Thank goodness Christmas break is over. School started again yesterday. While the thought of nearly two weeks spent with family sounds like a good idea at the start, by the end of it I find I’m depressed and exhausted. It doesn’t help that over the holidays my diet consists mainly of chocolate.

I love Thanksgiving, I get excited for Christmas but by New Year’s I’m done. The wind has gone out of my sails. Does anyone else feel this way? I had every intention of organizing a party for New Year’s but with going away for Christmas, my husband getting sick and trying to get some work done, it just didn’t happen. Lame as that sounds.

It is now that time of year where really there is nothing happening in Aquinnah. I did not get one email or call this week about upcoming events. Wait, I got one: The Martha’s Vineyard Horse Council will hold their monthly meeting on Thursday, January 10 at 6:30 pm at the Ag Hall. You can go to for all the details. I know it’s not in Aquinnah, but it’s all I got.

There will be some winter programs at the library, some kid’s movie afternoons and craft hours, but the schedule was not complete by the end of the year. I will keep you posted as I get more information.

We didn’t get much snow, but that didn’t matter for the kids of Aquinnah. Most of them including Finn, Yossi, Clyde, Claus, and Rodeo all grabbed a sled and made the most of what we got. The iciness made for some fast runs.

Summer resident Rachel (who works at the Aquinnah Shop and also for Orange Peel Bakery) visited Aquinnah with her son, Mikey for some New Year’s fun, beach walks and the above mentioned sledding. It was great to see them both.

I must apologize to Berta and Vern Welch who did not host their annual party this Christmas, as I said. I’m so sorry for any confusion and hurt feelings caused by my misinformed reporting. They spent a quiet, very adult Christmas with their two kids, Giles and Sophia, who are both home for a bit. Giles is on Christmas break until early January and Sophia is plotting her next move.

Happy Birthday to Megan Ottens-Sargent whose birthday is Sunday.

Congratulations to Emerson Mahoney who made Junior Varsity on the hockey team as a freshman.

I hope everyone had a very happy New Year’s and that everyone stayed out of trouble or at least the kind of trouble that has real consequences. You gotta have some fun. But rest assured: no matter what stories I hear about New Year’s they won’t end up here. And quite honestly, no one tells me anything. I’m the town columnist after all and although gossip is rampant on this Island, people in Aquinnah sure can keep their mouths shut when they want.