The Aquinnah Shop is open for breakfast and lunch. They opened their doors for the season on Mother’s Day. Dreamcatcher Snack Bar will open on Saturday and then all the retail and eating establishments at the Cliffs will be open. The lighthouse will open for sunset tours in June and the Aquinnah Cultural Center in the Vanderhoop Homestead will also be opening in June.

There are two events of note happening this evening; the first is a public information forum on what the Island’s most pressing health needs are. It will be held at the Vineyard Haven Library from 7 to 8:30pm. The second event is the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group fundraiser from 6-9pm at Mediterranean. Admission is $100. There will be hot and cold appetizers, beverages, and music by Mike Benjamin and his band; the dress is Vineyard elegant. The MVCSG holds a weekly support group every Wednesday at 12 noon at the Hebrew Center and they also offer financial assistance to families affected by cancer.

The Beach Plum Inn is opening this weekend, they will be offering dinner nightly. I had lunch recently at Menemsha Café and it was so good. I asked Josh when they would be open for dinner and he’s not sure because he and his wife, Angela, are expecting a baby in July, so they are playing it by ear.

Local artist Marianne Neill will be showing her recent gouache paintings at the Chilmark Library for three weeks starting this Saturday. The opening reception is on Saturday from 3-5pm.

Our annual town meeting was held last week and went off quite smoothly. It started with Walter Delaney stepping down as moderator after 35 years of service. Spencer Booker presented him with a plaque; I think after 35 years, he should have gotten a trip to Disney World, but I guess that wasn’t in the budget. Thank you Walter for all your years of service.

There has been more drama at the library this week, Michelle was taken ill and had to be rushed off-Island. The doctors are running many tests and are not sure what the diagnosis is, but she is getting better and is upbeat. Please keep Michelle and her husband Phil in your thoughts as they go through this. The only silver lining I see to this is that maybe Jenny will stay on at the library a little bit longer now.

Memorial Day is almost here, which seems unbelievable but there it is. Soon there will be more and more people on the Island and no time to do anything because we’ll all be working too hard. So, let’s enjoy the last little respite before it gets really hectic.