The Old South Road neighborhood association will be holding their sixth annual Fourth of July children’s parade again this year and will need your assistance with the list of activities as planned. We are sincerely anticipating that Chief Randhi Belain will provide security and lead the parade. Our town officials will participate, Jim Vercruysse will make arrangements for the Aquinnah fire truck, Kristen and H.P. will provide face-painting and beach treasures, Arlen and Lexie Roth will supply antique cars and drivers, the Lows will decorate the float, the Donahue-Pattons will help with face-painting, the Kaufmans will provide music at the reviewing stand, the Schillers and Donnellys will help bury treasures, Sue Jensen will wear her French champion swimming medals, the Murphys will provide flags and a reviewing stand, the Norkuses will provide the birthday boy, the Bazzys will drive the red jeep, the Batzers will bring an orange Thing, the Fosters will bring the motorcycle, June Manning will be the official publicist, the Paul Manning family will participate, the Vanderhoops will bring Amos and Izzy, the Vickerys will bring their grandchildren. The parade will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 4. We need volunteers to help bury the treasure on Philbin Beach at 9 a.m. Children should arrive at the Goldfield-Mannion house for face-painting and flagging at 10 a.m. Floats, cars and bikes should line up at the top of the hill beginning at 10 a.m. All donations of flags, toys and decorations are encouraged. All children and their families are invited to attend. Questions and concerns should be directed to the founder, Kristin Mannion at irishfey@aol.chiller. (P.S. Rob Schiller is responsible for the weather — as always!)

The Gay Head Lighthouse will be open for self-guided tours throughout the summer on weekend nights from approximately 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $5. The lighthouse will be closed when the weather is rainy.

Now and Zen will make a Vineyard debut this evening at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Vineyard. Vineyard-born storyteller Susan Klein has teamed up with worldwide photographer Alan Brigish to bring you a beautiful collection of our diverse Vineyard communities, the history, and some of the traditions in their book Now and Zen. They have brought to us a wonderful collection, capturing so much of our Vineyard life and the transitions and transformations especially over the past 30 years. They will have a book signing tonight at 7:30 p.m. so please join them. During the book signing, Bunch of Grapes creator and cofounder Ann (Littlefield) Nelson will be honored for her many years of providing such a wonderful bookstore for us all to enjoy and for her many accomplishments in the community.

The Islandwide summer reading program sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association, will have their kickoff festivities on Saturday, July 3 at 11 a.m. at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury. Admission is $3 and you will be able to enjoy Scott Jameson and his magical performance. Face-painting is available for $1. Stop by and enjoy.

Marsha Winsryg will be presenting an African Crafts Sale and Puppet Show on Monday, July 5, at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. The sale will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. with the Spindrift Marionettes performing a puppet show at 5:30 p.m. Marsha will show her jewelry, baskets, carvings, and textiles on sale for the benefit of African Artists Children’s Fund for the community development project.

Thank you to one and all for the efforts in making Summer Welcome a grand evening of fun and surprises. It was our first fund-raising event for the newly re-organized Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living, previously known as Island Council on Aging. We will have many more events throughout the next few months, so please support our efforts especially in our need to find more permanent space for the Supportive Day Program that provides for many elders each day.

Maxwell Butler, son of Lenny and Mallory, returned to his home in Boston this past week after attending the wedding of Timothy Correira and Kate Walsh. Tim is the son of Michael and Jean (Zadeh) Correira and the grandson of Mary Zadeh.

Condolences to the family of George Costa, who died in Florida over the past week. George was formerly our postal carrier and it was in January 1967 that he heroically saved our great-grandmother Anna Smalley from a fire in our home. Through his efforts, and going to telephone from Barbara and Carol Francis’ home, our beloved Grandma Smalley was saved.

Adam Gebb and his wife Gretchen and their children Eliza and four-year-old Warren (aka WooWoo) have been at their Oxcart Road home for a summer visit from their winter home in Vermont.

Marshall Lee, his wife Martha Vanderhoop and their sons Samuel and Joseph returned home this week after attending the wedding of Marshall’s niece Stacy Stottmeister to Andrew Forbes on June 26 in Baltimore. Stacy is the daughter of the late Susan Lee and her husband Henry Stottmeister. They enjoyed themselves immensely.

Welcome to Justin Stottmeister of Rockville, Md., who has arrived for the summer. He is the nephew of Marshall Lee and Martha Vanderhoop. Justin is a student at Frostburg State College in Frostburg, Md. He will be working at the HatMarCha Shop at the Cliffs, so please stop in and welcome Justin.

Capt. Hugh Taylor and his wife Jeanne have found a unique way to open the Outermost Inn on their usual day off, Monday, evenings. On Monday July 5 from 4 to 9 p.m. they will have a barbecue dinner including appetizers, desserts and fine dining. Entertainment will be provided by Hugh, Merrily, Buck, and Peter. Tickets are $50 per person. No children under the age of 12, please. The dinner will benefit the Aquinnah Public Library. For reservations, please call 508-645-3511.

Condolences to the family of Beverlee J. Vanderhoop, who died in San Gabriel, Calif., on June 24. She was the former spouse of the late Leonard F. Vanderhoop, Jr.. Beverlee was the mother of Paula and her husband Ray Malone, Kathy and her husband Simon Karroum, and Lenora Boyd and her husband Paul. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and in laws John O. Vanderhoop and Marjorie Galbraith. Services were held on June 30 in California.

The votes are in, the ballots have been tallied, and Captain Buddy Vanderhoop has been chosen as the runner-up in Martha’s Vineyard Magazine’s Best of the Vineyard Awards for 2010. Captain Buddy won one of the prestigious 77 awards -—his was for the runner-up position for best fishing charter boat. Of course, we can all see Captain Bud as he heads out aboard his Tomahawk Charters each day bringing in the trophy fish that only he can find.

Jesse Wiener, son of Carolyn Feltz and Jerry Wiener, and his beautiful bride Maggie, returned to their home in Manhattan this past week after being home to attend the wedding of their dear friend Timothy Correira and Kate Walsh. Jesse and Maggie will soon be off to their summer work in Maine.

Have a very happy and safe Fourth of July. Stop for a moment and realize why we are celebrating the day. Volunteers are needed to assist in raising the flags at the avenue of the flags in Vineyard Haven at 7 a.m., and lowering them again at 3 p.m. Feel the spirit!

Happy 16th anniversary wishes to Michael and Brenda Johnson on July 9.

Happy 62nd anniversary wishes to Joseph and Edith Andrews on July 3.

Happy birthday wishes this week to Spencer R. Booker, who partied on June 28 and is now officially 16 years of age and thus working at Alley’s Store for the summer. Deborah DeBettencourt Ratcliff will party on July 3, as will Marissa Kaeka; Robert E. Manning will be four years old on July 3; and a very special happy birthday wish to my dear friend Jan Anderson as she celebrates her special day on July 4. Also on July 4, Marianne Thomas and Celeste Glavin will celebrate, Mae Alice Baird will be six years old, and Michael Norkus will celebrate with a parade in his honor! Jody Mendez celebrates on July 6 and shares the day with Sheryl Scott. My granddaughter Marianne Spiller will party on July 7 as she turns 21. Gary Coates will party on July 8. Richard Clark will party on July 9, as will Gloria Mendez and Dominic Baird.