word on if there will be wagering. I'm hoping for a win for New Orleans. I'd like someone new to win, and I'd rather hear New Orleans's jazz bands playing "When the Saints Go Marching In" 500 times more than whatever lame championship song the Colts will come up with.
Aside from the Super Bowl, there is not much going on this weekend, but next weekend there is a lot to chose from. Starting off, there's the flea market at old Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 10 am to 3 pm. Betty Joslow needs some help facilitating this event so if you can help please call her at 508-645-3340.
If you feel like heading down-Island on February 13, you can stop in at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center for a Valentine's Pancake Breakfast (with bacon and eggs as well) from 8 to 10 am. Adults are $7; kids are $4. There will be raffle items and tribal member Shelley Carter renowned for her scrambled eggs, will be in the kitchen.
Saturday night, the 13th, the Chilmark School will host Caribbean Night at the Chilmark Community Center from 6:30 to 11 pm. This is a grown-ups only event to benefit the Chilmark School and it's a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day. There will be music by the Smokin' Flamingos, a silent and live auction, beer, wine, desserts, dancing and presumably, Caribbean food. Tickets are $15 and are available through ticketsmv.com.
The next pancake breakfast at the Aquinnah Old Town Hall will be Sunday, Feb. 21, from 10 am to 12 noon. It is all you can eat for $5 and kids under five eat free. Thank you to Kathryn Corjulo and her daughter, Clara, for the generous maple syrup donation.
The first coffee hour at the Aquinnah Public Library was held last Saturday and it was a great excuse to get out of the house, even though you had to brave the 18-degree cold on the way from your house to your car, and then car to library, but it was totally worth it. It was a nice mix of ages, with some moms and small children reading to each other and tearing apart the toys, older patrons sitting quietly reading the paper, everyone sipping hot cocoa, tea, or coffee and munching on doughnuts.
At one point Saskia and David Vanderhoop came in with a gaggle of young girls to have some hot cocoa before heading out on a nature hike. Malory Butler came in, looking for a couple of books to take with her on her trip to visit her daughter, Jeffie, and her granddaughter, Maeve. in Colorado. Malory's other daughter, Nina, was home for the weekend, preparing for her upcoming semester at St. Andrew's College in Scotland. Safe and happy travels to them both. Coffee hour is every Saturday at the library from 10 to 11 am followed by art and story time. Get well soon Michelle, who was out sick with a terrible cold last weekend.
My mom was visiting this weekend and I started explaining the Vanderhoop lineage and I said, "There are a lot of Vanderhoops." To which she replied, "So if you want anything done on the Island you have to jump through a lot of Vanderhoops?"