Spring is in the air around Aquinnah. Blossoms of forsythia are in along the byways. Temperatures are in the high 50s. More songbirds arriving every day. It is the end of a very mild winter on the Vineyard.

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will quietly observe the 33rd anniversary of federal acknowledgement on April 10. The annual spring social scheduled for April 26 has been canceled. The tribal food program is temporarily closed.

During the Covid-19 crisis, there are many angels in our community. If you cannot afford groceries, there are support options available. Call Martha’s Vineyard Community Services food resource line 508-693-7900, ext 410 to talk through your needs and identify services to help. Or call the Aquinnah Community Emergency Response Team — Morgan Hodgson at 202-372-7269 or Noli Taylor at 508-560-0593.

In need of a meaningful gift for someone? Joannie LeLacheur has a lot of beautiful ocean jewelry on sale. For an appointment, text or call 508-939-1691. Joan is willing to meet you in a mutually agreeable outdoor location.

Kristina Kestenbaum Leslie is happy to report that her grandson Darrius Lewis has recently secured a position with Aramark in San Diego following his graduation from Temple University in 2019. Darrius has been the Aquinnah parking lot attendant for the past five summers. He and his brother Philip summered with their grandparents Kristina and the late Ted Leslie over the past two decades.

Charlie Staples, grandson of Kristina Kestenbaum Leslie, is 13 years old and resides in Los Angeles and has been offered an opportunity to do voice overs for animation. He is hoping to start his career at an early age.

Bingo has been in play in Aquinnah — the kind that does not involve any exchange of currency. While socially distancing these days, three families in Aquinnah, one in Chilmark, one in West Tisbury, one in Edgartown, and one in Falmouth all enjoyed an evening playing bingo on Zoom. It was a fun time for these young families without spending a dime.

My friend Wes Brighton arrived in Menemsha over the weekend aboard his fishing vessel the Martha Rose with 500 pounds of sea scallops. He sold out in two hours. We enjoyed sea scallops for dinner on Tuesday evening. Thank you Wes.

We have enjoyed lobsters and littlenecks from Menemsha Fish Market, thanks to Stanley and Lanette Larsen. You may call Stanley and Lanette at 508-645-2282 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for expedient service to place your order and pick up it up curbside at the front door.

This week we enjoyed the different artisanal breads from Grey Barn Farm. All were delicious. One would hardly need to leave up-Island with such gastronomic delights so close by.

Happy Easter. May your Passover week be insightful.

Happy 59th anniversary to John and Gabi Vanderhoop on April 14. Happy 46th anniversary to Captain Hugh and Jeanne Taylor on April 15. Happy 43rd anniversary to Walter and Linda Woods on April 16. Happy 11th anniversary to Durwood and Jamie Sue Vanderhoop on April 17.

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Mary Wolfson who celebrated on April 4 sharing the day with Mato Wagner who is now ten years old.

Happy Birthday wishes to Judith Manning Milavsky on April 11 as she shares the day with Robert Rose and Tim Kausch; Barbara Wallen, Kathy Mercier, and Eddie Cisek will party on April 12; April 13 is a day of celebration for Erick Moore who will be ten years old, sharing the day with Prudy Whiting, Jill Woollacott, Don Sexton and Jan Hatchard; Lucas Belain will be 15 on April 14; Todd Keegan parties on April 15; Brooks Carroll and Peyton Jeffers party on April 16; Greg Martino will celebrate on April 17.