Now that it's October the seasonal closings have begun. The Dreamcatcher and the Aquinnah Shop are both closed. Columbus Day weekend (next weekend) will see the closing of the Chilmark Store, the Chilmark Tavern and the Outermost Inn. Kudos to Faith's Seafood Shack, On the Cliffs, How Was Wee, and Hartmartcha Gifts, up at the cliffs, that keep it going, weather permitting, through October. How Was Wee will be open weekends in November through Thanksgiving. Faith's is the only restaurant open at the Cliffs now and they are busy in this good weather. Adrianna will be holding her famous 50 percent off sale next week at On the Cliffs. The exact day depends on the weather so keep an eye on her Facebook page for the announcement.
This Sunday is the Gay Head 10K race fundraiser, and there is still time to register if you would like to run. The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse committee asks that you register by 11:59 pm on Friday. You can register online at gayheadlight.org. There is a $30 entrance fee. If you do not want to run but would like to participate in the event, contact Martha Vanderhoop via the website (or you could just pop up to her store at the Cliffs and talk to her in person). At the least please come and cheer the runners on. I'm sure there will be a 10K cocktail party somewhere in Aquinnah — once the race is over, of course.
Also this weekend is the Living Local Harvest Fest, an annual event that has become a fall tradition. There will be events all day Saturday at the Ag Hall for the whole family and then a local potluck Saturday night complete with live music. Everyone who comes is asked to bring a dish that contains at least one local ingredient, and no, buying it at Cronig's does not count as local. Remember to bring your own dishes and flatware as well.
Cranberry Day is next Tuesday, when all the Wampanoag kids will be out in the bogs harvesting cranberries. Here's hoping for a good harvest.
The electronics disposal day is next Saturday, October 12, from 9 am to 12 noon at Community Services. Dig up your old computers, TVs, washers, dryers, etc. and bring them on down. Discounts given for carloads.
I am very sad to report that Paul Petersiel died last Wednesday. Paul was a longtime summer resident of Aquinnah with his wife of 44 years, Louise, and their two daughters, Jenna and Erica. Paul and his family took over the Chilmark Tavern in 2010 and I will always remember him (in his big black glasses) sitting at a table by the front saying hello and talking to everyone that came in. Paul was an epic figure and it is hard to believe that someone with so much life in them is now gone. There was a memorial service this past Friday in Swampscott and there will be a celebration of his life here next summer. Paul will be dearly missed and my heart goes out to his family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, P.O. Box 1245, Albert Lea, MN 56007 or the charity of your choice. For online condolences, please visit stanetskyhymansonsalem.com.