Those local businesses in our town that have been voted the Best of the Vineyard were just announced this week. It’s no surprise that some of these are also being thanked for their support of the MV Chamber Music 2013 summer festival. This is a reminder for you to support them: MV Film Center, Net Result, Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, as well as Cronig’s and Martha’s Vineyard Insurance.

And you should know that the Island Club card will be good for discounts on tickets for the MV Chamber Music summer festival. The concerts are on assorted Monday evenings at the Whaling Church and Tuesday evenings at the Chilmark Community Center in July and August. For more see http://mvcms.org/upcoming_programs/ or call 508-696-8055

We are entering that busy time of year where we have to choose our treats. Next Tuesday, July 2, is the Vineyard Playhouse benefit starring Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen in “Love Letters.” This unique opportunity is Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center at the Regional High School. Get your tickets at boxoffice@vineyardplayhouse.org or call 508-687-2452. All ticket sales are final.

There’s more: Dr. Normand Lazarow will share his story of Navigating the Medical System on Tuesday at 7 pm at our Vineyard Haven Library. Seeking help for a loved one facing a life-threatening disease was incredibly difficult, even for a doctor. His story may provide hope and help for others traveling this path.

Also on Tuesday evening at the MV Film Society, in support of the West Tisbury Library, will be readings by authors Jorie Graham and Fanny Howe. Champagne and cupcakes will be served. That does sound good. Members pay $10, others $15.

Stay cool and enjoy this summer that we have been awaiting all year. No complaints are allowed until after the Fourth, you know.

Next week is the Glorious Fourth. On that day the shops in Tisbury will take part in the annual bell ringing on the Fourth. Years ago Americans would ring bells on the Fourth to remind themselves of the significance of the day. In 1963 Congress resolved that all communities should have citizens ring church and school bells for four minutes at 2 pm on the Fourth of July. In our town the bells will ring at 2 pm in traditional remembrance, as a celebration of freedom.

As part of the celebration you are invited to help the veterans create the Avenue of Flags in Oak Grove Cemetery. The 450 flags will go up at 7:30 am and come down at 2 pm, so that you won’t miss the big parade. And the vets really do need your help. Take time to do your part.

Happy anniversary to Robert and Juliana Rogers. They celebrate wedded bliss on Saturday, the first of July.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Leslie Craven, Helen Issokson, and Jean Cargill. Lots of candles will say happy birthday tomorrow to Emma Kristal and Barbara Harnen. Saturday belongs to Mary Jacobson. Many happy returns go out on Sunday to Lynne Benson. Wish the best to Sioux Eagle and Marina Lent celebrate on Tuesday. Parties on Wednesday will be for Bob Benson, Cora Medeiros, and Larry Gomez.

Heard on Main Street: To err is human, to forgive divine. Neither is Marine Corps policy.