Aquinnah: “Carl’s Wishing Tree” is up once again


Pam Glavin has once again put up “Carl’s Wishing Tree” at Carl Widdis’ graveside in the Aquinnah cemetery. In honor of Carl’s generous spirit, bring a small ornament for the tree. As you place it on the tree, promise to do a good deed or turn for someone. If you know someone who is struggling, but you’re not sure what to do for them, you can ask for them to find peace in their hard time. Pam has put Carl’s tree up every year since he passed, making sure that the value of taking care of others, that Carl so fully embodied, is kept alive through us.

If you are still looking for some Christmas gifts, Joan LeLacheur is having flexible appointments and meetings at her studio on Old South Road, or she can travel to you. She has beautiful jewelry, tiles, pendants, and so many pretty items to choose from. Call Joanie to schedule an appointment at 508-939-1691 or email her at In other holiday news, Chilmark Chocolates closed on Tuesday, they will be closed until the beginning of February.

The Aquinnah Town Holiday Party will be this Sunday at 5 pm. This is always a wonderful gathering with neighbors coming together to share a meal and Santa delivering Christmas cheer, and this year Kate Taylor will be leading some of the kids in Christmas songs. Please bring a dish to share. If you are looking for more ways to get into the Christmas spirit, the Community Baptist Church of Gay Head will hold a

Traditional Lessons, Carols and Candle Lighting service at 5 pm on Christmas Eve.

The library schedule for this coming Christmas week is as follows: Storytime will be Thursday from 3:30 to 4 pm and Saturday from 10:30 to 11 am. Kids can come to the library on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm and make a snowflake ornament. The library will be closed for Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 25. It will reopen on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 2 pm, and will have pizza and a movie for kids at 5 pm. Then, on Saturday, Dec. 29, from 11 am to 3 pm you can come in and make slime!

Pathways Arts presents Kemp Harris, “Me and a Piano,” on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7 pm. Kemp Harris is a composer, musician, children’s author, actor, and teacher. He hails from North Carolina, and has composed music for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Complexions Dance Company, as well as WGBH in Boston. This particular evening, he will be playing piano. Also, on Thursday, “A Solstice Celebration of the Light Within and the Light of the Creative Spirit,” honoring Dr. Marianne Goldberg and Peter Simon. Cake and champagne will be served. Every Saturday at 3 pm Allison Cameron Parry leads a family Qi Gong class. There is a $15 suggested donation; the class is open to all ages. Pathways still has its holiday gift shop open from 11 am to 5 pm. It will be closed for the holiday break from Sunday, Dec. 23, to Thursday, Jan. 3. Check the website,, for upcoming events in the New Year.


Happy birthday to Christmas baby Christina Montoya, who celebrates on none other than Dec. 25. Naushon Vanderhoop and Jessica Helen both celebrate on the day after Christmas. Since none of these ladies are likely to get many birthday presents because, Christmas, won’t you please wish them a happy birthday if you see them?