A really beautiful sunset on Tuesday evening–a nice ending to a very cold day in Aquinnah after numerous grey days. It will be even better to enjoy that extra minute of light at the end of each day for the next few months.

The Aquinnah Christmas party will be on Sunday, Dec. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the town hall. Santa Claus will arrive by his usual mode of transport aboard the Aquinnah fire truck at around 6 p.m. There will be a potluck dinner, so please bring a dish to share, as well as a little holiday cheer.

The kids craft tomorrow at Aquinnah Public Library will be to make a snowflake ornament. On Dec. 27, it is pizza night at the library with a kids movie, pizza and veggies at 5 p.m.

Community Baptist Church of Gay Head will observe Christmas Eve services with Reverend Leo Christian on Monday, Dec. 24 with the annual candlelight service being held at 5 p.m. Traditional lessons, Christmas carols and lighting of the candles. First Baptist Church in Tisbury will observe candlelight service at 7 p.m. at the corner of Spring and William streets. For more information, please call 508-693-1539.

For a last minute gift, stop by Charlie Hoye’s Out House Pottery at 1294 State Road. He still has a great assortment of his earthen work available. Please remember to place your money in the jar.

Joan Lelacheur is having flexible appointments and meetings at her studio–or can meet you wherever you find convenient. She has ocean jewelry, tiles, pendants and so many pretty items to choose from. Please call her at 508-645-9954 or 508-939-1691 or e-mail at joanlela57@gmail.com.

All the best to Joshua T. Brooks who was discharged this past week from the U.S. Coast Guard after fulfilling his four-year commitment. Josh will head back to Queens, N.Y. where he anticipates a career as a fireman, having already passed the examination for the position. He will return to visit his friends at Station Menemsha when the weather is a little warmer.

Noah and Sammy Kausch will arrive this weekend to spend Christmas with their grandparents Tom and Christine Murphy.

Kathy Kendrick is looking forward to having a houseful of family for Christmas at their Pancake Hollow home and looks forward to her son, Jeffrey, arriving Friday from California.

Sincerest condolences to the families and friends of Robert Brown, Edmund Cottle, Beverly DeSorcy, Marie Edgar, Joan Glodis, Louis Goodwin, Jean Hathaway, Lucille Martone and Dr. Antone Teixeria.

May you have a very merry Christmas as you share special moments with your family and friends

Happy birthday wishes this week to Molly Fischer as she celebrates Friday; Theresa Kistner Manning will celebrate on Dec. 22 and shares the day with David Pothier; Mrs. Gabi Vanderhoop observes her special day on the 23rd; Naushon Vanderhoop and William Kestenbaum share the day on Dec. 26.

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