We are truly being blessed with amazing September weather. I took a walk on the beach this weekend with Adam Gebb while our sons played in the ocean. Adam and his wife, Gretchen, were here for one last bit of summer and then they will be back next year.

Poor Emerson Mahoney has broken his arm during a hockey game, he will be in a cast for six weeks! Get well soon Emerson. In other Mahoney new, Ella is having a great time in New York City at school, working hard but finding time to get to some fun things in the city as well. Juli is still doing pizza night on Wednesdays, 5–8 pm, through the end of October.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center is offering a tour of the Vanderhoop Homestead this Friday and Saturday and next Wednesday from 11 am to 4 pm. They have exhibits up about Wampanoag whaling and Gay Head clay and pottery. For more information, please call 508-645-7900 or email

Featherstone Center for the Arts is holding the 3rd Annual Artists Studio Tour on Saturday, September 28, from 10 to 4 pm. Tickets are $30, which allows guests to visit 16 artists who will open their studios and showcase their artwork. There are two from Aquinnah, Roberta Gross and Joan LeLacheur, and one from Chilmark, Wendy Weldon. The rest are scattered throughout the Island, but if you are an art lover and missed most of the shows that happened over the summer this is a great way to see some of the incredible art being made here on the Island. It is not just painting: there is wampum work, glass blowing, tapestry, and mixed media. The Artist Studio Tour originated in 2011 in celebration of Featherstone’s 15th anniversary. Tickets may be purchased by calling Featherstone at 508-693-1850. Or you can also stop by Featherstone and check out the Richard Lee retrospective that is up through October 6.

This Saturday at the library there will be a craft hour devoted to the art and science of making paper airplanes. It starts at 1pm.

Sassafras has many activities this fall. They will have an Open House at the Living Local Harvest Festival on October 5 where you can sign up for their fall programs. Some of the programs they will be offering are Nature’s Nest for parents with young children, Squirrels & Coyotes and Wild Families for the entire family, and the Circle of Life Journey for adults. There will also be a workshop or an event every third Saturday of the month. Go to for all the information or call Saskia at 508-645-2008. You can also get all the details at the Living Local Open House.

Seasonal Aquinnah resident and Swarthmore college professor, Phil Weinstein is teaching a course/discussion group at the Vineyard Haven library titled, Discovering Faulkner’s Fiction. The next one will be on Tuesdays, October 22 and November 5, at 7 pm to discuss “The Sound and the Fury”, and “Light in August” will be discussed over three Tuesdays in November and December. The library requests that you sign up online at if you are interested in taking the course.

Elliot Dacher will be teaching his meditation course at the hospital every Wednesday, 6–8:15 pm, starting this week. This is a great class, I took it two years ago and I still use tools that I learned in it. The class costs $130. And you can register by emailing or by calling 508-862-1940. Elliot will also teach a drop-in series at the Y on Saturday morning, 9:30–11:30 am, with the next one on November 16.

ACE MV is starting their fall season soon and one of the things they are focusing on this year is providing training relevant to small businesses. They have partnered with SCORE of Cape Cod and the Islands to offer, among other small business classes, a Successful Small Business Management workshop. SCORE is a nonprofit, small business mentoring service. They are a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, with a mission to grow successful small businesses in the United States. The SCORE chapter of Cape Cod and the Islands will be offering their six-week workshop in two-hour segments every Wednesday evening, starting October 9. The curriculum of the workshop includes small business start-up tools, financial management, marketing, creating a business plan and an introduction to e-commerce, with the basics of creating a professional looking online presence. Along with the SCORE workshop, ACE MV is offering other business related classes such as Excel for Beginners, QuickBooks Computer Bookkeeping, Photoshop, iPad Basics and Photo Editing with Adobe Lightroom 5. This series of small business classes will not be offered in the spring, so anybody who wishes to make use of this resource this year should register with ACE MV for the fall classes, which start this October. Online registration at; in-person registration is at the Course Sampling Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 5–6:30 pm, at MVRHS.

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