Merry Christmas everyone. I hope Santa brought you everything you wanted and that everyone gets to relax a little now that the shopping/cooking/socializing season is coming to a close. Of course, there is still New Year’s Eve, but that tends to be more of a low key affair here in Aquinnah. I am still holding out hope that someone will host a dance party here. Let me know if there are any takers.

It is not too late to get your Vineyard Seadogs calendar for 2014. Go to Lisa’s website, She will also have Valentine’s cards available soon.

The Aquinnah Library continues to be a great winter refuge for everyone in town. On the day after Christmas they will show a kids movie at 3 pm. Popcorn will be served. On Saturday, there will be another movie and all day coffee and tea. On Tuesday, New Year’s Eve the library will close early at 5 pm.

This Saturday, Cat Garfinkle will teach a restorative yoga workshop at the Yoga Barn. She will help you reconfigure your physical self after all the Christmas parties and over indulgence of the season. The workshop is from 3 pm to 5 pm and the cost is $35. Registration is suggested, you can email Cat at

Shakespeare for the Masses will be performing “Henry V” this Sunday at 2 pm at the Katherine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. Remember it’s quick, painless, and free and there will probably be a battle scene.

The Martha’s Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing and the Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society, along with the Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee, is sponsoring a poetry contest. Write a poem inspired by the Gay Head Lighthouse. Write of the sea’s edge and eroding cliffs, of the wild Atlantic and the limits of the land, and of this beacon of light at the edge of our Island. Selected poems will be published in a dedicated book. The deadline of January 1 is approaching quickly. You can send your submission to

The Aquinnah housing committee is gathering information about the need for affordable housing in our town, both rental and owned properties. New affordable homesite lots are being developed for the next lottery, and the committee would like to develop a list of interested parties. If you would like to get on the email list for the housing lottery, contact Adam Wilson at the town hall by emailing, or call him at 508-645-2304. Please let him know if you are interested in renting or buying. If you know of someone who might like to be on the list, please pass this information along. The committee would like to get a clear idea of what is needed in Aquinnah in terms of affordable housing and who is interested.

Happy Birthday to Christina Montoya, who is a Christmas baby and celebrated yesterday. Lang Gerhard will celebrate on the 28th, and Olive and Violet MacPhail will turn eight on December 30. They will be able to celebrate with their grandparents, Jean and Hugh Taylor, who decided they weren’t cold enough in the Bahamas and are visiting Aquinnah to spend the holidays with their family (and get their cold fix).

Welcome home to Ella Mahoney, who arrived home from college a week ago, after a very fruitful first semester at the School of Visual Art in New York City. Summer folks Rachel Helena and her son Mikey are visiting this weekend as well.