Aquinnah: March like a lion

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Talk about March coming in like a lion. There was so much going on this weekend. On Friday, Pathways hosted a dance party, then on Saturday, Friends of Family Planning brought back the Lip Synch contest. It was held at the P.A. Club, and it was a good time for a good cause. Everyone channeled their inner diva and brought it. Ike and Tina Turner, along with the Ikettes, did an amazing version of “Proud Mary,” complete with hair tossing and shimmying; they came in in second place, behind the ladies from “Chicago” doing the “Cell Block Tango,” which was also fabulous. If after all that, you still had some energy, you could stop by the Potluck Jam on your way home. The fun is not going to stop anytime soon; the Charter School will be hosting a benefit, the details of which are below, and the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival will begin on March 26;, go to tmvff.org for tickets.

The party up-Island continues when the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School hosts its Spring Fling on Saturday, March 21, at the Chilmark Community Center. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and DJ Christopher Anderson will be spinning tracks. Tickets are $15 each; you can buy them at the Charter School in advance, or at the door. You will want to dance, so be ready, those Charter School parents are serious about their fun.

Lunch at the Outermost Inn is back! They are open Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, and Sunday brunch is served from 10 am to 2 pm. They will be hosting a BBQ night on March 20; call the inn at 508-645-3511 for reservations. Thank you to Alex and all involved for doing this.

March is National Women’s Month, and in honor of that, Pathways will host “Women Live!” this Friday, March 13. The theme this year is “Each for Equal: An Equal World Is an Enabled World.” It will be hosted by Niki Patton, and will feature music, spoken word poetry, and other works of art. Doors open at 6:30 pm. On Saturday at Pathways there will be two workshops, a collage workshop from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, and a “Healing Sound Workshop” from 3 to 4:30 pm. The sound workshop will include piano music by David Stanwood, followed by Valerie Sonnenthal on assorted sound healing instruments for 60 minutes. Jenny Allen and Georgia Morris will present their work on Tuesday during the “Writing and Poetry” night at 7 pm. All events at Pathways are free, and refreshments will be served.

The library will hold the next book group meeting on Thursday, March 19, at 3:30 pm to discuss Kristin Hannah’s “The Great Alone.” Copies are available at the library. Story Time happens at the library on Thursday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. Kids’ Craft is held on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm, and the Afterschool Club meets on Tuesday at 4 pm.

Celebrate spring: Purchase daffodils to support the M.V. Cancer Support Group this weekend. They will be selling bunches of daffodils for $10 each, on Friday, March 13, from 10 am to 2 pm, in the M.V. Hospital lobby; and on Saturday, March 14, from 9 am to 4:30 pm at Cronig’s in Vineyard Haven, Reliable in Oak Bluffs, and Stop & Shop in Edgartown. For additional information, please contact Sally Lodge at 617-947-1858.

There are still a couple of weeks to nominate someone for the Martha’s Vineyard Medal, presented by the M.V. Museum. The medal is awarded annually to leaders in the community to recognize their outstanding commitment to preserving the history, arts, and culture of Martha’s Vineyard. To nominate someone, please send their name and a brief description of why you feel they’re deserving (no more than 500 words) to Khalid Jackson at kjackson@mvmuseum.org. Nominations must be received by midnight on March 27.

The 2020 U.S. Census is expected to begin this week. Keep an eye on your mail for the initial notification letter, and be sure to fill out your Census form online, or by phone or mail. The online and phone versions are available in 13 languages, including English and Portuguese, and the mail-in version is available in English and Spanish. All responses are strictly confidential. The Census will determine about $16 billion in federal funds to Massachusetts, so an accurate count is essential. The Census also affects political representation at the local, state, and federal levels, including the redrawing of legislative districts. For more information, or to get involved in your community, contact Keith Chatinover, chairman of the Dukes County Complete Count Committee, at kchatinover@gmail.com

It’s March madness for birthdays in Aquinnah: Lisa Vanderhoop, Ken Wentworth, and Nina Butler were all born on March 13, Richard Skidmore on March 14, and Rodeo Purves-Langer and Michael Stutz on March 16. That’s a lot of people in one week in March for our little town. Happy birthday to all of them.