Town Column : Aquinnah
I guess this winter means business. I was scoffing at the "storm" early last Wednesday morning when nothing much was happening. There wasn't any real accumulation, but then at noon it changed. It got heavier and slippery, very slippery.
We saw two accidents on State Road. Driving home later, our car slid around ominously. We decided to stay in, even though there was a party to go to and it might have been fun in the weather to be with other people laughing at the storm and feeling hearty for going out. And then the power went out for about two hours, and we were really in for the night.
And the snow has lasted: my son has gotten at least three days of sledding in. And it has been cold and icy.
Yeah, I think this winter's for real.
So, to warm us all up there will be a pancake breakfast from 10 am till 12 noon this Sunday at the Old Town Hall. All you can eat for $5; kids under five eat for free.
This Friday and Saturday at the Vineyard Playhouse, along with a bunch of wonderful actors, I will be performing in a reading of Troilus & Cressida. Never heard of it? It's a love story set during the Trojan War that's not about Helen and Paris. It's part of the Shakespeare for the Masses series. Both shows are at 7pm, and a $5 donation is suggested.
Coming up at the beginning of March: on Tuesday, March 2 the Aquinnah Public Library will host a Spring into Spring Community Celebration at the Old Town Hall. It starts at 3 pm with face painting, followed at 4:15 by the puppet show Twig Family in the Oak Tree, and at 5:30 a community potluck supper (please bring your favorite spring dish). At 6:30 there will be live music and dessert.
The MV Donors Collaborative will host a two-part grant writing and research workshop on Monday March 1 and Tuesday March 2 at the Oak Bluffs Library. The full schedule and registration is on their website at mvdonors.org.
I saw Julie Vanderhoop at the library and she said her daughter, Ella had a great time performing in the musical "Rent" at the high school.
June Manning is recovering nicely from her surgery a few weeks ago. She is up and about and in good spirits.
Jim and Kathy Newman spent the storm and the weekend after it in New York City where they got to see the revival of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge, with Liev Schreiber and Scarlet Johansson.
I need to correct some of the information in last week's column: Chris Kann was a member of the Tisbury Fire Department, not West Tisbury and his mother's address where you can send donations is: PO Box 1160 Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 not West Tisbury. My apologies.
Please keep Nancy, Joel, and Josh Aronie in your thoughts and prayers, as they cope with the loss of their son and brother, Dan. I was so moved by the stunning tribute they wrote in the Times last week. Dan's humor and strength will be sorely missed. Much love to you all.