The autumn air has remained in the 50s throughout the week, but the frost is on the pumpkins most nights. Tuesday was an absolutely warm, calm day for getting out to enjoy the sounds of nature. Dress appropriately for deer season.
The staff at Aquinnah Public Library continues to have wonderful programs for all ages to enjoy. Every Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. there is story time for young children and their caregivers. Every Saturday will feature crafts after lunch. Fun crafts and activities with Barbara will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 brings fun crafts and apple-y treats. Lets Play Twister happens on Nov. 9, so come and play a crazy twisty game with your friends. November is digital download month for adults at the library. Stop by on Saturdays for a cup of coffee or tea and have help downloading from the extensive CLAMS digital library of books, music and entertainment. So grab your Kindle, iPad or whatever and head on in for assistance. Every Saturday there will be coffee, tea and treats served throughout the day.
There will be a special town meeting Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the town hall.
The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Tisbury Senior Center. Learn about the services available and provided for those seniors ages 55 and up. The public is invited to learn more about our greatest need for a permanent home for the Supportive Day Program. There are volunteer opportunities available, especially for upcoming events. Board members are still needed from most of the towns. See you there.
Archery season is upon us through the end of the year. Please wear bright orange on your walks these days. The tribal weigh-in station is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Learn about their program to make a donation of venison.
Thank you to Tribal Human Services Director Bonnie Chalifoux and her assistant Kristina Kestenbaum Leslie for sponsoring an elders luncheon at the Coonamesset Inn on Thursday. It was a joint luncheon with many of the Mashpee elders; about 50 of us were in attendance. Laughter was the appetizer for the day, especially provided by Brad Lopes who always keeps everyone laughing. Gifts were given of tribal hats and smudge bags with sage. Following the luncheon, everyone headed to the Mashpee Museum for a tour given by Kitty Hendricks. Needless to say, a grand time was had by all.
Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Constance Penelope Huff Glavin, affectionately known by all as Penny, who passed away at her Aquinnah home on Monday evening. Penny and I worked together at the Ocean View in the mid 1970s and over the decades we would often reminisce about the escapades we observed while there. We worked near each other at the cliffs where we would greet each other and chat for a few moments each morning, usually grateful for the beautiful weather and the magnificent views. She was a welcoming presence and assistant during her past few years working at the Aquinnah library — a job she most enjoyed. Penny is survived by her husband James Glavin, her children James Jr., Celeste, Maya and Farley, as well as by her mother Constance Fuller Sanborn of West Chop and her brothers Nick and Chico. She is also survived by her stepdaughter Gimili Glavin and grandson Elliott Berz. She was the daughter of the late Arlie Huff. There will be a visitation at the Aquinnah town hall this afternoon from 3 to 7 p.m. There will be a graveside service at North Cemetery on Saturday at 1 p.m. under the guidance of Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, with a potluck gathering at the Aquinnah town hall following the service.
Tom Dresser, Herb Foster and Jay Schofield are collecting memories of World War II on the Vineyard. If you have photographs, memories to share or other specifics about Vineyard life during the war, please contact Tom at 508-693-1050. Any stories about the Coast Guard Station Gay Head atop the cliffs or the bunkers on the cliffs are welcome. The romances that blossomed from those war years and those who settled on the Vineyard is another book in itself.
Happy birthday wishes today to Shirley Donaroma. Ryan Malonson will celebrate on Saturday upon his return from USET. Abigail Lana Peterson, Kayla Foster and Janice Sylvia share the day on Sunday. Melissa Vanderhoop Abrams, James Willis, and Cheryl Holenko party on Nov. 4. Elizabeth Witham and Gary Cook celebrate on Nov. 5. John Hanavan, Susan Peters and Daryn Foster share Nov. 6. Grand matriarch Trudy Taylor and her great-granddaughter Fiona Brown share the day on Nov. 7.