Congratulations and all the best to William Durwood (Woody) Vanderhoop and Jamie Sue Spears who were married on April 17 in San Diego, Calif. They are still having their traditional ceremony in September as planned with their family and friends. Their honeymoon included a side trip to Los Angeles and Hollywood and a drive up the California coast.

Reminder, The Soloist opens today worldwide. Producer Gary Foster is a seasonal resident of Aquinnah. The movie is about a Julliard trained musician who has dreams of being a pianist at the Disney Concert Hall. He is a homeless schizophrenic who resides on the streets in Los Angeles and was befriended by a journalist who assists him in achieving his goal. Jamie Foxx, Catherine Keener and Robert Downey Jr. star in the film.

The Aquinnah Shop is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. seven days a week. Anne has reported that they will extend their schedule next month but for now they are serving breakfast and lunch.

The annual Aquinnah Wampanoag spring social will be held on Sunday, April 26 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Tribal Building on Black Brook Road. Please bring a dish to share as there will be guests arriving from several New England tribes. The afternoon will be filled with dancing, drumming and singing.

The Trustees of the Aquinnah Public Library will host a community dinner followed by a public forum on Monday, May 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the library. Cheryl Bryan, a consultant with Southeastern Massachusetts Library System, will facilitate a discussion about planning for the future of the library; space needs, staffing, programs and expansion of services are all concerns for the community to think about. Your valuable input is needed.

Noah James Manning returned home on Sunday following his incredibly amazing and adventurous 10-day vacation in San Diego. He enjoyed his first airplane ride, a trip to the San Diego Zoo, a San Diego Padres game, two days at Lego Land, the Wild Animal Kingdom, Sea World, a tour aboard the U.S.S. Midway, picking strawberries at the Strawberry Farm, dinners in Old Town, and the swimming pool, as it was still not yet beach weather but great for walks in the sand. He made a new acquaintance, Keene, who asked him where he lived. Noah replied, “I lived in Aquinnah but now I live in a hotel.” Oh, the imagination of two-year-olds. For his upcoming third birthday, it will assuredly be a Lego Land theme. Noah was accompanied on his unforgettable journey by his parents Paul and Theresa.

Theresa Kistner Manning and Jamie Spears Vanderhoop returned home this week after attending a conference in relation to their work as coordinators for the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Task Force. They learned a great deal and enjoyed their trip to San Diego.

Brooke McKillop and her sisters Debra Russell and Leslie Begert arrived on Easter Sunday to visit with their Aquinnah family and friends. They especially enjoyed their time with their aunt, Beatrice Vanderhoop Gentry, taking many photographs of their last remaining Vanderhoop aunt. The ladies are the daughters of Ronald Taylor and the late Barbara (Vanderhoop) of Gig Harbor, Wash. Debra and Leslie returned to Washington on Thursday while Brooke’s husband, Denis McKillop, arrived for a brief stay. They returned to their home in Washington on Saturday with plans to return soon with their children.

Congratulations to Faith Smalley, daughter of Jay and Millicent, who was chosen as the Head Girl Dancer for the Annual Pow Wow at the Children’s Museum in Boston. The Pow Wow will be held on May 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with grand entry at noon.

Dr. Gary Zwicky and his wife, Elaine, are grateful for the heroic efforts made by their son Fred between his photography classes at Bradley University in Peoria. The mess of boxes remaining from Gary’s five hospitalization-interrupted efforts to make sense of his accumulations were finally reorganized by Fred. Their house was “dis-organed” when Fred took apart the obsolete electronic organ for disposal, leaving more room for Gary to move and even have the office he has always wanted. Elaine and Gary are now joined by Jackie Johnson as a live-in companion.

Condolences to the family of Leona Maciel who died April 15. Lee was the wife of James Maciel and mother of Neal and Corliss Maciel of Tisbury. A memorial service will be held later in the year.

Condolences to the family of Nancy Leighton who was a teacher in Oak Bluffs and a longtime family friend.

Condolences to the family of Connie Leonard, who with her late husband Freeman were longtime friends of Community Baptist Church of Gay Head. Connie was the longtime editor of the Baptist Breeze which covered the news of both churches.

Belated happy birthday wishes this week to Oliver Hughes on April 15 and to my favorite news editor Lauren Martin on April 21. Belated happy 30th birthday wishes to Tim Laursen who celebrated April 22.

And to Jackie Johnson while on duty at the Zwicky home. Lorraine Clark celebrates on April 25. Major Elliot will be six on April 26. Jean Lince celebrates April 27. Naomi Scott will be 17 on April 28. Albert E. Rose will celebrate on April 29.