And just like that…it’s Labor Day Weekend. Our Vineyard kids are lucky to have another week before starting school on September 9, meanwhile in Connecticut, my niece and nephew have already reported to their respective schools. I thought that with schools opening so early in Connecticut and New York, town would be a little less crazy, but oh no, the last week of August is still feeling like the last week of August — sidewalks packed, restaurants filled, and ice cream still dripping off sticky elbows.

Well, someone needs a nap this week, and that someone is Harley Snowden. Little Miss Snowden got her fill of birthday cupcakes and presents galore in celebration of her August 22 birthday. We caught the last leg of the celebrations at Papa and Grammy Sue’s house, where Harley had a tiara on her head upon our arrival, and at some point had a scheduled costume change into a completely different queenly crown. Head adornment or none, that is one well-loved little princess.

Also celebrating this past weekend, Adeline Smith hosted friends from near and far for her “Pinkalicious” birthday, including guest of honor, Butterfinger the pony and Butterfinger’s donkey friend, whose name I never caught. The bouncy house was a hit, and the Paciello boys made short work of the piñ;ata, so a fun time was had by all.

Folks, what were your highlights this summer? I would love to hold onto the summer feeling a bit longer before we launch into fall, so drop me an email and let me know about the fun stuff you all did while the sun was high this year. Camps, new pets, travels, visitors, let me know! Let’s keep the summer vibe going as long as we can.

Congratulations to Edgartown School Sixth grader, Molly Pogue, who designed the tee-shirt for the 5K Pennywise Path Run/Walk to benefit the Edgartown Library. The event will take place on Monday, Sept. 2, and the first 100 registrants of this USATF-certified event will get one of Molly’s tee-shirts. So hurry and sign up. Forms are available at the library or call 508-627-4221 for more information. Friends of the Library are the proud sponsors.

Well, I know that to many of you, there is only one thing of importance over the next two months, and that, my friends, is fish. With the Derby commencing September 15, I thought I’d mention the new exhibit at the MV Museum, “One on the Line: The Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby,” which will trace this Island staple’s rich 60-plus-year history that began in 1946 as an event to extend the shoulder season for Island tourism and has evolved into an annual tradition that has brought people together from across the country. Derby committee member Janet Messineo will guest curate the exhibition. The exhibit opens August 20, with a reception from 5 to 7 pm.

Birthday wishes go out to Connor Graves, who proudly turns 7 on August 29, and to Mike Poirier, September 3, who would probably prefer to be a tad more discreet about his candle count. Have fun!