The air has cooled considerably over the past week and is now in the 50s most days. Foliage is in it’s final vestige for the season but still with vibrant reds, oranges and yellow leaves dotting the landscape. The sunsets have been amazing. There was absolute stillness of the waters heading over the bridge at Nashaquitsa the other evening.

This week at the Aquinnah library, join in on the fun with the game twister. This is not for the faint of heart, as your body will look like a pretzel while you try participating. Delight in the delicious delicacies for the day as well as tea or coffee. On Saturday, Nov, 16 there will be cupcake decorating.

There will be a reception this evening at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum from 5 to 7 p.m. to open the exhibit Toys. Many toys, games and dolls will be on display through Jan. 25, 2014. On Thursday, Nov. 14 there will be a film screening, Into the Deep: America, Whaling and the World. The film explores the history of the American whaling industry and will be shown at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven at 7:30 p.m.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum will discuss preliminary plans at community forums in each town over the next few weeks. On Thursday, Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chilmark library, residents of Aquinnah and Chilmark will have the opportunity to learn while the museum seeks to solicit community feedback about the move to the former Marine Hospital on Lagoon Pond Road in Vineyard Haven. All are welcome to attend.

Second Saturday breakfast will be served at First Baptist Church parish house on William street in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. Enjoy casserole, sausage, bacon, sweet rolls, oatmeal, juice, and coffee. Tickets are $8 per person or $25 for a family of four plus $5 for each additional family member. Reservations are not required. For further information, please call 508-693-1539.

Mimi Davisson, vice chair of the Democratic Council of Martha’s Vineyard, reminds us that Martha Coakley, candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, will be a guest at the Saturday, Nov. 9 meeting of the Martha’s Vineyard Democrats. The meeting will be at Howes House, across from Alley’s General Store in West Tisbury from 9 to 10:30 a.m. This will be a forum for voters to hear Ms. Coakley’s responses to questions from the audience.

New body art classes will be held at the Mansion House on Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., and on Nov. 17 at 8:45 a.m. The classes are open to all to learn breathing, stretching and strengthening.

Mark your calendars for the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living annual meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Tisbury Senior Center. Learn more about our need for a permanent home for the Supportive Day Program, sign up for one of the open board member positions from your respective town, or learn about becoming a volunteer for many of the upcoming activities. For further information, please call Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.

Maxwell Butler has flown back to Boston from his new home in Los Angeles to play keyboards in three performances of the full length modern dance/ballet Heartbeat at the Oberon Theatre in Cambridge. He has collaborated on this piece with the composer George Woods and the Boston Dance Collective. The Oberon is the Black Box experimental theatre of the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard. Maxwell recently performed at the Oberon as keyboard player and orchestra director for the Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Lily’s Revenge. When he has a moment, he visits with his parents Lenny and Mallory in Aquinnah.

Rev. Roger Spinney conducted the graveside service for Penny Huff on Saturday in Aquinnah. Penny’s friends from across the Vineyard and beyond were in attendance. Following the service, they gathered at the Aquinnah town hall for a potluck while viewing the beautiful photographs of Penny and her family over the years, and to view the video of many more photographs. We will all miss her.

Get well wishes to Peter Ives who underwent major orthopedic surgery this week. We will look forward to his return home and a long rehabilitation so he can once again be on the golf course or surfing somewhere in the world.

Get well wishes to Anne Vanderhoop Madison who fell in her home on Halloween eve while awaiting trick or treaters. Thankfully, her angel Molly Purves and her son Rodeo appeared and realized something was seriously wrong and knew they had to assist, but Anne would not allow that. She did allow Molly to call her daughter Julianne Vanderhoop who arrived immediately and called for the ambulance. Anne was admitted to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, stabilized and then transported by ambulance to Massachusetts General Hospital where she underwent surgery of her fractured hip on Saturday morning. Her son Cpt. Buddy Vanderhoop has remained in Boston with her during the week with Julianne and Matthew driving up on Tuesday. She will be transferred to Spalding Rehab in Sandwich for further care and convalescence.

Condolences to the family and friends of Diane Martin who passed away at her home in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, this past week. She was the daughter of the late Wesley and Beverly Martin, and granddaughter of Robert Martin, the former superintendent of schools on Martha’s Vineyard. For half a century they enjoyed their cabin along the shore of East Pasture and the beach at Menemsha Pond below. Diane followed in the footsteps of her mother Beverly by serving the children of their communities, their church and their community as a whole by always assisting where she was needed.

All the best to Zachary Smalley, son of Jay and Millicent, as he heads to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., to begin his studies.

Have an enjoyable Veterans Day at the Avenue of Flags at Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven with more than 450 flags to be flown, or at the parade in Oak Bluffs from Nancy’s to Ocean Park. Be mindful of those who serve and have served to protect our nation, our security and our freedom.

Happy 55th anniversary wishes to Dan and Barbara Harnen on Nov. 15.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Martha Vanderhoop on Nov. 11 as she shares the day with Molly Purves. Sarah Howes will party on Nov. 12 and Lewis Colby on the Nov. 14. Clare Ives parties on Nov. 15.