Slowly, slowly things are coming to life here in Aquinnah. No word yet on when things at the Cliffs will be open. Faith and James do not have a date yet for the Seafood Shack opening and The Aquinnah Shop is usually open by Mother’s Day, but I haven’t gotten the official word. Winter is hanging on tight with some cold days, but spring is happening — you just have to look for it. If you are planting a garden this year, stop by the Aquinnnah Library for seeds. They have a bunch that were donated by Mike at Heather Gardens.

The next Blood Pressure and Health Counseling Clinic will be held in the Town Hall today Thursday, April 11, 2–3 pm. Free and open to all Aquinnah residents. If you have any questions contact the Town Nurse, Mary E. McLaughlin, RN at 781-534-2543.

Tonight at Pathways they will be presenting Oceans Wilderness: Inhabiting Spaces off Usual Routes. Both Richard Skidmore and Joan LeLacheur will be participating in this performance. Richard will also be participating in Oceans Wilderness 2 on Tuesday. Both performances will be in the evening, but the flyer I was sent did not include a time, so look for the sign outside the Chilmark Tavern the day of the event for the exact time.

At its meeting on Saturday, April 13, the M.V. Democratic Council will be hosting representatives of the two Congressmen who are vying for the Democratic nomination for U. S. Senator: Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch. This is a hard-fought election between two very different but experienced Congressmen, with the outcome to be decided at the primary being held on April 30. Except for one more televised debate on April 22, this will be the only opportunity Vineyarders will have to compare the two candidates and what they stand for, and we encourage all Democrats to attend this meeting to decide for yourselves. The meeting will take place at the Howes House in West Tisbury, across from Alley’s Store, from 9 to 10:30 am.

The next kids’ movie and pizza night at the Aquinnah Library will be Thursday, April 18, and they will host a drop-in Earth Day craft workshop on Saturday, April 20.

Join the Vineyard Conservation Society Saturday, April 20, from 10 am to 12 noon for their annual Earth Day Beach Clean-up. Meet at Lobsterville, Philbin, or the tribal beaches for two hours of service to our beautiful shorelines and then head down to the Harbor View Hotel for the after party from 12 noon to 2 pm. This is an Island-wide event, and you can check out the VCS website for the full list of beaches at

David Vanderhoop has much enjoyed the company of his daughter, Carrie, and her three-year-old daughter, Rosalie both of whom visited last week. His wife, Saskia, and their daughter, Nanauwe, are in Holland right now.

Olga Langer, Curtis Langer’s mother and Rodeo Purves-Langer’s Nana, passed away last Thursday at the age of 91. She had a great sense of humor (I’m tempted to tell some of her favorite jokes here but none of them are appropriate for a family newspaper) and a huge love for her family. She will be greatly missed by her Island family here in Aquinnah.

Happy birthday to Lexie Roth who celebrates this Sunday: I hope someone sings to you for a change.