Aquinnah: Safe travels

Happy Thanksgiving one and all. I hope your travels go smoothly or if you are not traveling, that everyone arrives in one piece and helps with the cooking and the cleanup afterwards. It’s such a lovely weekend to be on the Island and so we are of course traveling to New Jersey. Maybe I will see some of you on I-95. I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

If you don’t want to just sit around all day eating and watching football on Thanksgiving day, Sian Williams is teaching an open yoga class at the Yoga Collective this morning from 9-10:30 am by donation. Also on Saturday at the Yoga Barn Cathy Garfinkle will be teaching a restorative yoga class from 3- to 5:30 pm. Registration is required; email Cathy at

At the library this Saturday there will be a Lego craft from 12 noon to 3 pm. Hot cocoa and coffee will be served all day and feel free to bring your leftover pie to share. Don’t forget to buy your raffle ticket before 2 pm while at the library. The Friends of the Aquinnah Public Library are raffling off a beautiful advent calendar handmade by Alex Taylor. Tickets are one for $5, or five for $20. Next Saturday you can come and make holiday greens decorations.

Both Stony Creek Gifts and On the Cliffs will be open this weekend. From 11 am to 3:30 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you can stop in and get some great deals for your holiday shopping. Everything at On the Cliffs is 50 percent off and Stony Creek has some great deals on gifts and jewelry.

Joan LeLacheur will hold an open studio this Saturday, November 29, from 10 am to 5 pm at 42 Old South Rd. Contact Joanie at or 508-645-9954 for more information.

Lisa Vanderhoop will be selling her Vineyard Seadogs 2015 calendars and holiday cards as well as art prints and paintings at the Ag Hall this Friday and Saturday at the Vineyard Artisans Show. She will have snowy owl, mermaid, fish, wildlife and landscape art and prints. I have seen some of Lisa’s snowy owl pictures and they are amazing and a great gift for any nature lover in your life. Lisa’s work, and that of Eva Weinstein, is also featured in the Featherstone Holiday gift show, which runs every day from Friday November 28 to Sunday December 21 from 12 noon to 4 pm.

In other Vanderhoop news, Juli’s daughter Ella is coming home for Thanksgiving on Wednesday and I know Juli is very excited. Aside from selling her wares at Cronig’s and at her own bakery, Juli is also selling items at the Vineyard Holiday Gift Shop on the corner of Spring and Main Vineyard Haven, if you just can’t make it up Island. It is open every day, 10 am to 6 pm, until Christmas Eve. The Orange Peel Bakery is now taking pie and roll orders for Christmas; call 508-645-2025 to place your order. Please note that the bakery will not be serving lunch until next Thursday, December 4.

This week we said goodbye to Grace Randolph, her husband, Phil Gover and their children, Russell and Katama. They moved to Oklahoma City where Phil got a new job. I know they will be missed especially in the Tribe afterschool program where Grace did a wonderful job with the kids.