Welcome to summer, warm sunshine, and summer visitors. We have been waiting all winter for you to arrive.

Today at 5:30 pm Mark Alan Lovewell will speak at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum Library in Edgartown about the sinking of the Mertie B. Crowley 100 years ago. On January 23, 1910, the six-masted schooner ran aground and was destroyed off Wasque. Members $8, non-members $12.

For only $10 on Friday, enjoy dinner and dancing at the P.A. Club from 6 to 10 pm to benefit MVCenter4Living, which needs a permanent home for their Supportive Day Program.

The Baptists are offering barbecued chicken on Saturday night from 5 to 7 pm at the parish hall on William Street. For only $12 you can have all you can eat ($6 for those under 12). I hope they still serve corn bread.

The handsome young police officers in our town have noticed the influx of visitors. On Sunday they were busy helping a young man get into his locked truck and diverting cars from going the wrong way on Main Street.

Tisbury voters must come to the special town meeting this Tuesday evening at 7 pm at the Tisbury School. The two short warrants on the agenda will finally deal with the payment we owe to our police officers. It should be a very brief session, but we do need 100 voters to accomplish this task. Be there by 7, and we can all go home early.

Every Tuesday morning from 9 to 1 pm shoppers enjoy the Down Island Farmer’s Market at the Tisbury Wharf Company marina. You’ll find fresh local produce, cheeses and baked goods, coffee, olive oils, flowers, and ice cream, along with handmade jewelry, homemade dog biscuits, and much more.

History fans are in for a treat. Every other week this summer the Unitarian Universalist Society will present a program on the political leaders of WW II entitled ‘Lessons Learned from War and Politics.’ Michael Kobran, former professor of political science, will explain some of the reasons that today’s problems are remnants of World Wars I and II. Can we learn from the political mistakes? The second in the series is about one of the era’s more colorful leaders, Mussolini, and the advent of nationalism. That’s on Tuesday night, after town meeting, at 7:30 pm in the Stevens Chapel, 238 Main Street, one block north of the library. A $5 donation is suggested.

Johanna and Michael Kobran are celebrating birthdays galore: two sons-in-law (Jim Byrd who is in South Africa for the World Cup and Jack McCullough of Montpelier, Vt.), two grandsons (young John McCullough and 16-year old Sam Becker), two anniversaries (John and Darlene McCullough now marking 5 years and Greg and Maureen Becker, 19 years). All this is happening in one week. They’ll all be here this summer to party with cake and ice cream.

I hear that special praise is due to Dorie Godfrey for her efforts at the UU Society yard sale last Saturday. It was a great success thanks to the efforts of all the participants. A grand time and a good bargain was had by all.

You have admired many lovely Peter Simon photographs, especially those of our beautiful island. He will be the speaker at the Vineyard Haven Library next Wednesday at 7 pm. He will be sharing stories about his personal and professional life.

Next Thursday all kids age 5 and up can enjoy red, white, and blue crafts at the library at 3:30 pm. At 6 pm there is a free movie and popcorn for age 12 and up. (This is a story about adventures in a mythological land.). Another movie, learning about our planet, will be shown for age 6 and up at 3 pm on July 7.

Next Thursday evening see a Blues Brothers revue at the Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs. The Vineyard Playhouse and Judy Belushi will present “Red, White, & Blues Brothers” at 8:30 pm.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out tomorrow to Carly Simon, Jack O’Callaghan, and Margo Ortiz. Saturday belongs to Barbara Barstow and Nancy Cryer. Helen Issokson, Leslie Craven, and Jean Cargill will party on Sunday. Happy birthday on Monday to two special girls: Emma Kristal and Barbara Harnen. On Tuesday, wish the best to Mary Jacobson and on Wednesday, to Lynne Benson.

Heard on Main Street: You know the water is warm enough to swim when the jellyfish appear. The water is already warm enough at the Tashmoo opening.