Aquinnah: Holding down the fort


The dark, damp days of February are upon us. In a week people will start fleeing the Island in search of sun and/or winter excitement for the February vacation. Some of us will be here holding down the fort and working at our hard won, year-round jobs, so be careful of posting those pictures on Facebook showing your happy face frolicking in the sun. You may not get the response you would like.

At the library this week, Story Time is on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 3:30 pm and Saturday, Feb. 17, at 10:30 am. Also, on Thursday at 5 pm a grown-up movie will be shown. The movie will be shown in the Old Town Hall and popcorn will be served. The Kids Craft on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm will be paper sculptures. The Acrylic Painting Workshop continues Saturday at 2:30 pm at the Old Town Hall. The After-School Club meets on Tuesday at 4 pm, and at 5 pm the Knitting Group meets.

There will be An Evening with Songwriters at Pathways this Friday, Feb. 16, at 7 pm. You can listen to sets by Rose Guerin, Delanie Pickering, Jemimah James, and Josh Campbell. The show starts at 7 pm and the doors open at 6:30 pm. On Tuesday, Feb. 20, the John Hough Writing Groups will present work at Pathways featuring Nat Benjamin, Wallace Bullock, Leigh Fairchild-Coppoletti, Leslie Eaton, Christine Ferrone, Rob Hauk, Kate Hennigan, Julie Anne McNary, and Janet Zeller. Next Friday, Feb. 23, celebrate the first night of February school vacation week with “We Dance,” their monthly dance event. Everyone is welcome to come and dance.

This weekend at the Performing Arts Center, the MVRHS presents “West Side Story.” The show opens on Thursday, Feb. 15, and runs through Feb. 19. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. There are lots of hard-working, dedicated and talented high school students involved, along with the staff and orchestra volunteers. I know this will be a knockout show. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at the door and can also be purchased ahead of time at

MV Community Services is offering some great programming this winter, the Island Wide Youth Collaborative is sponsoring a screening of “Angst” this Thursday, Feb. 15, at the MVRHS library. The film is a documentary aimed at raising awareness around anxiety. The documentary uses candid interviews with teens about anxiety and gives teens tools to help cope. The film is appropriate for ages 10 and up and will run from 6 to 7 pm followed by a Q and A session with IWYC’s clinician, Tricia Bennett from 7 to 8 pm.

The Island Counseling Center, in collaboration with the Island Wide Youth Collaborative, hosts a Transgender Support Group for adults and youth of all ages who are in any stage of the process of transitioning from their assigned gender to their affirmed gender. The aim of the group is to provide a safe space where members can discuss their experiences and concerns in a confidential setting while developing a support system. Anyone who is interested in joining the support group, please call 508-693-7900 ext. 400. The group meets on Tuesday, from 5 to 6:30 pm at the MV Family Center in Vineyard Haven.

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 5:30 pm the MV Family Center presents “You love Him More,” a workshop with Jeanine Fitzgerald. The workshop will explore issues related to sibling rivalry, as well as strategies that minimize their development, and chances of them becoming harmful.

Dinner and childcare are provided, and pre-registration is required, call 508-687-9182 to register.

The fifth-grade class at the Chilmark School just returned from their annual ski trip to Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine. Unfortunately, one of their classmates, Hayden Higgins, was sick and unable to attend. A stuffed bear that another child brought on the trip was renamed Hayden to mark the place of the missing classmate. “Hayden” sat at the dinner table, went to the pool after dinner and was even seen poking out of someone’s jacket while they were skiing down the mountain on the last day. Everyone (even “Hayden”) had a great time, with fabulous ski conditions and lots of communal activities.

Congratulations to former town administrator Adam Wilson who married Poliana Bellan on Feb. 1. Happy birthday to Meg Higgins who celebrates on Friday.