I find the time to write on Sunday evening. This Sunday evening is unlike the others. The sun has settled behind the hillside. My 17year-old is wrapping up her summer homework and deciding what to wear to her first day of her senior year. My 10-year-old is in a tub full of bubbles preparing to embark on a week-long journey with his classmates aboard Alabama. The bottle is packed for their message in a bottle exercise. A flashlight is at the ready for word searches and comic book reading in his bunk. A toothbrush, a hair brush, and a few changes of clothes are all packed. But, like last year, I expect to have him return home in the same tee-shirt he departed in. The only difference is rather than smelling fresh and feeling soft as can be from the dryer, it will be stiff and salty just as it should be after a mighty adventure on the high seas. The class of mighty sailors will return from their adventure on Saturday and I, along with all of the other parents, am eager to hear their tales.

Congratulations to Hope (Murphy) MacLeod for completing her ninth year of marriage with Chris. He was tickled to tell me it has been nine years and that she is amazing for putting up with all of his shenanigans. May happiness continue to surround you and your charming children, Finnegan and Linden.

The Flea Market may be over, but the Chilmark Church will continue their lobster roll sales through September 17. Mark your calendar. You have one last opportunity to visit with the lobster roll ladies, grab a bite and enjoy the last little taste of an official summer meal on the lawn.

Pam Goff reports that summer is clearly winding down and now is the time to consider Sunday school for your child. Children of all ages are welcome. Service and school begin at 9 am. Stop by to see what it is all about.

Eight women from Julie Coleman’s Chapel Hill, N.C., area women’s walking group arrived this past week ready to hike. Laces were cinched, water bottles were filled and the walking sticks were placed in hand as they set out at Menemsha Hills Reservation. The North Carolina walkers joined up with four of Julie’s M.V. hikers where the group had a ball chatting, walking, and exploring. Julie will do two more hikes before she and her husband, Bill, depart on September 22. The lucky husbands are invited on these last two walks. For information on the hikes give Julie a call at 508-645-2261.

It’s time to kick off Chilmark Preschool’s fall fundraiser with a photo shoot. Family portraits, a group of friends, couples any collection of folks or even the family pet with photographer Eli Dagostino shot at Tea Lane Farm and Morning Glory. September 28, October 13 and October 19 are the dates he will be available. The $75 session includes 15 minutes of shooting and a DVD of final edited, high-resolution photos. The proceeds benefit the Chilmark Preschool’s violin program. Contact Patricia Bacon at or 401-952-7541 to inquire or schedule your session.

A great time was had by all last Sunday when the Tisbury Fire Association Car Show took over Main Street, Vineyard Haven. According to Wooten Bassett resident and classic car enthusiast Paul Iantosca, Arlan Roth was there with two of his classics — a 1956 Buick hardtop and his 1942 Roadster. Paul was their with his flashy red Oldsmobile 442 convertible. Mark Levin, who happens to play Chilmark softball with Paul and Arlan, was also in attendance. Paul managed to get Peter Simon out onto the streets to give him a quick lesson in the fine art of classic cars. According to Paul, Peter said, “What is all the excitement about old cars? I just do not understand anything about it.” While out on the streets, Peter wanted a picture of Paul with his “Howie Hustle” Award presented to him earlier that day. Paul proudly had it displayed on his car.

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