And they’re off. After another remarkable summer nestled in at their home just a hop, skip and a jump down Menemsha Inn Road, Lydia and Bill Edison have made the move back to their Elk, California, home. A fond farewell to the lovely man who called me, wrote to me, and stopped by to check in on me and share some hot news. A fond adieu to his lovely bride whom I could occasionally hear in the background of our telephone chats politely correcting him whenever he made a mistake reporting his hot scoop. I look forward to their return next spring and will attempt to make a trip to Elk — population 208.

Ava Stearns, daughter of Bret Stearns and Sarah Doyle and big sis to Graham, has been on yet another equestrian adventure. This leg of her journey has taken her to the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The show’s motto is “where champions rise to the challenge” and that is certainly what young Ava has done. At the time of my writing, Ava won her equitation class. The show runs through October 6, so I’ll bet Miss Ava will experience more success between now and then.

Congratulations to Jennifer Wlodyka. I spotted her name on the Derby board on September 28 with a first place daily for the boat bonito she reeled in. She also managed to take home a women’s weekly for that same fish.

Stephanie Bouchard, her fiance, Nathan Neipris, and his son, Dillon, ventured to the Vineyard this past weekend. They managed to catch up with cousins Hailey and Mikey Waters and a whole gang of other family members. They laughed, strolled, chatted, explored, played and enjoyed the warmth the September sunshine had to offer.

Sixty-three years has passed since Roberta and Jim Morgan tied the knot. I guess that makes 1950 the year they were married. Beehive hairdos, tv dinners, saddle shoes, the hokey pokey, hula hoops, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, square dance, and Ritz crackers were popular. I’m not sure times have really changed just, perhaps, evolved.

Also celebrating an anniversary this past week was that crazy couple that calls Steamboat Springs, Colorado, their winter home. Craig and Lori Keefe celebrated with a candlelit dinner at the Outermost Inn sans children. It’s pretty unusual to see this couple without one, two, or all three of their children in tow. My guess is their dinner table conversation revolved around Quinn, Allie, and Grady.

After all that mom and dad mushy stuff that kids just don’t get, Sunday was funday for the Keefe kids. Quinn, after having been out fishing on their boat for the better part of the day, managed to reel in a 15.26-pound bass right off the dock in Menemsha. The amazing part is he did it all by himself. Dad had popped over to the Galley to pick up a late lunch for the hungry crew. Quinn was just passing the time waiting for his burger. All those hours logged on the dock managed to finally pay off. Lucky.

Every year, the 4/5 students of the Chilmark School prepare a school-wide community service event in order to raise money to help other children in need. This year, the class of 17 students are excited to announce a new initiative: to raise money to help build a permanent structure for the Blessed Watoto Community School in Atiak, Uganda. They will accomplish their goal with the support of Hannah Kahl and Lila Fischer, who lived in Atiak for an extended period of time. Hannah and Lila have spent time in the 4/5 classroom discussing Uganda’s geography, history, culture and what a school day is like for a child in Uganda. The class will share information about their initiative on Tuesday, October 8, 6–7 pm, in the school’s foyer. Friends and community members are invited to join the group. Stay tuned for information about the 4/5 student-run Atiak Fair to be held at the CCC on October 25.