They are back. This year’s members of the 4/5 class at the Chilmark School set out for a week-long educational adventure of a lifetime aboard Alabama and have returned to school older, wiser, and full of adventurous stories of being at sea. Parent chaperones were John Keene, Craig Keefe, Stephen Taylor, and Peter Knight.

As usual, the trip was Amazing with a capital A, according to the class. Highlights included anchoring for the night in Tarpaulin Cove and an exciting sail to Newport in four-foot seas with the boat heeling. They spent a night in Newport and then sailed up into Northern Naragansett Bay where they docked for the night in Wickford, R.I. The night of the big rain was spent in New Bedford, followed by a sail through Buzzards Bay and back to Tarpaulin for their last night.

Messages in bottles were flung from the hands of our young sailors into the waters off Cuttyhunk. Sea shanties were sung, knots were tied, ship rigging was learned, and most of all 12 students had a memory of a lifetime. Big thanks to their teacher Jackie Guzalak and nurse Janice Brown for contributing to their education and well being while onboard.

Now that the school has all of its students back under one roof, Curriculum Night can be held. Monday, September 26, from 6:30-7:30 pm, the doors will be open to all parents for an overview of your child’s upcoming year. Welcome also to Gretchen Snyder and Kaitlyn Maciel who have teamed up to take charge of the second K/1 class, added to our school community.

The Menemsha Cafe has done the typical fall scale-back of hours. Now, you will find Josh serving up hearty fare from 7 am to 3 pm. You can also enjoy dinner on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 to 8 pm. The Galley has fallen back to 3 pm closing on weekdays, sunset on Saturday, and 5 pm on Sunday, through Columbus Day. The Bite is following a similar pattern but will, additionally, be closed on Tuesdays.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, pizza nights resume at Chilmark Community Church. Starting time for dinner, Bananagrams, and outdoor fun for all who might be interested is 6 pm. It is a community event meant to bring friends and family together to catch up on how their day, week, month, or year has been over a slice of pizza and, perhaps, a coke to wash it down. As always, donations to help pay for the meal are welcome but never required. Contact Julie Flanders at 508-645-3723 if you have further questions.

Happy 15th anniversary to Lori and Craig Keefe. The parents of Quinn, Allie, and Grady swim, ski, surf and parent together here and in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

A very happy 50th anniversary to Judy and Ted Mayhew. The dedicated and fun-loving couple celebrated with the purchase of a sparkling red Mini Cooper convertible.

The memorial service for Bruce Bartels will be held at 1 pm on September 24 at the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury, where he had been a trustee. Bruce was an active member in our community, serving on both the Conservation Commission and the Preservation Committee. His services will be followed by a reception at the Grange.

Kathy Bega and Mollie Doyle are gearing up and getting ready for what should prove to be another fantastic Martha’s Vineyard Yoga Festival. The Yoga Festival and the Beach Plum Inn are hosting an evening with Chef Jill Pettijohn on Saturday, October 8. Virtually all of the foods used to prepare the meal will be sourced from Island farms. Tickets are $100 and space is limited. All profits are going to the Island Food Pantry. To make reservations, please call The Beach Plum Inn, 508-645-9454.

Jennifer and Scott Frank zipped back for a long weekend in town to help celebrate the marriage of Alix Berger and Ollie Childs. Alix is the daughter of Bonnie and Merle Berger.

Do you have any old computers, printers, electrical appliances, stereos, taking up space in your basement or garage? Fall clean up and clean out happens just as regularly as spring cleaning so save the following date to aid in your endeavor: the Electronic Disposal Day is Saturday, October 1, from 9 am to 2 pm at Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. Give the folks down there a jingle for all of the details.

The fish have trickled in to the dock for the veterans who have made the Beach Plum Inn home for the last few days. I don’t have all of the fabulous details yet, but I have seen smiling faces, bass, bluefish, and cars loaded up and headed to the weigh in. So exciting for all.