Happy Hanukkah for all who celebrate it. The first night of the festival of lights was on Tuesday, and it will continue for another six nights. Speaking of lights, the Aquinnah selectmen will be deciding if the Martha’s Vineyard Museum will continue to run the Gay Head Lighthouse, or if the town should take it over. The date of the meeting is Jan. 4, 2018. This is an opportunity to voice your opinion on the matter, and it’s always a good idea to participate in democracy when you have the chance.
The Aquinnah library is kicking up its winter programming. This Thursday, Dec. 14, Story Time is at 3:30 pm. At 5 pm, there will be Dinner and a Movie for kids. Pizza and veggies will be served. On Saturday, Dec. 16, at 10:30 am, Story Time will be held. The Kids’ Craft will be from 11 am to 3 pm, and the Book Group will meet at 2:30 pm. They will discuss “Death at La Fenice” by Donna Leon. Come by for a lively discussion. The Afterschool Club will meet Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 4 pm. Also on Tuesday at 5 pm, artist and librarian Jennifer Burkin will continue the series “Acrylic Landscape Painting Workshop.” If you are interested in learning about this medium, come by.
The Sargent Gallery is open through the holidays, noon to 4pm, Friday through Sunday. There will be a holiday artists’ reception to celebrate new work and new artists on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 2 to 5 pm. Megan always welcomes appointments if you can’t make it during regular hours. Call her at 508-645-2776.
This Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 am to 3 pm, there will be an Aquinnah Flea Market at the Old Town Hall. There will be handmade crafts, antiques, and plenty of things to get for the holidays. If you would like to be a vendor, contact Berta Welch to sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Flea Market is sponsored by the Aquinnah Cultural Center. Joan LeLacheur will be holding an open studio at her home studio at 42 Old South Rd. From 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday, you can come in and get some beautiful wampum jewelry and beads; she will also have handmade cards by Susan Shea.
At Pathways this week, there will be music on Friday, Dec. 15; doors open at 6:30 pm, and the show starts at 7 pm. Featured artists include Kat Soni, Andy Herr, Lydia Fischer, and MoLazes & Associates. As always, admission is free, and refreshments will be served. The Pathways holiday pop-up shop is open at the space and online. Go to bit.ly/pathwayspopup to shop. Pathways Living Room Studios is open from 11 am to 5 pm, every day except Wednesdays and Sundays. They have a warm, welcoming space perfect for working on your novel or drawing. The Knitting Group meets on Monday from 1 to 3 pm. All levels of knitting, crochet, etc., are welcome. The Cleveland House Poets will be reading at Pathways on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 pm.
On Sunday, Dec. 17, there will be “Offerings of Music and Light” at Chilmark Church at 5 pm. Music will be by Bellamira, English country dance music featuring Becky Williams, Martha Hudson, Carol Loud, and Lori Shaller. The Black Brook Singers will also be there with drummers and dancers.
On Saturday, Dec. 16, from 1 to 3 pm, the First Baptist Church (sister church of the Gay Head Community Baptist Church) will hold its annual Christmas Tea and Shopping. There will be tea and goodies and things to buy. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (available at the door). The Parish House is located on William Street in Vineyard Haven.
Last day of Chilmark Chocolates is Dec. 18, then they will close until February! Don’t make your family hate you: Get your holiday chocolates, now!