Still a few good beach days left for the season. In the high 70s this week. Hard to believe the warm weather on the Vineyard when there has been so much devastating destruction from hurricanes in the south and especially in the Caribbean. Keep all who have been affected by the hurricanes in our thoughts and prayers.

Cliffhangers customers enjoyed special guests for entertainment on Sept. 7 when Judd Fuller and Brad Tucker, both here from Nashville for a few weeks, performed along with Ellen Biskis and Christopher Carroll. Let’s see who performs on Thursday evening at 5 p.m. this week: always a surprise !

Thank you to Menemsha Galley — Frank Fenner and his wife Merrily as well as his sister Barbara Fenner and grillmaster Pat Z. — for the annual Up-Island Council on Aging Howes House lobster roll luncheon on Monday. Their generosity is very much appreciated. The weather was beautiful, sunshine and calm. Those in attendance topped off their lobster roll, chowder, and lemonade with a dish of chocolate and vanilla ice cream. And, thank you once again to Steve Rattner for the use of his waterfront property on which to enjoy the luncheon. Thank you!

At the Aquinnah Public Library this week, on Saturday Sept. 16th at 10:30 a.m. there will be story time and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. it is kids craft: Sharpie fun. On Tuesday, Sept. 19 there will not be any programs but the library open for general use. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. for acrylic landscape painting for adults.

The Aquinnah Cultural Center begins autumn hours this week and will be closed on Thursdays but will be open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through the season, closing on Oct. 7. Museum tours will be on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special guest Abenaki artist Jim Taylor will be demonstrating porcupine quill embroidery, which is done on leather to decorate clothing and on birch bark boxes, containers, or jewelry. This is an ancient form of decoration still widely practiced by many tribes today. Stop in to see Jim’s 17th and 18th century reproduction work.

This is the final week of special exhibits at the center. For more information on exhibits, programs, and events, call 508-645-7900 or email Regular admission for adults is $5, seniors and children 12 and under $3.

Our friends from Zagreb ended their summer work this week at Cliffhangers and we are so sad to see them leave. Their end of the season travel plans were redirected due to storms. Antonio Budim, Katarina Zlopasa, and Ante Matic (a pirate on the ship in Oak Bluffs harbor) have left for a camping trip in Oregon rather than their trip to Costa Rica as planned. Ivan Goldin, whom we had expected to stay a while longer, decided to leave earlier than planned and is travelling to Olympia, Wash. rather than to Chicago. They will all enjoy two weeks of travel prior to flying to their homes in Croatia. All of us had a wonderful summer and look forward to further adventures.

Harry Ricciardi will speak at the Oak Bluffs library on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. Harry is an adventurous young man, a writer, shipbuilder, and sailor who recently returned to the Vineyard from seven months at sea without an engine or electronics. He will give a talk on the literature of adventure and will discuss some of his globetrotting and sailing predecessors’ works, including Omoo by Herman Melville, Around the World Single-Handed by Harry Pigeon, and My Journey to Lhasa by Alexandra David Neel.

Nat Benjamin will speak at the Oak Bluffs library on Tuesday, Sept. 19, when he gives a presentation about his sail to Haiti aboard the Charlotte, a 50-foot schooner which he built on Island at his shop, Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway. Bring your questions about wooden boatbuilding and sailing. For information, call 508-693-9433.

Serendipity will perform at the Portuguese American Club on Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. Members of Serendipity include Merrily Fenner, Janis Syslo, Christine Box, Mark Mazer, and Chris Seidel, and they will be joined by guest performer Hugh Taylor for an evening of their great music.

Condolences to the family and friends of Ellen Harrison, who passed away two weeks ago. Ellen and her late husband Vance were longtime seasonal residents of Aquinnah.

Condolences to the family and friends of Murray Lerner, a longtime summer resident with his wife Judy and their son Noah. Murray and Judy were residents of Manhattan, where he was a documentary filmmaker.

Happy 13th anniversary wishes to Jason Baird and Jessie Little Doe on Sept. 18. Happy 18th anniversary wishes to Jim and Nancy Benoit on Sept. 18. Happy 30th anniversary wishes to Ted and Sarah Shafer Howes on Sept. 19.

Happy birthday wishes to Brian F. Vanderhoop on Sept. 15. He shares the day with Lewis Emmett Moore. Charlie Kernick observes his special day on the 16th. Lenny Clarke parties on Sept. 16 following the premiere of his latest movie, Stronger. Jason Baird celebrates on Sept. 17, sharing the day with Dan Levitt. Diana Lees will observe her special day Sept. 18 as will Nadia Aiguier and Nicole Ferguson. Keith Devine parties on the 19th. Amos Tachnash Sauer will be nine years old on Sept. 20. Janet Foley observes a milestone on Sept. 22.

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