Many Aquinnah residents are returning from their travels. As a matter of fact, there were more residents out of town during the month of February than those that voted at the primary on Tuesday. Everyone is returning from exotic places like Taiwan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, California, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Florida and beyond.

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) Elders returned home on Thursday evening after spending two days at the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, meeting with the Pequot Elders and touring the Pequot Museum. Thank you to Human Services Director Bonnie Chalifoux and her assistant, Kristina Leslie, for planning the travel to Ledyard. Andrea McGee remained behind to care for those in Aquinnah.

Lenny and Mallory Butler recently returned from Aspen, Colo. and a visit with their daughter, Jeffie, her husband, Kevin Sheehan, and especially grand-daughter Maeve, as well as daughter Nina, who has spent the winter in Aspen. Mallory spent three weeks in Colorado and Lenny joined his family for 10 days during which they all traveled to Denver to visit with friends, visit the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Science, and of course, shop. Max remained in Boston, where he will be celebrating on March 19 with Patrick Droney the release of his new CD, Bowery Electric. For now, Lenny and Mallory look forward to the arrival of Kevin, Jeffie and Maeve in three weeks for an Aquinnah visit. Nina is presently in Boston for the weekend to celebrate her birthday with friends from her Wellesley College days and will be returning to Aquinnah to open and once again manage the Beach Plum Inn in May. More great news on Max next week.

Alexa Fisher is a junior at University of Massachusetts at Boston, where she is majoring in anthropology with history and literature minors. She recently completed a semester through the University of Virginia semester at sea program and followed a nautical tradition when her ship (coincidentally named the MV Explorer!) crossed the equator, shaving her head in a salute to Neptune. Many of her shipmates did the same. There were many other local traditions, customs and gastronomical delights that she followed as she learned about the various cultures. Her journey started in Quebec, continued to Casablanca, Morocco; Takoradi, Ghana; Cape Town, South Africa; Mauritius, India; Malaysia; Viet Nam; Hong Kong and Shanghai, China; Kobe, Japan; Hawaii; Costa Rica; Guatemala, and ended in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. During each port stay the students did field studies to correspond to their classes and they also had community service requirements to fulfill. She visited 14 countries and motored around the world while taking her classes. Her mom, Teresa Temple, and husband, Peter, waited nervously every day for an e-mail to know she was okay.

Zoe Fisher is a junior at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. She is a design major with sociology and music minors. She also plays rugby. Both girls work hard to bring sustainability issues to their respective schools. Like all of us, they have learned to navigate the transportation system to bring them back to the Island. Alexa and Zoe celebrated their 21st birthday in style with a very elegant dinner planned by Peter’s father. They are both graduates of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Class of 2009.

Noah James Manning certainly enjoyed his vacation from kindergarten with a carefully planned schedule by his grandparents, Bill and Joan Kistner. He attended Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus in Newark, N.J. a week ago with ringside seats. On Saturday, he attended the Lion King on Broadway, strolled around Rockefeller Plaza, dinner in town, and train to and from Poughkeepsie. On a scale of one to 10, Noah thought it was 100 for the weekend. He returned home Sunday evening with his parents, Paul and Theresa, who had accompanied him on his adventures.

There will be a blood pressure clinic at the Aquinnah town hall on Thursday, March 15 from 2 to 3 p.m. If you would like further information or to schedule an appointment, please call 781-534-2543.

ACE-MV is sponsoring two new classes for Thursday, March 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m, both $35. You must pre-register by calling 508-693-1033, ext. 240. There will be one class of the Cooking through Culture Series, Jewish Cooking: Ashkenazic and Sephardic Traditions with Lori Shallor and Ljuba Davis. The second class will be Detoxification for the Body, Mind and Soul through Slavin Chiropractic with Dr. Kristine Kopp, DC.

Happy birthday wishes to Tiffany Smalley on March 11 as she shares the day with Linda McCarthy. Brenda Malone of Jeffers Place will be celebrating on March 12.

My most favorite male vocalist in the world and former summer neighbor, James V. Taylor, will observe his special day on March 12.

Andrea McGee and Kane Araujo share the day on March 12. Nina Butler, Ken Wentworth, twins Jade and Maya Araujo, and Jaron Chaplin all share the day on March 13. My nephew Robert Manning, Todd Araujo, Jay Smalley, Richard Skidmore and Herb Slater all share the day on March 14.

Seth Boynton, D.J. Kaeka, Jib Ellis, Sylvie Vandal, and Tamara Conroy all celebrate on March 15. Rodeo Langer will be five years old on March 16, and shares the day with Taylor Ives, Natalie Francis, Jada Lee Randolph, and Frank Gonsalves.