Aquinnah

While spring seems to be bursting out all over the Island, there are still spots of gray up in Aquinnah. Come on, Mother Nature: turn it up a notch, will you? Enough with the cold wind and the bare trees. Could we just have a little more green and warmth? Please?

Conratulations to the winner of yesterday’s election. Although I do not envy either woman, what with the constant meetings that selectmen must attend, they should both be lauded for participating in the process.

Pizza is back at the Orange Peel Bakery. Saturdays from 2 to 5 pm you can show up with your toppings and Juli will provide the pizza, all for a suggested donation of $10 per person.

All of the gift shops are open at the Cliffs, along with the Aquinnah shop. Faith’s Seafood Shack will open Memorial Day weekend. Nonie Madison and her husband Dan Sauer hope to have their new space 7A Foods (the old Back Alley’s) open by the beginning of June; they will also be selling their vegetables at the Farmer’s Market in West Tisbury on Saturdays only.

Come by the old Town Hall on Tuesday, May 17, at 5 pm to hear Adam Wilson speak about his new novel, “The Road to Sagarmartha.” There will be copies of the book available to buy, and Adam will be happy to sign them for you.

Also on Tuesday, the Dukes County Youth Task Force will host a talk by Dr. Martha Straus called, “Parenting Teens with Heart and Courage” at 7 pm at the High School Culinary Arts room; you can call 508-696-5304 for all the details.

The Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group celebrates its 25th Anniversary at its annual Gala fundraiser, An Evening Under the Stars, at The Granary Gallery, 636 Old County Road, West Tisbury on Thursday, May 19, from 6 to 9 pm.

For 25 years, the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group has quietly been helping Island cancer patients and their families in two very important ways — through weekly group support meetings and financial aid. There is a support group meeting for cancer patients and their families every Wednesday at 12 noon at the MV Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven. The group also provides financial assistance to Island cancer patients on an emergency and temporary basis. Since its inception, the group has given away over $425,000 to Vineyard families. MVCSG is run by a volunteer board of directors headed by board president Myra Stark; there is no paid staff. All monies raised go directly to Vineyard families living with cancer. Beverages, a wide selection of hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Leslie Hewsen will be served throughout the evening. Music will be provided by Mike Benjamin. Dress is “casual elegance.” Please come out to support this great group. Nearly everyone on this Island has been affected by cancer and the support group does such good work.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by mailing your check to MV Cancer Support Group, P.O. Box 2214, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or at the door on the evening of the gala. Admission is $100 per person. For further information on the benefit, call Jane Carroll at 508-696-9849 or email her at Jcarrollmv@aol.com.

If you missed Amy Brenneman’s show, “Mouth Wide Open,” which debuted at The Yard last summer, you can catch it at American Repertory Theatre in Boston from May 24 to 29.

A very big congratulations to Saskia Vanderhoop’s son, Evan Hall, who was awarded a Bill Gates scholarship, which will completely cover the cost of his education through the doctorate level. In these days of enormous bills that create enormous debt just to pay for school, this is wonderful news. Evan will begin his studies at Berklee College of Music in the fall.

Aquinnah high school student Elsie Fantasia was nominated to serve as a delegate in the 2011 Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development.

Alex Taylor and Shawn Macphail, and Isaac and Noli Taylor hosted a great block party on Sunday. There were treats from the grill, Mac n’ Cheese, and lots, and I mean lots, of cake. It was a great family event, with nearly every kid in Aquinnah and a bunch from other towns running around, play-acting Star Wars, swinging on the giant swing, and sneaking pieces of cake. My son got to the party and hit the ground running. Even though he expended so much energy, he was so thrilled by the experience that it still took him a while to get to sleep after we got home.