Town Column : Aquinnah
As I write this, the forecast is calling for three days of rain and I just keep repeating to myself, "It can't be as bad as last year, it can't be as bad as last year." And we have already had some beautiful spring-like days, so NO it will not be as bad as last year and I know our gardens will all appreciate the rain even if I personally do not.
More signs of spring are here: I've seen forsythia and daffodils budding around town. No swaths of green yet but little pockets here and there. The wind and rain have had their way with some parts of town; Oxcart Road is still flooded from the last storm and on a trip to look at the water at Red Beach we found the parking lot filled with sand. And of course, twigs, and tree limbs scattered about wherever you go. There are more birds chirping, although I haven't heard any pinkletinks yet.
I just hope that the weather is clear for the Easter egg hunt this Sunday at 1 pm at the Duck Inn. This is such a wonderful event that Elise puts on for the families of Aquinnah. About 400 eggs get decorated and hidden. And the entire lawn will be covered with happy, running children on Sunday. You can stop by the Inn on Saturday at 2 pm to help decorate the eggs.
The Orange Peel Bakery has started up pizza again! Saturdays, 2-5 pm.
Reminder: Chilmark Chocolates will be open through Saturday until 5:30 pm and then closed until April 29.
There is a spring potluck supper sponsored by the MV Agricultural Society Saturday night at 6 pm at the Ag Hall followed by the film, "Working the Land."
Calling all up-Island dancing ladies! There will be a movement/dance workshop titled, "Juicy Hips" this Saturday from 1-6 pm at Peacegate in Vineyard Haven taught by a visiting Dane, Laila Nissen. I'm mentioning it because I really just like the name.
The Wampanoag Spring Social will be Sunday, April 25, from 12- to 4 pm at the Tribal Building. Come to celebrate the arrival of Spring with fun, fellowship, dancing, drumming, and singing.
Happy Belated Birthday to my counterpart at the Gazette, June Manning, whose birthday was last Friday. I hope it is just one of many more to come. Happy Birthday also to Janette and Heidi Vanderhoop whose birthdays were this week.
The Edgartown School is collecting lightweight clothing for the Sacre Coeur Hospital and Children of the Promise orphanage in Haiti. If you're cleaning out your closets, send some items their way.
Everyone around town seems to be starting to come out of their winter hibernation and start planning for the spring and summer. Noni Smith is getting her Edgartown store ready for the summer season. The stores at the Cliffs and the Aquinnah shop should be open soon. Let me know what your plans are for the spring, and I'll see everyone Sunday. Happy Easter and Passover to all.