The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will host a Cultural Luncheon, the first in a series of luncheons they will hold over the winter, on Saturday, Nov. 13 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Grill on Main Street in Edgartown. The topic will be Wampanoag contributions to Vineyard life. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the center or by calling director Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.

Martha’s Vineyard Minnesingers, under the direction of Jan Wightman, will have a fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. at the P.A. Club in Oak Bluffs. There will be a miniconcert, a silent and a live auction with Trip Barnes as auctioneer extraordinaire, finger foods and dessert. Tickets are $20. Elsie Fantasia and her fellow Minnesingers will raise money for their trip to Prague in the spring of 2011.

Thank you to Molly Purves, Irina Gerhard, Sandra and John Bodnar for their grand efforts in decorating the town hall for Halloween and providing a fun evening for the children. They all had a wonderful evening and it was decided to take a group photograph each year for comparison over the next 20 years.

Welcome home to some weary travelers who have returned to their Aquinnah homes this week from travels to Denmark, Greece, Thailand and southeast Asia. Many great stories.

Roxane Ackerman, her daughter Naushon Vanderhoop, son Woody Vanderhoop and his wife, Jamie Sue, returned home on Monday after spending the weekend in Washington, D.C. with Roxane’s brother, John Ackerman. They attended the Rally to Restore Sanity celebration on the Mall with thousands of others.

Our neighbor Jenna Petersiel and her ever-friendly dog, Marley, returned to their home in Swampscott on Wednesday after spending the summer in Aquinnah. Jenna and her parents, Paul and Louise Petersiel, managed the ever-popular Chilmark Tavern over the summer. We look forward to their return in the spring.

Capt. William D. (Captain Buddy) Vanderhoop was honored for his 60th birthday on Friday evening at the Aquinnah Shop. Buddy enjoyed the evening with 300 of his closest friends and relations as they partied well into the evening. Many more Captain Bud!

On Saturday evening, Carla Cuch enjoyed a surprise birthday party at a quiet dinner for nine which turned into a large celebration. Although Carla is not quite as old as her cousin Buddy, she celebrated in grand style just the same.

Baron von Ludvig Peter Ochs and his wife, Gudrun, returned to their home in Vienna, Austria this week after spending the past three months at the Naftalin home on Lighthouse Road. We shall await their return next summer.

Get well wishes to Diamond “Ellie” Vanderhoop, who was admitted to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Tuesday following a horseback riding accident.

Semper Fi for all those observing the birthday of the United States Marine Corps on Nov. 10.

Happy Veterans Day on Nov. 11. In honor of those presently serving, Hellie Neumann will offer free acupuncture.

Also on Veterans Day, Ed Colligan would appreciate a few volunteers to put up the 450 flags at 7 a.m. and to take them down at 3 p.m. Honor our Veterans by volunteering.

Speaking of veterans, I spoke with Ed Silva at the polls the other day and asked him about his award in 1953 while serving in the U.S. Army. He replied that yes, he had received a Bronze Star. Corporal Silva received the medal “for heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States,” this by Presidential order. The archived Vineyard Gazette article of Sept. 18, 1953 went on to note that Corporal Silva’s outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service by order of Major General Ridings. Not only did Corporal Silva serve his country, but five of his brothers also served, with their brother John losing his life at Iwo Jima in 1945. They were the children of Antone and Clara Silva of Tisbury. Ed, widower of Wenonah (Madison) and a former resident of Aquinnah, now resides at Woodside in Oak Bluffs.

So, as you observe Veterans Day this week, pause and reflect on the accomplishments of so many who have protected our rights and our freedom over the decades. Thank them for their service to our country. Most veterans are very humble but will share a few tales with you when asked. They are very proud and justifiably so, as there are quite a few heroes in our midst.

Father Time, aka John Alley, would like to remind us all that Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7. Please adjust your clocks accordingly and refresh your smoke alarm batteries.

Belated happy birthday wishes to Curtis Langer, who observed a major milestone recently and celebrated with his family and friends.

Happy birthday wishes to John Hanavan on Nov. 6 as he shares the day with Rachel Zack and Sue Peters. Matriarch of the Taylor family, Trudy Taylor, will observe her special day on Nov. 7. Nick Thorne will also party on the Nov. 7 as will Wendy Rose and Trulayna Rose. As you head to Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank in Chilmark on Wednesday, please wish Molly Cournoyer a very happy birthday.

Martha Vanderhoop will celebrate on Nov. 11 as will Molly Purves. Sarah Shafer Howes will definitely party on Nov. 12.