This week I was listening to the television rather than watching it and I heard a commentator telling us, “this island isn’t a paradise anymore, with gasoline in some places over $5 a gallon and a head of lettuce $2 and tomatoes often $4 a pound . . .” I tuned in and went to see if he was reporting from our Island, but no — he was telling us how tough things are in Hawaii. I guess we can enjoy knowing islands in other oceans are also feeling the pinch.

People are coming from all directions to enjoy a festive Fourth of July with us. Many families are enjoying reunions and barbecues, and we hope the rain holds off for all.

The Chilmark Community Center opened this week and the booklets outlining the summer’s activities are available at the center if you did not receive one in the mail. Of note is one of their first programs on Thursday, July 10: Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, will discuss journalism beginning at 8 p.m.

Alan Dershowitz will speak at the Chilmark Public Library on Wednesday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. He will speak about our civil rights. He is a popular speaker, so best to get to the library a little early.

A program will be held at the Grange Hall on Saturday at 11 a.m. that all children will enjoy. It is the kick off for the summer reading program and will feature a magical juggling act by Bill Ross of the Screaming with Pleasure Productions.

Perry Mehring and Judy Banker Mehring of North Slope Lane will be welcoming their son Adam and his wife Joanne and their grandchildren, Sam, Aaron and Eva, for a Fourth of July visit at their home, Boulder View. Grandson Max is away at overnight camp in Canada and will join his grandparents for a long August visit.

Jon and Christina Neumann and their children Elijah and Simona, have come from Portland, Ore., for their annual vacation with Jon’s parents, Conrad and Jane Neumann.

Bill and Rainie Kirkland are at their Menemsha home for the summer season. They are residents of Panama when not enjoying Chilmark.

Tom Langman of Vienna, Va., is at his Chilmark home for the season.

Wendy Weldman is having a show of her paintings at the Shaw Cramer Gallery with an opening on Friday, July 11, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show is entitled Mostly Barns.

Mildred Mayhew enjoyed a visit from her granddaughter, Kerry Shawzer of Bedford, N.H. Her two daughters, Cassandra and Hannah, accompanied her.

Lia Kahler will present her concert of songs and arias on Thursday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. Coloratura soprano Olga Lisvskaya and pianist Peter Hutchings will join her in duets. The concert is for the benefit of hunger in the United States and is entitled Still the Hunger.

William Gilmore is at his Larsen Lane home for a two-week vacation and is happy to have his grandson, Gregory Ramsey, with him for the holiday weekend. He has as his guest Dr. Heather Disken, who is a pediatrician at the Newton Wellesley Hospital.

Alice Childs of New York city and Bea Hubbard of Connecticut are back at the Aronson house on Chowder Kettle Lane for July.

Congratulations from us all to Jonathan Whittier of Tucson and Eleanora Demaria, who were married on Saturday on Larsen Lane. Jonathan is the son of Carol and Douglas Whittier of Winthrop, Me., and he is the grandson of Priscilla Smith and the late Stanley Smith of Chilmark and Maine. Eleonora is the daughter of Ofelia Hoet and Jorge Demaria, who traveled to the wedding from their home in Parara, Argentina. The ceremony was conducted by John Alley on the lawn of the summer home of Dr. Charles and Marjorie Phillips and the reception was held at the Smith family cottage, all on Larsen Lane.

Please give me a call and I’ll be happy to tell folks about your Fourth of July celebrations and guests.