As we enjoy the final weekend of May, the temperature has been in the 60s, and along the byways of Aquinnah the shadbush and the beach plum bushes are in full bloom. Welcome signs as we continue life during this Covid-19 crisis.

The annual town meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 23 at 1 p.m. in front of the Aquinnah Fire Station. The annual town election will be on Wednesday, June 24 with the polls open from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Aquinnah town hall. The last day to register to vote or to change party enrollment for the annual town election is June 12. Early voting and absentee ballots are available for the annual town election. For further information, please call the town clerk at 508-645-2304.

Beach passes and parking permits will be available at the Aquinnah town offices as of June 1.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center presents a virtual talk on June 6 at 6 p.m. with Dr. Elizabeth Hoover, associate professor of American Studies at Brown University. The topic will be Farmers, Chefs and Water Protectors: Food Sovereignty in Indian Country. Email for Zoom information.

The Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force has added several virtual resources to their website,, to provide guidance and inspiration to parents and families in a Covid-19 world.

The Holy Ghost Association of Martha’s Vineyard was formed in 1920s by the descendants of Portuguese immigrants who dedicated their efforts to social, educational, and civic responsibilities. A donation may be mailed to Holy Ghost Association , Box 2203, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 or go to their Go Fund Me website.

Have you pre-ordered the latest book by Skip Finley entitled Whaling Captains of Color - America’s First Meritocracy. Orders may be made through Bunch of Grapes Bookstore by calling 508-693-2291 for curbside pick-up or mailing. The expected date of release is June 15.

It was nice that many families socially isolated while here to open their summer homes for the season.

Congratulations to Noah Manning who was elected president of his ninth grade class at Falmouth Academy when school reconvenes. At present, Noah is the treasurer of his eighth grade class at Falmouth Academy. He made his campaign speech atop the cliffs, creating a video for virtual viewing by his classmates.

Happy 13th anniversary to Isaac and Noli Taylor on June 2.

Happy Birthday wishes to Fatine Othmane on May 19, president of the USCG Menemsha Spouses Association. May 28 is a day of celebration for Nonie Madison, Christy Vanderhoop and Susan Anderson who will be observing a milestone. Latham Higgins will be 16 on May 28, and Cora Keegan who will be seven years old that day. Nancy Benoit parties on May 29. Susie Crowley parties on May 30, sharing the day with Michael Gilman. Roxane Ackerman also parties on May 30. And June 4 is a day of celebration for Maurice Dore, Jason Widdiss and Jenny Born.