Well, that was a dress rehearsal while awaiting the arrival of Earl who really did not even come close to visiting us. Many of us felt the curfew for being off the roads at 2 p.m. was slightly absurd. The Code Red system places those of us in Aquinnah on the map in Chilmark. In the end thought we are all grateful that the wind and rain of Friday evening was not worse. The predictions were daunting. Saturday morning it was business as usual — hurricane or no hurricane. At least the surfers had a great time.

Enjoy the winter months for all who have closed their Aquinnah summer homes and returned to their winter retreats. We will look forward to your return in 2011.

The 6th annual Aquinnah Wampanoag Powwow will be held over the weekend at Aquinnah Circle. The doors open at 11 a.m. with grand entry at noon. Vendors will be available for your shopping pleasure. Native foods will be available as well as at the shops at the Cliffs. The VTA bus has scheduled trips for you to ride the bus right to and from the circle throughout the day.

Today there will be an exhibit of 17th century traditional bone tool-making at the Aquinnah Cultural Center. The hours will be 11 to 3. The ACC will be closed on Saturday while the staff attends the powwow.

The 65th annual Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby begins on Sunday. The only place to register up-Island is at Menemsha Texaco. Good luck in the derby and win the big one.

The primary election is on Tuesday, Sept. 14. The polls in Aquinnah open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Please exercise your right to vote. Remember, democracy is not a spectator sport.

Swarthmore professor of literature Philip Weinstein will be the featured speaker at the Aquinnah Public Library series on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Aquinnah town hall. He will discuss the life and times of author William Faulkner in Faulkner in Love, Trouble, and Hollywood. Refreshments will follow.

On Tuesday evening 5 to 6 p.m. you will perhaps learn a little more about our Aquinnah community and the Wampanoag Tribe from 1870 to the present. June Manning will be the featured speaker which will also be at the Aquinnah town hall with refreshments to follow.

Mark your calendars to enjoy the presentation by author Susan Klein and photographer Alan Brigish on Sept. 21 from 5 to 6 p.m. with their new book Martha’s Vineyard Now & Zen at the Aquinnah town hall with refreshments to follow their presentation.

If you would like to purchase a copy of Now and Zen, it is available at Howwasswee Trading Post at the Cliffs. While there, enjoy the incredibly beautiful light box photographs of the Cliffs by photographer Michael Johnson. Lisa Bibko Vanderhoop has an extraordinary photograph of the Cliffs from Vineyard Sound that would look great over your fireplace. Gladys Widdiss has her clay pottery available for the first time this season. Donald Widdiss is busy as ever with his wampum whale tails and wampum fish hooks. John Wightman’s Vineyard photographs are always a favorite to take back home or for a last minute birthday or wedding gift. Linda Jeffers Coombs has her beaded earrings on sale as does Trudy Garvin. Janette Vanderhoop has a few of her wampum necklaces on display. Stop by the Trading Post and see the array of work by Vineyard artisans.

Many of the shops at the Cliffs are having their end of the season sale so please visit the shops while you are enjoying the powwow over the weekend.

Michael Gilman has been enjoying a visit from his father, George Gilman, who has been here from his home in Bradenton, Fla.

Aquinnah artist Roberta Gross will present Art Talk on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Louisa Gould Gallery at 54 Main street in Vineyard Haven. Roberta will discuss Vineyard Abstraction III - Point of View. She is the curator of the present exhibit at the gallery which also includes works by Gloria Scher and Tobias Allen. The opening reception on Saturday evening was the place to be as many from Aquinnah attended.

June (James) MacDonald returned to her home in Chatham this past week after attending the birthday party of her cousin Beatrice Gentry. June was accompanied by her niece Jill James Slowik and by her nephew Roland James.

Corinna Majno and her husband, Ken Kaufman, have arrived for a stay at their Majno family home on Mariner’s View.

Tiffany Smalley has returned to Harvard University for her senior year studies after spending most of the summer in Washington, D.C. for an internship and enjoying the sights and sounds of the city. She is looking at graduate schools in DC. Her brother Zachary will be a sophomore at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School while their sister Faith will be a freshman.

Sage Surner returned this week for another visit with his Aquinnah friends. He is the guest of Gladys Widdiss while assisting Carl and Donald. We are all glad to have him in our midst.

Thank you to Flatbread. The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living had a very successful fund-raising event as their recipient for the day and thank you to all who participated in our evening of fun and supporting our fund-raising efforts.

L’Shanah Tovah Tikatevu, as you observe the New Year 5771.

Happy 36th anniversary wishes to Tom and Christine Murphy as they celebrate their special day on Sept. 14.

Happy 11th anniversary wishes to Jim and Nancy Benoit as they celebrate on Sept.18.

Happy 6th anniversary wishes to Jason and Jessie Baird as they celebrate on Sept. 18.

Belated happy birthday wishes to Clyde Smith, son of Nonie and Jed, who celebrated his sixth birthday on Sept. 2. Also belated birthday wishes to Garth Nance Edwards, who celebrated on Sept. 3 and shared the day with Reverend Roger H. Spinney.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Linda BenDavid as she parties on Sept. 11. Brian L.B. Vanderhoop will party on Sept. 11 as well. John McKinstry parties on Sept. 12. Jason Hobbs will party on Sept. 13. Captain Brian F. Vanderhoop will observe a major milestone on Sept. 15. Chuck Philbrick parties on Sept. 15.

Naushon William Galbraith will be 14 years old on Sept. 17 and shares the day with Penny Vanderhoop, Jason Baird, and Dan Levitt.

Sally Wiener and Nadia Aiguier share the day on Sept. 18.