Aquinnah Public Library will present Building a Potato Launcher on Saturday with Barbara Lampson — lots of good fun, especially guessing just how far one might launch a potato. On Thursday, August 28, Hermine Hull and Brooks Robards will speak about their new book On Island, which features the poems of Ms. Robards and the paintings of Ms. Hull.

At the Aquinnah Cultural Center this week there will be house tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, on Saturday and on Wednesday, August 27.

Jillian Saftel reports that the Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee, in conjunction with the Martha’s Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing and the Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society, has announced the release of Legacy of Light: Poems for the Gay Head Lighthouse. The book is a collection of poems submitted by both Vineyard and off-Island writers to celebrate the historic landmark. The committee will be hosting a reading from the collection on Wednesday, August 27, at 5:30 p.m., at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury with refreshments, music and an opportunity to purchase both editions of Legacy of Light.

The annual Evening of Music on the Lagoon will be held at Jim and Pam Butterick’s house at 359 Barnes Road in Oak Bluffs on August 31 at 6 p.m. Enjoy wine and appetizers at sunset on the Lagoon on the last Sunday of summer and listen to the fabulous pianist Adele Dreyer play, joined afterwards by musician extraordinaire Peter Boak for duets. Donations of any amount will be accepted for the Federated Church’s organ/music fund and/or Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard. For more information, email

Just a reminder — Primary Day is on Sept. 9 and the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You may cast your absentee ballot with our town clerk Carolyn Feltz up to the day before the election. In order to vote in the Nov. 4 election, one must register by Oct. 15.

All the best to Giulia Fleishman who will be leaving her duties at the Aquinnah Public Library for a new position at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center to work with the youth group. Thank you Giulia for all of your accomplishments while working in Aquinnah for the past two years.

Condolences to the family and friends of Barbara Flynn who passed away at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on July 30. Her work as a social worker was of great importance in my work at the time, and she assisted me on numerous occasions – one of which was above and beyond, and she assisted those involved with amazing results. Of course, we will also remember Barbara and her children Karen, Michael and Jackie and granddaughter Mary at the Bite in Menemsha.

Ted and Kristina Kestenbaum Leslie were delighted to have her daughter Jennifer Williams Staples and her sons Maxum and Charlton of Los Angeles as their guests for a week as part of their family tour on the East Coast for the summer.

Ronald and Joanne Spears were at the home of their daughter Jamie Sue and her husband Woody Vanderhoop and especially enjoyed a visit with their grandsons Sowie and Kuhpay.

Douglas and Linda Vanderhoop and their family have been at their family home for the past month while working at the Cliffs.

Peter and Cora Weiss entertained their family at a reunion dinner on Sunday evening at their home overlooking Vineyard Sound.

All roads lead to the fair — see you there.

Happy 28th anniversary wishes to Robert and Judith Lana Peterson on August 23.

Happy 47th anniversary wishes to Barry and Grace Frye Reeves on August 25.

Happy 42nd anniversary wishes to Dr. Marty and Kathy Kendrick of Pancake Hollow on August 26.

Happy 3rd anniversary wishes to Drew Dubno and Jessica Seeman on August 27.

Belated happy 2nd birthday wishes to Sowanahsh William Vanderhoop who celebrated his big day on August 16.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Virginia Hall on August 23. She shares the day with Tricia Mulligan, Noli Taylor, Wilde Whitcombe, Seth Woods and Lenny Vanderhoop. Moshup Galbraith celebrates on August 24. Barry Reeves will celebrate on August 25. August 26 is a day of celebration for Daphne Lewis, John Wightman and Marilyn Maciel. Leslie Baynes and Kathy Vanderhoop share the day on August 28. Oliver Noble and Dawn Widdiss party on August 29.

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