Fair, Fireworks, and First Family are the words on everyone’s lips as another Island. summer wraps up in grand fashion. I always like to think it’s all in celebration of my birthday (August 23, ahem). For those of you who enjoy such out-of-town events, have fun, while the rest of us celebrate a comparatively quiet Friday night downtown.

Can you believe I’m talking about summer wrapping up? I guess we still have a couple weeks, but dang! I was in Town Provisions talking to the McGroarty men the other day and Brion Sr. mentioned how tan I was. I thought this was hilarious, because I don’t think I have seen the sun in a good month. Busy, busy, busy. Well, I’ll have to make the most of these last couple weeks, because before we know it, we’ll be bundled up in wool. Wow, sorry. That was depressing. But here’s your PSA: Get it while you can, people!

I think it is appropriate to mention that my dog just walked over the keyboard as I type, and for a moment, I considered letting her finish up the column for me this week, as there are tumbleweeds rolling through my inbox. But no. For you, dear readers, I will make this happen.

Chuck and Colleen Toporek made it to Edgartown this past weekend during a much-needed respite from their busy lives in Boston. I took these two publishing colleagues of mine from what seems like a lifetime ago on a mini-tour of our fair town, enjoying various views of the harbor, lighthouse, and whaling houses, culminating our outing with a feast of oysters from our very own Katama Bay. I have a feeling they’ll be back. (Wink, wink.)

On the subject of town’s K9 contingent, I had the pleasure of meeting new Edgartown resident puppy Zoe, companion to Kate Walpole. She’s a lovely little bundle of black and white who was thrilled to share with us her zest for life. And the smile she put on her mama’s face was one to behold. I’m sure you’ll spy these pretty ladies out on long walks together in the days to come.

Thursday night fun continues this evening at the Eisenhauer Gallery on North Water Street with music by Mike Benjamin from 6 to 8 pm. Grab a glass of wine from Chesca’s, pull up a rocking chair, and enjoy. And while you’re there, stop into the gallery and check out some art.

You may have noticed a couple of valet booths set up downtown — one on Main Street in front of Atlantic and another on North Water in front of Chesca’s. This service is run by Vineyard Valet (vineyardvalet.net), and what I have just learned is that you can leave your car at either location and pick it up at the other if you so choose. Sometimes 20 bucks is a small price to pay to avoid circling the block ten times. Our little town is becoming so metropolitan with all these groovy new services popping up.

Until August 19 at the Old Sculpin Gallery, the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association will present new art by Ann D. Grandin, Sheila Hoerle, and Gail Rodney. Concurrently on view will be a small-works fundraiser that will run until August 26 to benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association, which is dedicated to supporting the local arts community through arts education, preservation of accomplished and historical works in our permanent collection, and exhibition of Island artwork by current members. At this exhibition there is a wonderful collection of oils, watercolors, prints, photographs, and sculpture, highlighting the skills and diverse talents of the members of the organization at an affordable price. For more information about these and other Old Sculpin events, visit oldsculpingallery.org or call 508-627-4881.

Birthday wishes go out to Corrigan Mello, August 18, and to Katie Fahey and Lynn Ditchfield, August 21. Also, feel free to eat some cake and cut a rug in my honor August 23, because I certainly will!

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