Aquinnah is still feeling a little empty this week even though school vacation, a.k.a. the longest week in the world if you did not go someplace warm and sunny, is over. Thank goodness there were the Oscars to distract us (and then the MV Film Festival will be next week). I had so much fun watching the Oscars with Noni Smith, Juli Vanderhoop, Ella Mahoney, my family and some friends from down Island this past Sunday. Lupita Nyongo’s dress was the favorite with Jennifer Lawrence’s and Anne Hathaway’s getting recognition as well. We ate and laughed a lot but I can’t repeat any of the stories told here. So very glad that “Twelve Years a Slave” won best picture. it was hands down the best movie that I saw last year.

Sassafras Earth Education has many programs happening in March. This Saturday they will host, “Wild Families” from 1 to 3 pm. A program for the entire family, the theme will be fun with trees. Squirrels and Coyotes for kids 6-13 will be happening on Sunday, and on March 15 there will be an ancient fire workshop from 1 to 4 pm. You can sign up and get more information by contacting Saskia Vanderhoop at 508-645-2008 or via email at

At Pathways at the Chilmark Tavern this week, there are two events. On Thursday, March 6, Pathways will present: “Ecstatic Ekphrastic Arts,” a multi-arts installation; the performance begins at 7 pm. On Saturday, March 8, at 7 pm there will be a performance titled, “Women LIVE: Inspiring Change” in honor of International Women’s Day. This event is hosted by Natasha Taylor and features many wonderful women including Natasha’s daughters, Claudia and Paige Taylor, and Aquinnah’s own Saskia Vanderhoop. You can call 508-645-9098 for all the information.

On Wednesday, March 12, Slow Food Martha’s Vineyard presents “Genetic Roulette” at the Chilmark Free Public Library at 5:30 pm. This film explores the health dangers of genetically modified food, the impact on our food system and on us. It provides compelling testimony to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially among children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future.

Now I know for sure that spring is coming: Daffodil Day will be on Monday, March 17. Bunches of fresh daffodils will be delivered to those who have placed orders, and bouquets will also be on sale for $10 at Cronig’s, Edgartown Stop & Shop, and the M.V. Hospital. The M.V. Cancer Support Group, which provides support to Island residents struggling with cancer, is the exclusive Daffodil Day sponsor. All money raised from the sales of daffodil bouquets goes directly to benefit Island cancer patients and their families. For further information call Diane Ballay-Foley at 508-693-7115 or AnneMarie Donahue at 508-627-7958.

Congratulations to Ella Mahoney who made the Dean’s List during her first semester at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Ella is in Aquinnah this week for her spring break. It was such a delight to see her: she looks fantastic and is obviously doing very well at school.

Happy Birthday to Ken Wentworth and Lisa Vanderhoop, who both celebrate next week on March 13. And a happy belated birthday to our librarian, Barbara Lampson, who celebrated a milestone birthday this past weekend. Speaking of Barbara, she will be teaching a “Planting Bed Design” class through ACE MV next Wednesday at 6:30 pm. You can register via or at 774-310-1311. For those of you who only know Barbara as one of the librarians at the Aquinnah Library, she is also a fantastic landscape designer and gardener.