My husband and I took our obligatory mid-summer break from the madness of the season to visit some friends in the Boston area, and we were blown away when we drove off the boat by the throng of people waiting to board the ferry in Vineyard Haven on Sunday. It is hard to believe I was ever one of those weekend warriors, spending Sunday evening in traffic to get back to Boston in time for work Monday morning. I certainly don’t miss that! But I have to say, it is great to see the Island hopping this year.

Well, our neighborhood has been rockin’ as Ali and Phil Upham played host to son, Kurt, and his wife, Colleen, their twin daughters, Sydney and Caroline, and 11-week-old chocolate lab, Lady Liberty. The crew visited from Wayland from July 1 to 9, finding plenty to fill their time and bellies, including trips to the beach, treats at DQ, and bike riding. Hope to see you all back again soon.

Every week I get numerous emails from the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society on all the awesome things they have been doing, but it’s always Vineyard Haven, Chilmark, etc. So I try to give them an annual plug, but this week, I am thrilled to say that the MVFS is coming to Edgartown, and bringing with them none other than Boston Red Sox veteran phenom, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. So go check out the documentary “Knuckleball!” at the Harbor View on July 12, at 8 pm. I’ll be there with my Sox lid on. Will you? For more info, visit tmvff.org.

Arnold McCuller, the longtime featured vocalist with James Taylor’s band, is coming to the Whaling Church on July 27 at 8 pm, for what promises to be a pretty awesome show. In addition to Vineyard fave JT, McCuller’s voice has graced recordings by a virtual who’s who of the music industry, including Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Bette Midler, Brenda Russell, Lionel Ritchie, Dave Koz, Billy Idol, Lyle Lovett, and Beck, to name a few. For further info and tickets, visit arnoldmcculler.com.

Hey, you crafty folks: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church wants you for their first annual craft fair, to be held Saturday, July 21, from 10 am to 3 pm. You do not need to be a parish member to participate. Forty spaces are available in 8×10 and 5×8 foot sizes. Call Bonnie Deitz at 508-627-4669 or email her at bonnie_deitz@comcast.net to reserve your space. No jurying required for this event. This is a great opportunity to sell your craft items in a pleasant setting, in a heavy foot traffic area.

The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks — the Island’s own baseball team — will host a Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard night on Sunday, July 15, at 5 pm at Vineyard Baseball Park behind the high school. Get over there and fill the stadium with supporters of Hospice of MV. Meet the board of directors and fundraising volunteers. The Sharks will be playing the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide. For more information, visit hospiceofmv.org.

A special belated birthday wish goes out to Richard “Stoney” Stone, who celebrated July 10. Stoney has always wanted to see his name on this page, and I have the very easy job of making this happen. So here you go! Enjoy!

Birthday wishes also go out to Jay Swartz, July 14, to Joanne Cassidy, July 16, and to Hannah Guerin, July 17. Wishing you all sunshine and fun.