Mark your calendars for the eighth annual Aquinnah Pow Wow on Sept. 8 and 9 at Aquinnah Circle. Gates open at 10 a.m. with grand entry at noon. Tickets are available at the gate, $10 for adults and $5 for elders over 65. Tribal members are admitted free with their tribal ID. The pow wow will feature traditional Native American songs and dances, food and art. There will be invited drums. This year the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe will celebrate and honor the life of Gladys A. Widdiss (1914-2012) and acknowledge their 25 years of federal recognition. The Martha’s Vineyard Museum Gallery will be open on September 1 with the museum’s Spotlight Gallery exhibit, which is a frequently-changing exhibit of something new to see. The museum is open from 10 to 5.

I do not always deal too well with change, and certainly not some of the changes in the air at the present time. All the best to Joel Greenberg, our managing editor at the Vineyard Gazette over the past year, who will be leaving the paper. Gary Coates will be attending federal security school for the next three months and then heading to Foxwoods to work, after having been a dedicated EMT, special Aquinnah police officer and always there when needed. Kendra Newick and her husband are moving to New Zealand, leaving a void in Aquinnah, especially as an EMT and our water quality specialist. Laurie Jeanne Bradway and Steve Yeomans are moving along as well.

Priscilla Taylor Belain returned recently from attending her 50th high school reunion in Independence, Ohio, held at the Independence Crowne Plaza Hotel. The celebration included a get-together in the hospitality room on Friday, dinner and dance to music of the 1960s on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. This was the first reunion Priscilla had attended since her graduation in 1962. While in Ohio, she also attended her Dupree family reunion with her cousin Connie Johnson in Cleveland. Upon her return, her cousin Candy Johnson was the weekend guest of Priscilla and her son Chris.

I enjoyed the 97th birthday celebration for Garth W. Edwards on August 25 at his home on Wowampaque atop Abel’s Hill. Garth and Ollie arrived on Wednesday, accompanied by their assistant, Chris, and her husband, Glenn. Four generations of their family joined in the festivities, as well as their neighbors and friends from across the Vineyard.

Get-well wishes to Joan Kistner, who was admitted to South Shore Hospital for further medical care this week.

Noah James Manning returned home on Monday night after spending the week in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. at the home of his grandparents, Bill and Joan Kistner. He attended the Dutchess County Fair on Thursday, family day on Friday, the Kistner family reunion on Saturday, and traveled to Weymouth on Sunday to visit Grammy Joan in the hospital and the Museum of Science in Boston on Monday. Then it was home to rest on Tuesday and off to Plimouth Plantation on Wednesday. School starts next week. Congratulations on Noah’s blue ribbon at the fair for his Lego presentation, BUILD.

Alyssa Mayrand, daughter of Michael and Carol, has returned to her studies after spending part of the summer with her parents.

Congratulations to Hollis Smith and Robin Robinson, who were excited when their new modular home arrived on Wednesday from Westchester Homes. They will now reside on Attaquin Way.

All the best to JoJo Vanderhoop Lee, who returned to his sophomore-year studies at Columbia University. He was accompanied to Manhattan by his brother, Sam. JoJo had spent most of his summer working with his parents, Marshall Lee and Martha Vanderhoop, at their HatMarChar Shop.

All the best to Grace Calla Vanderhoop, who will return to her studies at Simmons College where she will major in education and math. She has worked with her father, Matthew Vanderhoop, and grandmother Anne Vanderhoop Madison and many cousins at the Aquinnah Shop Restaurant over the summer. She will look forward to visits home with her mother, Rachel Millman Vanderhoop, over the school year.

Dawn Widdiss returned to Framingham on Monday after spending the past two weeks visiting her brothers, Donald and Carl. We will look forward to her return next week.

Happy 28th anniversary wishes to Steve and Trudy Vanderhoop Garvin as they celebrate today.

Happy 27th anniversary wishes to Arthur Brennan and his wife, Julie Morrow Brennan, as they celebrate on Sept. 3.

Oh gosh, did we miss a major milestone for Leslie Baynes on August 28?

Happy birthday wishes today to Cynthia Vanderhoop Akins and Todd Vanderhoop. Happy second birthday to Emme Caroline Buresch Carroll as she parties on Sept. 1. Ed BenDavid will celebrate on Sept. 2 and shares the day with Clyde Smith, who will be eight. Reverend Roger H. Spinney will observe a major milestone on Sept. 3, as will Bob Pacheco at Reliable Market. Garth Nance Edwards will party on Sept. 3. Emerson Mahoney and Paula Belain share the day on Sept. 4. Mike Ciancio parties on Sept. 6 and Aquinnah Police Sergeant Paul Manning will party on Sept. 7.