The Community Baptist Church of Gay Head will observe Easter Sunday with a sunrise worship service at 6 a.m. conducted by the Rev. Ellen Tatreau. Guest organist will be Martha Mosher Child. Special music will be performed during the service. On Friday evening, April 22, there will be a Good Friday worship, meditation, and vespers service at 6 p.m. led by Reverend Tatreau. All are welcome to attend services.

Congratulations to Reverend Tatreau upon her recent installation as the new president of the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts for a two-year term.

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will host their annual spring social on Sunday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a potluck luncheon served at noon. Please bring a side dish or a dessert to share. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the afternoon of dining, drum and dance.

After experiencing torrential rains on April 13, Aquinnah is in full bloom with witch hazel, daffodils, tulips and green lawns. Those April showers have brought us beautiful flowers. Trees are budding all over town and the pinkletinks are singing day and night.

The Aquinnah Shop will be opening this weekend for the season. Anne Vanderhoop Madison, her son Matthew Vanderhoop and their extended family and friends have been working diligently all month and anticipate opening on Easter Sunday.

Springtime has other shops slowly opening at the Cliffs each day. Stop by and see what is happening. The Orange Peel Bakery is hosting pizza time, weather permitting, on a weekend afternoons until the nights get warmer for pizza night on Wednesdays.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will be the recipient of Dine to Donate at Sharky’s Cantina on Tuesday, April 26. Owner JB Blau will donate 15 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of food throughout the day to the MVC4L as part of our fund-raising efforts. So you may dine in or take out at either Sharky’s location — Oak Bluffs or Edgartown — and assist our cause.

Aquinnah is well represented on the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School lacrosse team; in addition to Chantal Booker (who had a recent goal), her teammates include Molly Fischer and Alayna Hutchinson.

Roxane Ackerman recently attended Agriculture Day at the State House in Boston where she had the pleasure of meeting Gov. Deval Patrick. The day recognizes aquaculturists, school programs on farming, farmers, legislators and industry leaders from across the commonwealth.

Get well wishes to Mallory Butler, who recently underwent orthopedic surgery at Faulkner Hospital. She is recuperating nicely at home with Lenny assisting her every step of the way. Mallory has also enjoyed visits from her daughters for a week at a time with Nina arriving home for a week from her senior year studies at Wellesley College. Jeffie, her husband, Kevin Sheehan, and their daughter, Maeve, also arrived for a week from their home in Aspen, Colo.

Welcome home to Col. Michael Halt, who will return to his position as West Tisbury School principal. Colonel Halt has spent the past year serving in Afghanistan as a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. His staff and students are excited about his return.

Michael and Eleanor Hebert returned home on Monday evening after spending the weekend in Newport, R.I., which has become one of their favorite weekend getaway destinations with time spent shopping and fine dining and celebrating Eleanor’s birthday.

Peter Ives celebrated a major milestone on Saturday evening with a large celebration in Edgartown which was well attended by family and friends. I will wait for the next milestone, Peter. He has recently returned from spending two weeks in Costa Rico surfing. Now it is back to golfing for the springtime.

Condolences to the family and friends of Audrey Levasseur, who died at Windemere on Monday. I had the pleasure of assisting Audrey at Dukes County Travel Agency while the late Dr. and Mrs. David Rappaport would be on holiday and I would fill in for Adeline Rappaport who co-owned the agency with Audrey.

Noah James Manning returned home on Saturday evening after attending an Easter egg hunt hosted by Ronald and Joanne Spears in Rhode Island. Ron and Joanne will arrive this weekend with 20 of their closest family members as guests of Woody and Jamie Vanderhoop.

Arenda (Randolph) and her husband, Roger Maxwell, recently attended a social at the White House and were delighted to meet President Obama. The Maxwells were members of a group from Iowa who had supported the President in his 2008 campaign. There were 10 people representing Iowa and a total of 150 from others states who enjoyed a reception and tour of the White House. While in Washington, Arenda (Bunny) had a reunion with her aunt Hazel (Randolph) Haskins, who at age 98 is one of our eldest tribal members and still very alert as the remaining member of her Randolph family of that generation.

All the best to Capt. Dick Thompson and his wife, Laurie, who will be moving to Fairhaven soon to be closer to medical care and to be especially near their families. Captain Dick was the former owner of the Schamonchi that sailed into Vineyard Haven harbor for years from New Bedford. Laurie perfected her talents as a wampum jeweler during her years on the Vineyard. On Saturday evening they were honored by family and friends at the VFW upon their departure from the Vineyard. We will certainly miss them in Aquinnah where they enjoyed the beach each day with their family and friends. Whether they leave me their parking spot or not remains to be seen but we will once again corner the market on the shells that Laurie has left behind.

Woody and Jamie Vanderhoop returned home on Monday after spending the weekend with her Spears family for a large Easter egg hunt. Large, as in more than 1,000 eggs were hidden by the Spears family. Jamie’s parents, Ronald and Joanne Spears, and nearly two dozen family members will descend upon Aquinnah this weekend to enjoy the Easter weekend and to celebrate the second anniversary of Woody and Jamie.

Dawn Widdiss returned to Framingham on Tuesday after spending the long weekend with her mother, Gladys Widdiss, and a visit with her brothers, Carl and Donald.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Joyce Bowker, our Up-Island Council on Aging director who is so committed to caring for elders in the three up-Island towns with her boundless energy and enthusiasm, as she celebrated her special day on April 21.

James Mahoney also celebrated on April 21. Happy birthday wishes today to Tim Laursen. Rachel Millman Vanderhoop will celebrate on Saturday as will Denys Wortman and Tom Rabbitt.

One of my most favorite artists and former exercise partner, Ray Ellis, will celebrate a major milestone on April 24.

Jean Lince will observe her special day on April 27. Naomi Scott will party on April 28 and shares the day with Michelle Duarte.