The Vineyard Gazette – Martha’s Vineyard News


At the beginning of November, temperatures stayed in the high 60s and occasionally also in the 70s. Turning on the home heating can only be delayed by a week or two if these temperatures persist.

Kudos to the selection committee of the city of Aquinnah for the recognition of the Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) and the official designation of the Indigenous People’s Day as a holiday to be observed. Aquinnah is the first town on Martha’s Vineyard to give such an official day. After all, we’ve been here for more than 10,000 years. And yes, we are still there!

Another praise goes to the city’s electoral committee for recognizing the Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), who officially declared Cranberry Day an official city holiday. Cranberry Day, the second Tuesday in October, has been celebrated by tribal members for more than a century.

Since the beginning of the 20th century at the latest, the community has been gathering in the cranberry bogs to harvest the last berries of the season. They are grown in their natural state and do not resort to bog flooding as in commercial growth.

The berries used to be abundant and members of the tribe and their families drove ox carts into the moors. The cranberries were shipped from the island in wooden barrels and the proceeds from the sale allowed the families to thrive throughout the winter. Of course, the families kept the berries in their cold attics and root cellars for winter consumption. There are many great recipes that abound every October.

And thanks to the chosen board of directors for appointing my grandson, Chris Manning, to be the lighthouse keeper of Gay Head. Many thanks to Bill Eville, my editor-in-chief of the Vineyard Gazette, for the great interview and article that appears in today’s issue.

Halloween takes place this weekend so as not to disappoint all of these ghosts and goblins. On Saturday, the Aquinnah Public Library will celebrate Halloween from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. So stop by and let the library staff delight in the costumes.

Trick or Treat takes place on Sunday evening. If you would like the Aquinnah children to stop at your home, please call Molly Purves at (508) 645-3251 to be put on a list. It is recommended that you set up an outdoor table to distribute the goodies.

The crew of USCG Station Menemsha will have a table outside on Halloween evening from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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

Saturday was a day of joy as I spent it with Tavia LaFollette from Baltimore and Stacy Horowitz Muise from Nantucket. Tavia is a theater arts teacher at Towson University and Stacy is a special education teacher at Nantucket.

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

In the little world department we usually share, sat at the next table by Stacy’s cousin Loren Glassman and his wife, Carla, from Scarsdale, NY, the couple they hadn’t seen in a few years. After all the introductions, we promised to keep in touch. ‘Until next time.

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


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