Well, that was a quick visit from Irene and a warm welcome at that. Aquinnah was rather unscathed from the Sunday storm other than the fact that we were without electricity for more than 12 hours. Lots of small branches strewn across the lawns and roads and a few wires down here and there. The waves along the south shore were the largest I have seen in a long time. There was even a spray across the north from the waves near Dogfish Bar. Now we await the next storm and will certainly be prepared. Nancy Huntington Nitchie called to inform me that there were two places along the north side that are so dramatic with the display of red clay along the beach following the storm.

Well, no real in-person sightings of President Obama and the First Family for the third summer in a row. Oh well, one day perhaps. Although Noah did see Malia and Sasha at the fair as they were playing a game near him. He is certainly a dedicated Obama fan.

There will be house tours on Friday and Saturday at the Aquinnah Cultural Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a $7 donation. On Saturday evening at 6, Kevin Gover will be the guest speaker. Mr. Gover is director of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. which opened seven years ago this month. He will discuss what is happening at the museum at this time and how the National Museum of the American Indian approaches native issues in their exhibits. There will be a $7 donation. Refreshments will be served.

The Aquinnah Public Library will feature author Thomas Dresser on Thursday, Sept. 8, who will discuss his latest book, The Wampanoag Tribe of Martha’s Vineyard — Colonization to Recognition. He will speak from 5 to 6:15 p.m. and refreshments will be served following his discussion.

The Wampanaog Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) will present their annual powwow over the weekend of Sept. 10 and 11. More information will be in my column next week. There will be the grand entry, recognition of elders, recognition of veterans, drumming and dancing throughout the weekend. Vendors will be present with their hand-crafted wares. All activities will take place at the Aquinnah Circle.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will be the recipients of the day on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Flatbread at the airport business park. A portion of the proceeds of food sold will benefit the center for living. There will also be a silent auction of a few wonderful baskets of very Vineyard specialty items during the dinner hours. The MVC4L is in the beginning stages of fund-raising for a permanent home for the supportive day program.

Garth W. and Ollie Edwards returned to their home in Essex, Conn., earlier than planned but certainly enjoyed a grand 96th birthday celebration for Garth amid family and friends.

James Gillette returned to his home in Clearwater, Fla., on Thursday after visiting with friends in Aquinnah for the week after being delayed by Hurricane Irene. He spent most of his time visiting the sites where Jaws was filmed, sort of like on a scavenger hunt for the best photograph to remember the film by. Anyway, he had a wonderful time and will look forward to his next visit.

Welcome to Matthew Anthony Ruley, who was born on August 29 at the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. Matthew is the son of Aquinnah police Det. Ryan Ruley and his wife, Kristine Cammorata. We will look forward to his first visit to Aquinnah.

Mark and Marilyn Wheaton of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada and Aquinnah are welcoming to their home Home Free friends from Niagara-on-the-Lake Brett Sherlock, James Booty, Paul and Carolyn Wiess. They are all visiting the Vineyard for the second time over the Labor Day weekend. Marilyn and Mark look forward to their guests competing for the 2011 Guest of the Year Award and to celebrating Brett’s birthday on Sept. 4. Marilyn and Mark and their guests are the six founding members of the NFAC in Niagara-on-the-Lake “which is equivalent in status to being the original six teams in the NFL.”

All the best to Emma Young, who has been the Aquinnah public library assistant for the past half year. Emma will now be much closer to her home in West Tisbury and working for the West Tisbury Library which should prove to be very exciting in this time of their major expansion. It has been a pleasure to have Emma in Aquinnah and especially to learn her bookmaking techniques.

It is hard to believe that Labor Day is here already. We have certainly had a very short summer this year, much shorter than usual for some people. Let’s anticipate warm weather for the next few months at least. Have a safe and pleasant weekend as you begin to plan your autumn activities. Vineyard schools will open this week, so please be very careful with the young children as they await their bus.

Happy anniversary wishes to Arthur and Julie Morrow Brennan as they celebrate their special day on Sept. 3 while at DoraLu Manor.

Happy 10th anniversary wishes to Richard and Michelle Malcouronne Duarte as they celebrate on Sept. 8.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Garth N. Edwards, who will observe a milestone on Sept. 3. Bob Pacheco and Rev. Roger Spinney will also celebrate on Sept. 3.

Emerson Mahoney will celebrate on Sept. 4 and shares the day with Paula Belain. Aquinnah assistant plumbing inspector and fellow regional high school classmate Michael Ciancio will celebrate on Sept. 6.

A very special happy birthday wish to Paul G. Manning on Sept. 7.

Jeffrey Kurth and Danny Mayhew share the day on Sept. 8. Matthew Vanderhoop and Tyler Vanderhoop share the day on Sept. 9.