Even though the season is officially over, there are still plenty of upcoming activities. I like this time of year when it seems like all events are tailored for the people who live here. I also like that most of them are centered around food.

This Friday is the Cultural Festival sponsored by ACE-MV at the Performing Arts Center of the high school. I was talking to Jeanette Vanderhoop while perusing her lovely jewelry at the Artisans Fair, and she mentioned the festival to me. It sounds like it will be really great, with lots of good food and performers. Tickets are $15 and kids under 12 are free; hours are 6 to 9 pm. For more information, call Lynn Ditchfield at 508-627-8373 or visit

On Saturday there is a free concert at the Chilmark Community Center. Called Reflections of Shakespeare, the music, poetry, and dance will start at 5:30 pm. It is being advertised as kid-friendly.

This Tuesday at the Aquinnah library there will be a story time and craft hour using pumpkins and gourds from 4 to 5 pm. Cathy said that the last craft hour was great fun: kids made strings of cranberries and pictures decorated with cranberries.

Absentee ballots are available at Town Hall for the upcoming election on November 2. If you know you are going to be out of town on that day stop by and pick one up. If you need it mailed to you, send your request in writing to the Town of Aquinnah, 65 State Rd. Aquinnah, MA 02535, attn. Carolyn Feltz. Please include your name, the address you would like it sent to, and your phone number. If you have any questions, call Carolyn at 508-645-2304.

This past weekend felt like a whirlwind of activity. The Aquinnah Shop, the Outermost Inn and Chilmark Tavern all shut their doors for the long, cold winter (not to project, but I’m not optimistic). All the restaurants were lively over the weekend, and it seemed like August again, especially with the lovely weather we had. There was a great storyteller at the Aquinnah library, the popcorn festival at Native Earth Teaching Farm, and sales at practically every store up and down the Island.

We also said goodbye to many Aquinnah summer residents who we will not see again until the spring. Safe travels, friends, and have a warm and cozy winter. On Saturday night, Native Earth hosted a pig roast and during the day at the festival you could see the pig roasting on a spit. My son looked at it and asked if it was going to oink. I said that particular pig was not going to oink again.