The Vineyard has felt like three seasons in one week. We had a slightly balmy day with a brisk wind on Veterans Day to view the splendid parade in Oak Bluffs with many of our veterans participating along with the impressive honor guard from Menemsha Coast Guard Station, sheriff’s department, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. Tuesday we had our first snowfall for the season, you know, one of those global warming occurrences one would tend to blame, with the snow remaining on the trees, the ground and covering the flowers still in bloom. Wednesday we awoke to temperatures in the low 20s. The weekend will be back in the high 50s to complete yard work for the season.
Aquinnah Public Library will feature cupcake decorating tomorrow. On Nov. 23, stories of Hanukkah and the making of dreidels and menorahs will be the highlight. If you have any extra crafting items, Barbara would welcome donations for the crafting box, which is in use year round.
If you happened to miss Martha Coakley at Howes House on Saturday, don’t despair. She has promised to return during her campaign to answer further questions. Her enthusiasm to respond to the audience was spirited and her responses were excellent. We look forward to her next session.
The healthy aging forum sponsored by the Donors Collaborative was another successful event this past week, with 75 attendees. Everyone present had concerns for the growing population of Vineyard elders. There are quite a few committees with space available for more volunteers to share their time and talents. We will be looking for your support.
The wintertime Farmers’ Market will be held at the Agricultural Hall for the next two Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be available from Little Rock Farm and music will be provided for your listening pleasure. A fun time to start planning your Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with local foods, Linda Alley’s jams and jellies, and gift ideas.
The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will convene its annual meeting on Wednesday, November 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Tisbury Senior Center. Learn more about the many programs provided for elders across the Vineyard
The annual tribal elections are upon us — Sunday, Nov. 17. We have waited a long time to find a viable candidate and one that will lead our Aquinnah tribe with diplomacy, value our sense of community, acknowledge our history and traditions, respect our Aquinnah community and our Aquinnah elders, respect our sacred lands, one to participate in our community activities, to meet with our town fathers and department directors as needed, and especially to listen. Tobias J. Vanderhoop will be at the forefront of my mind as tribal members head to the polls on Sunday.
Condolences to the families of William Brown, Richard DeBettencourt and Dorothy West, who all died this week. They were all vital members of the Vineyard community for decades, serving in many capacities for the good of so many. They will all be missed, especially for their many contributions in making this the best place to live.
Get well wishes to Peter Ives as he recuperates from his orthopedic surgery.
Get well wishes to Anne Vanderhoop Madison who is now a patient at Spaulding Rehab, 311 Service Road, Sandwich, MA 02537. A card will do as her time is spent in physical therapy most of the day. She anticipates being home by Thanksgiving.
Carrie Anne Vanderhoop Bellis returned this week after taking her daughter Rosalie home to Masset, British Columbia to be with her father Tyler Bellis. Carrie Anne will return to Masset in a couple of weeks.
Happy birthday wishes to Suesan Stovall as she celebrates today while performing at the Ritz tonight. Hannah Malkin will observe her special day on Nov. 17. Benjamin Booker will be 16 years old on Sunday — wow, three teenagers driving in their household. Max Butler will celebrate a major milestone on Nov. 20. Conrad Noble and Junior Vinson celebrate the day on Nov. 21. Curtis Sayles and Kathryn Corjulo party on Nov. 22.