He loved a great party, said his old friend Stuart Richter. That’s exactly what wife Joan, and daughters Betsy, Lynnie and Allie provided in honor of Pete Perrine on Saturday night. Pete died of pancreatic cancer this past spring.

It was a wonderful celebration, filled with laughter and fond memories. His brother Skip told stories about Pete’s athletic prowess, about his playing high school football weighing 135 pounds, and basketball at 5 feet, 6 inches tall. Several other speakers spoke more seriously about Pete’s passion for the theatre and London, England. We will miss his great sense of humor and understated class.

About this time each year, Don and Penny Hinkle can be seen walking the Chop, training a German Shepherd to become a seeing-eye dog. We will soon be privileged to see a lot more of the Hinkles and their inspirational dogs. They plan to retire here, moving from Green Village, N.J., to their East Chop home overlooking the Beach Club. We look forward to their move at the end of October.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, Virginia Reilly Gosselin will begin showing her art work at the Dragonfly Gallery and Periwinkle Studio on Dukes County avenue in Oak Bluffs. A reception will be held at both galleries that day from 4 to 7 p.m. Virginia paints with pen and ink, color pencils, pastels and acrylics. Her paintings display a range of vivid colors and of course are inspired by Vineyard settings. Her work will be shown at both galleries through Oct. 7. You won’t want to miss it.

As I walked the Chop this week, I noticed that houseguests have replaced grandchildren. Particularly hard-hit were Pat and Mimi Carroll. They were visited last week by Sid and Sandy Larson, old friends and business partners from Colorado. In addition, Dick and Sage Chase returned for a visit from Elkins, N.H. Wendy Johnson is now here from Manchester Village, Vt.

At the Edgartown Golf Club, I met Nigel and Lida Wilson, longtime friends of Steve and Kathy Wilkerson, from Englewood, N.J., and Killington, Vt. On the same day, I met Hoyt and Marybelle Chapin, friends of Russell and Carol Clark, from New London, N.H., and Vero Beach, Fla. Both couples were awed by the vistas at Edgartown, and challenged by the long rough.

Finally and most importantly, Ella Sunderland Mahony, 7 pounds, 11 ounces with 10 fingers, 10 toes, and a full head of brown hair, was born at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Sept. 13. Her mother Katherine reported that her labor and delivery went remarkably well and that Ella is sleeping — some. Colin, the proud father, is home for two weeks, on leave from Vertica Inc. where he is the senior director of business development. Katherine has promised to introduce Ella to our community this fall. We look forward to their visit.