Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will be hosting the first cultural luncheon of the season on Saturday, Nov. 13 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Grill on Main in Edgartown. Tickets are $25 per person for the three-course meal and are available by calling the center and speaking with director Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440 or by e-mail mvcenter4living@gmail.com. Yours truly will speak on the contributions and influence on Vineyard Life by the Wampanoag. This will be the first in a series of our unique culture by exploring the contributions of various groups who have contributed so much to our daily lives on the Vineyard over the centuries.

The Town of Aquinnah will be opening the annual scallop season on Nov. 15 at 7 a.m. Each scalloper will be allowed to harvest two struck bushels per day. Please speak with shellfish warden Brian F. (Chip) Vanderhoop to offer your daily assistance in cleaning up Menemsha Pond of the predators that have unfortunately reduced the scallop stock. This will be the first time there has been a scallop season in two years as the past year there were only immature scallops and the predators have been far too many.

This evening, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will present the results of their yearlong wind feasibility study, conducted on tribal lands. The meeting will be at the tribal building from 5 to 6 p.m. and is a public hearing for all to attend. The tribe will now consider the possibility of having two wind towers on tribal lands.

The town of Aquinnah is hosting a homebuyer training that is required for participation in the selection process underway for a resident homesite at 20 State Road in Aquinnah. The training will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Aquinnah town hall, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The general public is welcome. For further information, call 508-693-4419.

The contract between the Vineyard towns and Comcast is about to expire. MVTV and the towns want your input into what you would like to see in any new license agreements. Focus groups will be held Nov. 16 through 18. For further information, please call our Aquinnah representative, Richard Skidmore, at 508-645-9954.

There will be an Aquinnah special town meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. at the town hall. There will be a few agenda items that need your vote. A quorum of 40 people is required to conduct the business which will affect and assist so many people in town. Please attend the meeting if possible; it should not take more than an hour.

The annual Holiday Fair and Café at Trinity Parish House in Oak Bluffs (across from the Tabernacle) is on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with homemade items for sale and a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring clam chowder, roll, salad, pie and beverage. It’s all courtesy of the United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard, and you can call 508-693-4424 for more information.

Featherstone Center for the Arts will host its eighth annual Holiday Gift Show, Nov. 20 through Dec. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. daily. Gifts range from $5 to $250 and benefit Featherstone, its programs and the artists. Eva Weinstein of Aquinnah will be one of the featured artists. The Featherstone knitting group also will sell items, with proceeds going to the Island Food Pantry.

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is calling all bakers, jelly and jam makers, knitters and candlestick makers to lift your hearts and your hands and share your talents by making items for the annual Handmade from the Heart sale. The sale will be held on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dr. Fisher House on Main street in Edgartown. For more information and to drop off your handmade donations, please call the Hospice office at 508-693-0189.

The 35th annual meeting of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists was held in Marlboro on Nov. 6. One-fourth of the members of the Martha’s Vineyard Chapter attended the daylong meeting with many featured speakers and topics, luncheon and a business meeting. All 10 of us came home with prizes won in the raffles and door prizes and had a great day meeting so many fellow genealogists, authors, historians and family historians.

Spencer and Belinda Booker are taking their Moshup’s Mud on the road. For the next three months, they will be selling their facial rejuvenation mask at the Cape Cod Mall in a holiday kiosk during the day. Stop by and see them.

Dr. Curtis Langer of Aquinnah recently presented a program, SOT and Pregnancy, at a four-day symposium and clinical research conference in New Orleans hosted by the Sacro Occipital Teaching Organization. Dr. Langer was appointed vice-president of the organization’s board. Congratulations to Curtis.

Welcome to our newest little tribal member, Zoe Elizabeth Tucker, who was born on Nov. 4 at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Zoe is the daughter of Joshua and Priscilla Tucker, the grand-daughter of Herbert Allen and Deborah Tucker, great grand-daughter of Philip Tucker and Esther (Santos) Tucker.

Congratulations to Keron and Aretha (Witham) Brown on the birth of their daughter, Fiona, on Nov. 7 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Fiona is the granddaughter of Kate Taylor and the late Charles Witham. She is the greatgrand-daughter of Trudy Taylor and a very special birthday gift as she was born on Trudy’s day of celebration.

Condolences to the family and friends of Larry Luening, who passed away at his home in Edgartown after a long illness. Larry is survived by his sisters, Marjorie and Louisa, and by his nieces and nephews.

Raymond Smalley Jr. and his friend Emily Gurley arrived on Monday to spend the day with yours truly. They enjoyed a grand tour, especially of the tribal lands and meeting many of his cousins. It was heartwarming for Ray to meet friends who were schoolmates of his father, Raymond Sr., and to hear about his sportsmanship at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in the early 1960s.

Welcome to Adam Wilson of Oak Bluffs, the new Aquinnah town coordinator, who began his duties on Monday and attended his first Aquinnah selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday evening.

Happy first anniversary wishes to Keron and Aretha Brown as they celebrated on Nov. 1.

Happy 60th anniversary wishes to Frank and Virginia Gonsalves as they celebrated their special day on Nov. 11.

Belated birthday wishes to Molly Purves on Nov. 11. Happy birthday wishes this week to Tim Silvia on Nov. 12, who shares the day with Paul Schultz. A very special happy birthday wish to Joe Pitt as he celebrates on Nov. 14. Lewis Colby will party on Nov. 14. Clare Ives and Brigelle Gibson share Nov. 15. A very special happy birthday wish to Hannah L. Malkin as she celebrates on Nov. 17 at her winter home in Florida. Benjamin Booker will be 13 years old on Nov. 17. Rachel Vanderhoop, daughter of Douglas and Linda, will celebrate on November 17. Debbie Scott will party on Nov. 18 and shares the day with Tiffany Vanderhoop.