Did anyone watch the Oscars? The hosting and the writing were not that engaging, but there were some amazing speeches, and of course some beautiful and some misguided dresses. Lupita Nyong’o was the best-dressed, in my opinion. About an hour in, the speeches started getting really good. Patricia Arquette called for equal pay for women. John Legend talked about racial justice, and pointed out that we have more people incarcerated in this country than were enslaved in 1850. And I have to give props to Laura Poitras, who won best documentary for Citizenfour, a film about our diminishing privacy, as she and I went to the same high school; also to Damien Chazelle, whose film Whiplash was nominated for Best Picture. Damien is married to summer Vineyard resident Jasmine McGlade. Damien did not win, but J.K. Simmons, who starred in the film, won Best Supporting Actor, and it also won for sound mixing. I did stay up to the very end, and am quite happy that Birdman took home Best Picture.

Tonight at the library there is Dinner and a Movie for Kids at 5pm. (If there are any kids in Aquinnah right now: Everyone I know is away, but I’m sure some kids will come out of the woodwork.) This Saturday from noon to 2 pm you can come into the library and make a chocolate lollipop; there will be many fun decorations. This is the last week that you can bring in a nonperishable food item for the food pantry to the library and have your fines erased. Call the library with any questions at 508-645-2314.

Sassafras has forms for their popular summer camp up on their web site now; go to to sign up.

MV Public Charter School student Isabella Morais has created a much-needed Teen Art Cafe at Featherstone Center for the Arts. The Cafe will open its doors for the first time this week. The schedule is as follows: Wednesday: 2 – 6 pm, Thursday: 2 – 6 pm, Friday: 2 – 8 pm, and Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm. Good for Isabella for creating a space for her artwork and that of her friends. For a complete list of offerings, a schedule, and more information, please visit

If you are feeling cooped up and ready to engage in something new, ACE MV spring classes start on March 3. Walk-in registration will be at the MVRHS lobby on Tuesday, March 3, between 5 and 6:30 pm. Sign up at or call 508-693-9222. Catalogs available at the library.

Well, everyone, we did it. We got through February. The next time we talk it will be March. I realize that March is no great shakes on this Island, but it is one step closer to July.