By Jacqueline Sexton - July 13, 2006

Whatever became of that Vineyard staple, the old Island car? These days the roads are overwhelmed with gleaming new pick-ups, mostly red, larger trucks, 2006 vintage, and threading their way amongst these working vehicles are the BMW convertibles, the Jags, and the Cabriolets , brightening the landscape like colorful ornaments. And then there are the behemoths, the SUVs rocking along and taking up a lane and a half, and the Hummers which require most of the road.

A reminder: The children's book fair is this Sunday, July 16 from noon to 3 pm at the library. Jules Feiffer and his daughter, Kate Feiffer, will be there to talk about their books.

We report with sadness the passing of Carole Larsen, who has been a vital part of the Chilmark community for many years. Always full of energy, if she wasn't shucking littlenecks at Larsens, she was selling lobster rolls at the off-season flea market. She was all over the place, and she will be greatly missed. A memorial service was scheduled to take place yesterday at the home of Louis and Mary Larsen.

Members of the editorial board of "Martha's Vineyard Writing" will read selections from its recently published summer issue next Wednesday, July 19, at the library from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The journal is a twice-yearly publication that provides an outlet for fine writing by Islanders of all ages.

Edward Hewett will have an exhibition of new paintings and an 80th birthday retrospective of family portraits and sketches at the library from Saturday, July 15 to July 29. The show will open with a reception this Saturday July 15 from 3 to 5 pm.

The Friends of the Library are setting up a book sale table at the end of the skylight corridor so the library will have an ongoing book sale all year. Book donations are welcome. Linda Thompson is the guiding force behind the new project.

Lia Kahler and friends will give a concert tonight, July 13, at 7:30 at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown to benefit Seeds of Peace. A reception will follow. Seeds of Peace is a project that brings together youths from all over the world to exchange thoughts and ideas in an attempt to foster peace through mutual understanding.

Also tonight Conrad Neuman will talk about his recent book, "Warming World, Rising Seas," at the community center at 8 pm. Mr. Neuman is a recognized authority on the subject, and taught geology and oceanography at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill for three and a half decades.

The Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society will give a concert next Tuesday July 18 at 8 pm at the community center. The program includes the music of Mozart, Brahms, and Joaquin Turina. A reception will follow.

Cathy Thompson has had a full house of visiting relatives. Her father, Irwin Askow, 91, a longtime Menemsha summer resident, is visiting as are her brother Dan and his two sons, Andy, 12, and Nathan, 14. They have been enjoying get-togethers with the rest of their extended Menemsha/Chilmark clan.

Elaine Kerrigan had a family gathering in Menemsha during the July Fourth week, celebrating the July 2 wedding of her youngest son, Patrick Campbell, to Jeanine D'Angelo. Other members of the wedding party were also present, including her daughter Megan Campbell and her friend Mike Sepavich, as well as John Campbell and John Curtis, both best men at the wedding.

The United Methodist Church is embarked on a period of pastoral change, and the Rev. Mary Jane O'Connor Ropp, who has served in Oak Bluffs for several years, is joined by newcomer, Rev. Susan Heafield, (pronounced Hayfield). Together , they will serve the four Methodist churches on a rotation basis. The Rev. Heafield will live, with her husband, the Rev. Dr. Brian Wren, in the Chilmark parsonage.

The couple have published two collections of worship songs, and a third will be out soon. The couple's combined adult children are Nathan of Portland, Maine, Hilary, who lives in London, and Nicholas in Tokyo. We welcome the new family and hope they will enjoy life in Chilmark.

The walking women will meet at 9 am next Thursday, July 20 to hike trails leading to Waskosim's Rock. For directions or information, call Julie Coleman at 508-645-2261 or Judy Maynes at 508-645-3460. All women are welcome.

Here are some (very) belated birthday wishes for the month of June. Elinor Littleton, June 16, Harriette Otteson, June 21, and Beth Mayhew on June 28.

Many happy returns to you all.

The Martha's Vineyard Independent Film Festival will show "Lepel," about a nine-year-old boy's search for a family spoon (lepel), at 5 pm at the community center. The film is recommended for children age 7 and up.

At 8 pm an adult film, "Plastic Disasters," which deals with the American obsession with physical perfection, will be shown, also at the community center.