According to the calendar, the summer has gone but the sun, air, and abundance of summertime friends still in our midst certainly makes it feel as if the dreamy days of August are still with us. Nathaniel Hawthorne was spot on when he said: “There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.”

This past weekend we were surrounded by bikinis, bare feet, salty hair, the scent of sunblock, buckets of bait fish, convertibles with their tops down, children with dripping ice cream — all attributes reminiscent of the dog days of summer.

But, alas, shops are closing down for the season and friends are packed up and gone after one last hurrah over the holiday weekend. The Galley has dished out their last chicken grilla, their last streetlight hot dog (ketchup, mustard, relish), and, sadly, their last soft serve chocolate dipped cone until May of 2012.

The Home Port’s hefty portion of hand cut fries served up with deep-fried pollock, also known as fish and chips, is on the back burner until next summer. Closing night onion rings were a special on the menu and my dear friend Sarah knows I am on a mission to try all the rings served on this Island so a plate-full made their way into my mouth and they happily slipped into my stomach. Mozzarella sticks can be found in your grocer’s freezer aisle but none will live up to those the Flynn family serves at The Bite.

Larsen’s, Menemsha Fish Market, and the Cafe all still have their doors open for hearty fare. Chowder, piping hot fish cakes, and more are all awaiting your hungry bellies.

Josh Aronie shared the new Cafe hours. For the time being, they are open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. They may still open early on Saturday but he recommends you call first. They will have breakfast sandwiches, scones, and coffee on the menu but their primary focus is lunch. Friday night suppers continue from 5:30 to 8 pm. It is a cozy gathering spot for friends and family to enjoy a homey meal. Fish tacos were on the menu this past weekend.

It was party time this past week at Pandora’s Box. Kara Merry has her rockin’ sale going on at 50 percent off. She had her annual open house/big sale last Thursday where she pulled out all the stops. The next day I spotted dozens of friends decked out in new garb claiming it was all thanks to Kara.

Well wishes to Charlie Shipway who, while playing hockey, had an unfortunate run in with the boards. He was flown to Boston Medical Center with two compound fractures in his left arm but word has it he was well taken care of and is resting comfortably at home. We all wish you a speedy recovery.

A fellow rider was quoted saying: the ideal cross racer is a mix of mountain biker and roadie. Mary McConneloug has those both, she’s incredible. Mary went home with a strong second place finish this past weekend at the Providence Cyclocross Festival where riders toured Roger Williams Park at a rapid pace. Our very own Todd Christy, aka Town Hall Todd, placed pretty near the middle of his race. Jenny, Dash, El, and Wren are all very proud of him.

Julie Coleman wrote in from Taos, New Mexico to remind us all of the seventh annual Justin L. Coleman Hike-a-thon. Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11:30 am, there will be a brief meeting at the Coleman house for a short talk from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martha’s Vineyard as they are one of the local recipients of the Justin Lord Coleman Foundation’s charitable gift fund. Cookies and cider will be served while you are lacing up your hiking boots in anticipation of the noon send-off to the Hancock Beach destination. The three miles round trip hike is a pretty reasonable one but dress appropriately.

Pam Goff shares that the Chilmark Church will have a guest preacher, all the way from Edgartown, on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 9 am. The Reverend Richard Olson, a retired Lutheran minister, will speak and engage in conversation.

Wednesday is the fourth and final part in the series Sissinghurst at the library. It starts at 5:30 so give them a call if you need details.

“Once you get it” is the title of this year’s women’s symposium to be held at the Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 9 am to 12 noon. Four guest speakers, small group discussion, and refreshments should certainly entice you. Thanks to Ann Boyer for getting the word out there. The event is free, but donations are welcome to help cover expenses.