Well, I missed the insanity of last weekend. After doing Illumination Night and the Fair on crutches last year, I opted to take the year off and got off-Island for a couple of days. With all these trips back and forth, I can really feel the end of summer closing in with not nearly enough beach time under my belt. That will have to be this week’s mission.

I checked in with upcoming birthday girl, Emma Searle (August 25) about her weekend at the Fair. She had intended to enter her K9 companion, Humphrey, a handsome little devil, in the dog show, but chose a beach day instead. I think this is much more fair to the other dogs, as Humphrey would surely have stolen the show. Miss Searle did garner an honorable mention for her delicious apple pie, so this year’s fair season was not without accolades. Congratulations, and hope your double-digit birthday is a blast, kid.

I had a tasty time last week, finally making it to Trio at Black Sheep with my buddy Richard Prieto. If you haven’t tried this yet, you must. At night, the cheese shop is transformed into a swank little café with a tasting menu featuring various meats, cheeses, and wine pairings. It’s a great education in what you might like or not like, and each “trio” of meat, cheese, and wine is accompanied by a take-home card with the name and description of the delicious delight for easy future reference.

Amy Morgan, a native of Edgartown who now lives in Marlboro, is spreading the word to the MVRHS Class of 1986. It’s time for your 25th high school reunion! The fun will take place Columbus Day weekend, October 7-10 — exact date and location still to be determined. To make sure you don’t miss out on this historic event, contact Amy at 508-612-5780, amorgan@advocatesinc.org, or find her on Facebook.

Jim and Pam Butterick are excited to open their home once again for the Fifth Annual Evening of Music on the Lagoon, to benefit the restoration and ongoing maintenance of the 1895 Hook and Hastings pipe organ at the historic Federated Church. The event will take place Sunday, September 4, from 6 to 8 pm. Listen to pianist John Gorman play classical and romantic selections, while sipping wine, enjoying appetizers, and watching sunset over the Lagoon on this final Sunday before Labor Day. For information, email antispung@aol.com.

The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society will soon kick off its Sixth Annual M.V. International Film Festival. During September 8 to 11, films will be shown day and night, all at Vineyard Haven venues within easy walking distance of one another and the town’s many galleries, shops, and restaurants, punctuated by parties large and small. The films to be screened come from every corner of the world, including Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South America, Eurasia, and Africa. With four jam-packed short-film showcases and over two dozen feature films, the festival provides something for everyone. For further info and a full schedule of showings, visit mvfilmfest.festivalgenius.com/2011/films.

The Second Annual Potters Bowl at Featherstone will take place Sunday, August 28, from 4 to 6 pm, featuring over 20 Island potters, from every Island town. Visitors can purchase a bowl made by Vineyard ceramic artists and put it to immediate use with a free bowl of soup, accompanied by bread, beverages, and ice cream sandwiches. It will be a wonderful evening at the Summer Tent at Featherstone, with music from Phil DaRosa. This evening marks the opening of the show “The Art of Light,” with guest curator Washington Ledesma. There will be ceramic lamps, luminarias, and candleholders on display September 2. For further info, contact Nancy Nash at 508-696-8891.

Birthday wishes go out to Erika Bettencourt, who celebrates Saturday, August 27, and to Morgan Lucero, Wednesday, August 31. Hope you ladies have great days!