The Aquinnah Shop has officially opened for the season, the Dreamcatcher opens tomorrow, and now all the shops and eateries will be open at the Cliffs for the season.

The Aquinnah Public Library has replaced the outdoor book return box, and the new unit is now operational! You need no longer return library materials to the Aquinnah town hall. Thanks to Jed Smith and his ingenuity, the new library drop is in the door of the red shed, next to where the original book return box once resided. The library drop receives all materials and media. Thank you for your patience during the long process to replace the equipment.

Artist Marianne Neill would like to invite everyone to an exhibit of her recent gouache paintings, which will be on display at the Chilmark library during regular hours from May 22 through June 11. My favorite was her iris, which I understand already has been accounted for. Marianne will have an opening reception on Saturday, May 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. Stop by and enjoy her new beautiful works of art.

The Town of Tisbury will host their annual Memorial Day Picnic on Monday, May 31 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Tashmoo Water Works. The picnic is open to all. The VTA bus has service to and from the picnic site as parking is limited. Music will be provided by the Flying Elbows and Tristan Israel. Families will enjoy rowing on Tashmoo, pony rides, games and free ice cream. Please bring your own picnic. Grills will be available for grilling. Thanks to Sam Koohy and Stop & Shop for providing some of the watermelon, Cronig’s for providing some of the hot dogs, the Toy Box for providing some of the prizes for the children’s games, and the Martha’s Vineyard Cultural Council for providing funding for the Flying Elbows and their music. The rain date will be Sunday, June 6. Stop by to see the progress of the restoration of the 1887 Tashmoo Spring Pumping Station.

Condolences to the family and friends of Jacqueline Bilodeau, who passed away at Mass General Hospital recently. Jackie and I worked together for many years at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. In her retirement she had moved over to Falmouth for a few years but ultimately returned, and recently we were delighted to see each other again — and of course Jackie was pleased to be back home once more. We will miss her quiet charm and presence.

Nina P. Butler, daughter of Lenny and Mallory, arrived home on Wednesday after spending her Wellesley College spring semester at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland.

Condolences to the family and friends of Stan Hart, who passed away over the weekend. I must reread his books in my collection and cannot wait until his two new books are out. Stan was Stan, and we all enjoyed his enormous sense of humor and greater sense of adventure. He was always very kind to me during my stay nearby on Abel’s Hill. He will be missed immensely across the Vineyard and beyond.

Bill and Joan Kistner returned to their home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Sunday afternoon after spending a few days at the home of our grandson, Noah, and his parents, Paul and Theresa. We enjoyed family dinners together, the opening of the Sidecar Café for the season, and Joan’s birthday dinner on Saturday evening. We will look forward to their return in a few weeks.

Get well wishes to Michelle Laurie, our Aquinnah library assistant, who was transferred from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital to Massachusetts General Hospital one week ago. She is resting comfortably at this time.

Janet Meleney and her husband, Bruce Kriebel, arrived over the weekend for a visit at one of their Meleney family homes in East Chop that have been the site of their family gatherings since 1880. Janet and I attended school together in Pleasantville, N.Y., more than half a century ago. Over the years we would occasionally run into each other down-Island but had not seen each other for probably 20 years. So we had a lot of catching up to do and spent the afternoon together on Monday reminiscing about many of our former schoolmates and the four schools we attended together, a delectable lunch at Larsen’s in Menemsha, and a grand tour of Aquinnah and our Tribal Lands, where Janet’s great-aunt Grace Coit Meleney was renowned for her banding of birds. We anticipate many more mini reunions over the ensuing years.

Michael F. Sellitti Jr. arrived home this week from his freshman year studies at High Point College in North Carolina. He is once again working for the Jenkinson family in West Tisbury.

Taza Vercruyssee, son of James Vercruyssee and Layne Bazzy, has arrived home for the summer from his freshman year studies at the College of Wooster in Ohio.

Penny Weinstein arrived on Monday for the season. Her husband, Philip, will arrive next week following his semester as a professor at Swarthmore College.

Happy 26th anniversary wishes to Paul and Sylvie Vandal on May 26.

Happy birthday wishes this week to the Vineyard’s most favorite Bridget Tobin as she celebrates her special day on May 22. Maureen Dolby Stanus parties on May 22, as will Sue Carroll, Matthew Hayden, Teri King and Jailynn Hill. Janice Donaroma will party on May 22 and we will await her arrival on weekends at their Aquinnah home. Mia Rae Jeffers will be seven years old on May 23. Down-Island cousin Kay Manning will celebrate on May 24 and shares the same day as Jon Mayhew and Nicholas Wallen. Janis Vogel will party on May 25 while in Manhattan. Roberta Kinnecom Evans will party on May 25. Marsha Shufrin celebrates on May 26. John Kozboski will party on May 27 and shares the day with Maya Lee Sharp. Kayden Keith Devine will be two years old on May 27. Joanne Vanderhoop Robey, Wenonah “Nonie” Madison, and Christie Duarte all celebrate on May 28.