We experienced several significant rainfalls this past week with temperatures in the 30s and 40s in Aquinnah, with temperatures dipping into the teens with a wind chill factor. Most of the autumn leaves have fallen to make way for the bright red winter berries.

Tomorrow is the final day of shotgun season for deer hunters. On Monday, primitive firearm season begins and runs through Dec. 31 with the exception of Sundays. During the first week of deer season, there were more than 70 deer checked in at the tribal weigh-in station. After the first week, hunters were encouraged to submit their information online.

Aquinnah Artisans Holiday Sale will be on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aquinnah town hall. Artisans will have a variety of handmade items including pottery, jewelry, cards, clothing and other items created by island artisans. The Food Truck and Offshore Ale will be available for lunch.

The Hospice Reflections of Peace Concert is on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Whaling Church. Tickets are $20, and all proceeds benefit Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard.

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services is in the midst of auctioning the top 10 most popular Martha’s Vineyard License Plates in a charitable auction. The public decided what plates will be up for auction via an online survey and the following plates were selected: MV12 (sold), MV22, MV25, MV31, MV40, MV60, MV70, MV77, MV80 and MV98. Each plate has a starting bid of $2,000 to $2,500. This is a fundraiser for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and Island nonprofits that benefit youth and elders through the Martha’s Vineyard License Plate program. The auction closes on Thursday, Dec. 13: visit biddingforgood.com/mvcomm.

The Chilmark Holiday Flea Market, presented by the Chilmark Community Church, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center. Join in the festivities for the holiday edition of the famous summer flea market. Handmade items for sale from Vineyard artisans and craftsmen will include holiday crafts, jewelry, candles, knitted accessories and more. Fresh holiday centerpieces and greens will also be for sale. Food will include chowder, sandwiches and baked goods.

George Katilus 3rd, his wife Christine, their son George 4th, and their niece, Lily Duetsch, were at their Aquinnah and Edgartown homes during the holiday. George 3rd does not care for the weather when it gets to about 40 degrees and dreams of heading south. Christine trains their young puppies to perform each day. George 4th is in his junior year at Tufts University and will head to Italy for the next semester while learning Italian. Lily is a sophomore at Rowan University.

Tim Murphy, and his sister, Kate Murphy Kausch, and her family will be visiting their Parents, Tom & Chris Murphy of Old South Road for the Christmas Holidays.

Welcome to Dakoda Marie Vanderhoop who was born at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital on Nov. 21, the daughter of Joseph Vanderhoop and Olivia Pate. She is the granddaughter of Troy and Marcia Ann (Maciel) Vanderhoop great-granddaughter of Elmer and Lena (Araujo) Vanderhoop. On her maternal side, her grandparents are William Pate and Mary Beth (Keniston), great-grandparents are Christopher Keniston and Charlene (Tucker) Barboza, as well as Jeanne (Black) Crave, and great-great-grandmother is Everel Greene Black of Edgartown.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Durwood Vanderhoop and Millicent Smalley on Dec. 3; to Jane Bankoff-Popkin, Paul Metell and Jacob Vanderhoop on Dec. 4; Melissa Nichols Mahoney and Molly Glasgow shared the day on Dec. 5; Marjorie Spitz celebrates Friday; Candace Nichols will party on Dec. 8; Albert White will observe a milestone on Dec. 9; Christopher Manning will party on Dec. 12 and shares the day with Shelley Carter and Jenna Gosson; Deborah Silvia Denoncourt will party on Dec. 13.

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