The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News


As we head into November, temperatures have remained in the 60s and occasionally the 70s. Home heating may be delayed for a week or two if these temperatures persist.

Kudos to the Town of Aquinnah Board of Directors for recognizing the Wampanoag Gay Head Tribe (Aquinnah) and officially designating Indigenous Peoples Day as a statutory holiday. Aquinnah is the first town in Martha’s Vineyard to grant such an official day. After all, we’ve been here for over 10,000 years. And yes, we are still here!

More kudos to the city‘s board of directors for recognizing the Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) by officially designating Cranberry Day as the official city holiday. Cranberry Day, the second Tuesday in October, has been celebrated by members of the tribe for over a century.

Since at least the beginning of the 20th century, the community has gathered in the cranberry bogs to harvest the last berries of the season. They are grown in their natural state, without resorting to peatland flooding as in commercial growth.

In the past, berries were plentiful, and members of the tribe and their families traveled to the bogs by oxcart. The cranberries were sent off the island in wooden barrels, and the proceeds from the sale kept families prosperous through the winter. Of course, families kept a supply of berries in their cold attics and root cellars for winter consumption. There are a lot of great recipes that abound every October.

And thank you to the Board of Directors for appointing my grandson, Chris Manning, to the position of Gay Head Lighthouse Keeper. Thanks to Bill Eville, my editor at the Vineyard Gazette, for the excellent interview and article that appears in today’s issue.

Halloween will take place this weekend so as not to disappoint all those ghosts and elves. On Saturday, the Aquinnah Public Library will celebrate Halloween from noon to 3 p.m. So stop by and let the library staff enjoy the costumes.

Trick or Treat will be on Sunday evening. If you would like the Aquinnah kids to stop by your home, please call Molly Purves at (508) 645-3251 to be put on a list. It is recommended to have an outside table to distribute the treats.

The USCG Station Menemsha crew will have a table outside from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the day before Halloween.

Jon and Amy Macey returned from a brief trip to Connecticut last week where Jon is a law professor at Yale University. They appreciated the recent visit of their son Joshua and his wife Sophia. Joshua is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Saturday was a day of immense fun as I spent it with Tavia LaFollette from Baltimore and Stacy Horowitz Muise from Nantucket. Tavia is a professor of theatrical arts at Towson University and Stacy is a specialist teacher at Nantucket.

Tavia and I met through my classmate from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, Ralston Jackson, Pittsburgh and Edgartown. They all attended the University of Antioch. Tavia spends time in Nantucket every summer and has visited me before. Thanks to Colin Ewing, she made the last flight back to Nantucket on this visit. This weekend, we did a great tour of the island. Lunch was at the Black Dog Tavern.

In the small department of the world we tend to share, the couple dining at the next table were Stacy’s cousin Loren Glassman and his wife Carla from Scarsdale, NY Stacy hadn’t seen them in quite a while. years. After all the presentations, we promised to keep in touch with each other. ‘Till next time.

Happy birthday this week to Howard Goldstein on October 31st. Shirley Donaroma observes her special day on November 1st. Clara Ricciardi celebrates November 2. November 3 is a day of celebration for Tim Collins, Kayla Foster, Marie Laursen, Abigail Peterson, Janice Sylvia and Phil Wallis. Melissa Vanderhoop Abram celebrates on November 4, sharing the day with Cheryl Holenko. Elizabeth Witham and Gary Cook share the day on November 5.


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