Well, that was just a weekend of perfect beach weather. Not too hot, not too humid. What more could you ask for? We took the Jeep out to East Beach with a bunch of friends, and trying to tear ourselves away at the end of the day was quite the feat.

I know you have all been wondering, Where are all the pancakes? I mean, last year at this time, we were swimming in pancakes, and now we seem to be in some sort of pancake-free alternate universe. Well, I’ve got news for you. The Mission Group of the Federated Church will bring an end to our pancake drought on August 12 from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the Parish House. The event will benefit the M.V. Cancer Support Group. And as if those delicious disks of skillet-browned batter and the worthy cause weren’t enough, we’re talking blueberry pancakes. Do it.

Other opportunities to benefit the Cancer Support Group will be taking place in the next week, including the Farm Neck Tennis Tournament, July 27 to 29, and pizza night at Flatbread’s July 31. For more information, call Jane Carroll at 508-696-9849.

The MV Museum is excited to present a screening of Shakespeare’s famous play Othello. Filmed on the Vineyard and other locations in the 1960s, this will be the first public showing on the Island since the film was made. Cast members include actors from the Shearer Summer Theater, who appear in this groundbreaking interpretation, featuring an all-black cast. The film stars Yaphet Kotto as Othello, and it was directed by Liz White. Othello will be shown on Tuesday, August 2, beginning at 7:30 pm at Union Chapel, 55 Narragansett Avenue, Oak Bluffs. A brief introduction will touch on the film’s importance in Island African American history. The film is approximately two hours in length. Admission is $10 for members, and $15 for non-members. Reservations can be made in advance by calling Brie at the Museum, 508-627-4441, ext. 110.

There will be a graveside service for John W. Mayhew with full military honors at 4 pm on Saturday, July 28, at the West Tisbury cemetery. At 5 pm, a memorial service will take place at the Ag Hall on Panhandle Road, followed by a potluck dinner and an old-fashioned musicale. Potluck dishes may be dropped off at Ag Hall any time after 3 pm (limited refrigeration and no warm up facility). Bring your instruments! Questions to drdeb@vineyard.net.

If you are interested in leadership, promoting school spirit, dance, teamwork, tumbling, and all around fun, now is the time to sign up for Junior High Cheerleading. The program is open to all students in grades six to eight. Call Sue Costello at 508-627-9568 or email her at costellofamilymv@comcast.net for more information. Go Vineyard!

Special 60th birthday wishes go out to Steven Galligan on July 28 “from his sister wives with love.” Sounds like a handful, but that’s an awful lot of candles, so the more help, the better I guess.

Additional birthday shout-outs go to Nick Prescott (belatedly), who celebrated July 24, to Jamie Ann Greene, who celebrates July 26, to Alex and Adam Elias on July 27, to Andy Smith and Vera Dello Russo on July 28, to Lauren Major on July 29, and to Barbara Phillips and Jane Barbini on August 1. Cheers!