Hot pink, yellow, fire engine red, orange, purple, and lime green — all the colors dotting the fairgrounds, attracting everyone to "Come to the Fair." Fair books are folded open on every table, displaying regulations for categories of artwork, the precise number and size of zucchini or string beans, dahlias, chocolate cakes, hooked rugs or cable-knit sweaters, mobiles, science projects, carved shorebirds, quilts, and flower arrangements in tea cups. It's the culmination of a year's work or growing season, and the topic of conversation across the Island.
I'm writing my column up at the library, as my computer is not working again. Paul and Noah Garcia just walked in carrying a splendid chocolate cake for Colleen Morris's birthday. The weekly knitting group, Ann Howes, Judy Bryant, Nancy Cabot, and Susie Boass, came and went early, having spent the day working at the fairgrounds. I'm trying to keep my eyes on this keyboard instead of wandering the bookshelves. Julie Saunders and her son, Ben, just came to sing "Happy Birthday" to Colleen.
Mary Lu Hough called with news that she and George have become great-grandparents. Patrick Harmer Jr. was born August 7 to the Hough's granddaughter, Lydia, and her husband, Marine Corporal Patrick Harmer. They live in San Diego, Calif.
Closer to home, Isabella Rosalie Larsen was born July 24, to Shannon and Dan Larsen. She joins her parents and big sister, Natalie.
Natalie and Isabella's great-grandmother, Rosalie Powell, has recently returned from Nichols College in Dudley. She taught a class in traditional rug-hooking at the McGown Teachers' Workshop.
Jean Wexler is enjoying her introduction to her great-grandson, seven-month-old Dashiell Cooney. He and his parents, Carolina and Dan Cooney, are here from Berkley, Calif. They will be staying with Jean through the fair, able to just walk across the road. Carolina's brother, Jesse Stuart, will join them for the weekend from Hartford, Conn.
West Tisbury residents are well-represented in the latest issue of Martha's Vineyard Magazine. Read about Susan Feller's vegetable garden. Lanny McDowell has written an article about nesting shore birds, accompanied by his photographs. Charles Kernick won third prize for a photograph; Barbara Berresford won an honorable mention.
Allen Whiting has rehung his gallery with new paintings for the month of August.
The West Tisbury team took the gold in the Edgartown Croquet Club Annual Woody Tarlow Doubles Tournament. Sandy Turner and Bill Blakesley beat teams from the Vineyard and Cape.
Katherine Long is taking time out from adoring her new kittens, Purl and Twig ("He doesn't look like a Knit; he looks like a Twig," Katherine replied to the obvious question) to enjoy a visit with her sister, Mary Ruth. Mary Ruth, a master quilter, is here through the Fair, where she will be a presence in the fiber tent. In case you have never had new kittens in your house, playing with and adoring them can be a full-time occupation. Purl and Twig are particularly engaging.
Dorothy Barthelmes and Bob Henry are here at the Slocum House for their annual summer stay. Mike and I had our first (of many) dinners with them Saturday night. We have all made lots of plans, around Bob's bridge and golf schedule, of course.
Whit and Diana Manter have a new puppy, a very cute westie named Oliver.
Bill and Betty Haynes had Betty's brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Linda Lewis, as guests for the weekend. The Lewises live in Cornwall, N.Y., where Fred and Betty grew up. Everyone gathered around Betty and Bill's table for a lobster feast Friday night — Bruce and Jennifer Haynes and their children, Janice Haynes and Jeremiah Brown.
Last weekend was a dream for anyone loving motorcycles. The Island roared as Harley riders held their Annual Run to the Rock. Mike, Shirley Howell, Jenny Greene, and I had a good view from Alley's porch. When I saw Laura Caruso at the Farmers' Market, I asked if Paul was here, but he wasn't. To my great disappointment, as I was hoping for another ride on his bike.
Jules Feiffer will be at the library Friday, Aug. 20, at 5 pm, to read from his newest book, "Backing into Forward."
Monday through Friday, August 23-27, the library is hosting "The Long Good-bye to Summer" Poetry Series every evening at 5:50. Featured poets are Jill Jupen, Jennifer Tseng, Leslie Prosterman, Lily Bick, Zen Hughes, Eileen Maley, Beth Parker, Maureen Hall, Donald Nitchie, Justen Ahren, and Amira Thoron.
August 25 is the last day to register to vote in the September 14 state primary. Town clerk Tara Whiting will be on duty in her office at Town Hall all that day from 9 am to 8 pm. She cautions anyone who is not sure whether or not they are registered to come to her office and check the voter list.
Welcome to the Obama family. We all hope you enjoy your time here with us.
The cool nights and dry, breezy days have been a welcome respite from the hot and humid summer we have been having. I am so grateful.