I was on vacation in California last week, and while I was disappointed that I did not run into anyone from the Vineyard in the five days I was there (because I feel like no matter where I go, I run into someone from the Vineyard), I was delighted to see the article in the New York Times Sunday Edition about the Vineyard’s Bass and Bluefish Derby which is going on right now and will continue well into next month. I was surprised that Buddy Vanderhoop, with his uncanny ability for publicity, was not featured, but perhaps he was keeping a low profile that day. It’s a good overview of the Derby with some nice pictures of people you will surely recognize. You can find the article on their website.

Today at the Old Town Hall, Laura Wainwright will speak on her new book, “Home Bird, Four Seasons on Martha’s Vineyard” at 5 pm. This talk is sponsored by the Aquinnah Public Library and is free and open to all, and refreshments will be served.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center is still open; if you have not stopped by to get a tour of the Center (the Vanderhoop homestead at the Cliffs) you still have a chance this Friday, September 21, or next Wednesday from 11 am to 4 pm. This Saturday, join Janette Vanderhoop, Aquinnah Wampanoag, when she talks about Sailors’ Valentines. You will learn about tribal whaling history, and you can make your own sailors’ valentine to take home. There is a $10 crafting fee. For more information on the museum, please call (508) 645-7900 or email

The Chilmark Preschool (the best preschool serving up-Island kids) is offering family photo shoots. Every family gets a 15-minute photo session with talented Island photographer, Eli Dagostino, in the fields of Beetlebung Farm. $75 per session, which includes high-resolution digital files of all photos. Proceeds benefit the preschool’s violin program. The shoots will be held on Saturday, September 29, from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm and Sunday, October 14, from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. Contact the lovely Patricia Bacon at or 401-952-7541 to schedule your session.

All Sassafras fall programs will start on October 6. There are lots of options for nature exploration for people of all ages including: Saturday Squirrels and Coyotes, Girls in the Woods, and Dirt Time for Adults, among others. For all the details contact Saskia Vanderhoop at 508-645-2008 or go to You can also check out their Facebook page.

Because of Columbus Day weekend, the next blood pressure clinic will be October 18 from 2 to 3 pm in the Aquinnah Town Hall. Free and open to all Aquinnah residents. If you have any questions, contact the town nurse, Mary McLaughlin, RN, at 781-534-2543.

Sorry for the shortness of the column, but I must finish the laundry, cook dinner, and then collapse and sleep off the jet lag.