The weather has drastically changed from autumn to winter already. Most of the leaves have left and we’ve had a few mornings in the 20s. We had blustery winds mid week with boats and airplanes being cancelled.
Deer hunting by shotgun begins on Monday so please dress appropriately. Deer may be checked in at the tribal check-in station from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week. Perhaps you would consider donating a deer or two to the tribe — ask about the donation program.
Tomorrow will be Legos day at the Aquinnah library, and the building begins at noon. There will also be cartoons shown and snacks available, as well as coffee and tea for the adults who tag along.
Adam Wilson, Aquinnah town administrator, has noted there are two openings on the Aquinnah finance committee. Any Aquinnah resident/voter who is interested should send a letter of intent to Aquinnah town moderator Michael Hebert at 65 State Road in Aquinnah.
Peacecraft, with crafts and holiday goods from Haiti and other countries, will be open for the holidays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 30 Main street in Tisbury behind the Beach House.
Lindsey Morris Provost Photography, in collaboration with Simply Soaps at 55 Circuit avenue in Oak Bluffs, will have a sale on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by for a little holiday cheer. Lindsey is graciously donating a portion of her profits from the event to the Island Autism Group.
My dear Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School schoolmate Herb Ward would like to remind us that the Federated Church of Edgartown will hold its Festival of Wreaths on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on South Summer street in Edgartown. There will be 75 originally designed and hand-decorated wreaths for $45 each. Admission is $10 with refreshments served, and the proceeds will benefit the maintenance of the 1832 Sara Mayhew Parsonage. For further information, please call Marna Waller at 508-627-4421.
My friend Jane Coakley, executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, would like to remind everyone of the Thanksgiving concert on Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Whaling Church. Tickets are $20 at the door, and are free for students.
Dan Sauer and his wife Noni Madison returned this past week after a very quick trip to meet her cousin Holly (Jenkinson) Bario in Manhattan for dinner. Holly has once again produced another great DreamWorks movie, Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn. One will find Holly in Chilmark with her parents Pat and Joan Jenkinson for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Anne Vanderhoop Madison has arrived home from her three-week ordeal, which included hospitals and rehab. She is using a walker for now, but will most likely toss it aside to get ready to host her holiday open house.
My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Sally Dixon Wiener who passed away at her home in Manhattan on Nov. 13. Sally and her late husband John and their children enjoyed their Aquinnah home for the past half century, and later it was enjoyed by their grandchildren. Sally was a retired journalist and one of my critics. I am very fortunate to have spent time with Sally and her friend Van Rogers during her recent stay at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. We had a very lengthy and historic visit, and she wanted to share her Aquinnah memories. Sally is survived by her children John, Ellen and Ann, and by her grandchildren Sophia, Claire, Emma and Samuel — she was incredibly proud of them and their accomplishments. Sally is also survived by her devoted companion Van Rogers. A memorial service will be held on the Vineyard next summer.
Happy 25th anniversary wishes to Marshall Lee and Martha Vanderhoop as they celebrate on Dec. 3.
Happy birthday wishes to Coltrane Leport who shares the day with Ryan Mendez on Dec. 1. Nancy Caldwell parties in Paris while Noah Mayrand parties in San Francisco on Dec. 2. Tuesday will be a day of celebration for Millicent Smalley, Durwood Vanderhoop, Farley Glavin, Vern Welch and fellow Vineyard Gazette columnist/Father Time, John S. Alley. Jacob Vanderhoop parties on the Dec. 4, as will Soraya Randolph. Dr. Melissa Nichols Mahoney, Ted Howes and George Szilassy party on Dec. 5. A very special birthday wish for Liz Durkee on Dec. 6.