The weather has been bright and sunny and temperatures are climbing. Lots of folks worked outdoors and held backyard barbecues last weekend. It is getting busier by the day; if you drove down to Vineyard Haven last weekend you probably experienced your first traffic snarl of the season. Tuesday is Flag Day. Linda Alley, also known as the jelly queen, reports that the West Tisbury Farmers’ Market will begin its 37th summer season tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. at the Grange Hall.

Old friend Ted Morgan down in Edgartown, was featured on the CBS Evening News on Monday, the 67th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. It showed Ted with family at home and on his first trip back to the Normandy area since World War II, explaining what he did parachuting behind enemy lines. Thanks, Ted, for all your service.

This is a big week over at the school. Eighth grade graduation is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Agricultural Hall. The students and chaperones returned home from the student exchange trip to England on Monday.

Charlie Kernick and his wife, Stevie, flying under my radar, arrived back at his Edgartown Road home for the summer last week. They spent the winter months in Hillsboro, N.C. Stevie is already gardening and Charlie had the entire house repaired and reshingled over the winter.

Prof. Ellen Weiss, of New Orleans, La., and Old County Road returned from the South last weekend and now is in residence at her home for the summer season.

Malcolm and Judy Hall of Oklahoma City arrived at the Pond Road home for the summer earlier this week. Malcolm has already set out his hybrid okra plants in the freshly-tilled garden and is expecting a bumper crop this year.

Shanti Blum of Music street reports that her daughter Michelle Berlyne and her daughter Sarah Chisholm of Toronto, Canada, are here visiting. Michelle reported that her husband, Rick, was one of the photographers who covered the royal wedding in London a few weeks ago for CTV. He was the head of production for the Vancouver Olympics. Sarah is studying midwifery at Ryerson in Toronto.

Ben, Paddy and Martha Moore of Alley Way went up to Boston last week to an exhibit of oil and watercolor paintings by an uncle of theirs whom they never had the opportunity to meet. The paintings are at the Martha Richardson Fine Arts Gallery. Charles H. Rathbone died in an automobile accident in 1936 at age 33. He was married to their aunt, Martha Moore, who was a sculptor, and they met as students in New York city. During the summers they were often in the Brittany fishing village of Concarneau. Many of the paintings at the gallery are of the harbor, their fishing boats and the fishermen and surrounding houses and shops. There are also two paintings of the Menemsha dock with its fishing boats.. This special artwork can be seen online at The Boston show ends on June 25.

Family members and friends from as far away as China arrived all week to attend the celebration of James Walsh’s life to be held tomorrow at the Agricultural Hall at 2 p.m. Island friends of Cynthia Walsh and her sister, Jaime Hamlin, are invited to attend. It will be a Quaker service, so anyone who wishes to share a memory of James will be welcome to do so. Our sincere condolences to his family.

Paddy Moore reports that state Rep. Tim Madden will be speaking at the meeting of the Martha’s Vineyard Democratic Council tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in the Howes House.

Stop by the library tomorrow and help Colleen make noodle animal crafts. The Monday night movie is Jaws at 7 p.m. I may not go because I would have to look at myself 30 years ago. All this leads up to a book signing event on Tuesday, June 21, at 5:30 p.m. when Matt Taylor and Susan Murphy will be selling Matt’s book, Jaws: Memories from Martha’s Vineyard! Also at the library this Monday at 7 p.m., healer Alison David Bird will discuss the evolution of the soul through reincarnation. She will lead a group session in which participants will enter hypnosis and regress for a glimpse of past incarnations.

Lynn Ditchfield of ACE-MV reports that Alice Robinson will conduct the Vineyard’s final spring course on safe food handling practices. Either a short refresher or an intensive five-day course is available, running between June 22 to 29.

Anna Carringer over at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, reports that tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. the fourth annual Martha’s Vineyard Lighthouse Challenge will give you an opportunity to climb to the top of the Edgartown, East Chop and Gay Head Lighthouses, visit the West Chop Light, and arrange a four-wheel journey to the Cape Pogue Lighthouse (contact The Trustees of Reservations as a reservation is required). Start your tour at any of the lighthouses. The cost is $15 single ticket or $25 family and includes all the lighthouses plus admission to the museum.

Next Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the museum invites all of us to a cocktail reception under the tent on the lawn. The summer exhibits at the museum include: We Are Marching Along: Martha’s Vineyard and the Civil War; various Spotlight exhibitions with various items from the collections; and Your Town, Our Island.

Windemere will hold a residents auction at the Agricultural Hall tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 508-862-1933 or see the Gazette’s calendar pages.

John Kelleher, senior deacon, and cochairman of the Family Visitation Committee, reports that on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the parish hall, a visitor training session will be offered to assist members in learning ways to be more effective. Pledge materials will be provided for each visitor to deliver and leave in homes. He and Marian Irving trust that you will agree to join them on Tuesday to learn about this opportunity to become part of the capital campaign team!

Happy birthday to: Susie Safford, Anh Ho, Susan Kennedy and Trevor Marzbanian today; Mary Lu Hough, Minor Knight, Joan Mancuso, Paul Cotton and Stephen Socha tomorrow; Kib Bramhall, Jean Wexler, Elaine Weintraub, Leslie Fairbairn, Martha Stackpole and Mike Black on Sunday; Dick Philibosian of Auburn, Anti Botti, Brian Smith, Charlotte McGoldrick and Les Leland on Monday; Bea Amaral, Elaine Pace, Sandra Hakala, Timothy Sweet, Linda Bassett-Benoit and Bill Haynes on Tuesday; Joyce Currier, Cynthia Riggs, Jonathan Eldridge and Fred Barron on Wednesday; Mike Diaz, Ruth Campbell, Leslie Baker and Anne Fischer on Thursday.

Belated birthday greetings to Mary Jane Pease, Becky Baxter, Natalie Grewal and Simi Horwitz down in New York city. Anniversary greetings to Ed Levine and Vicki Bijur, who will celebrate their special day on Thursday. Belated anniversary greeting to a swell couple, Bob and Ernestine Kinnecom.

Well, that is all the social news for this week. Congratulations to the graduating class at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School on Sunday and to the students at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School last weekend. If you have any news, please call or e-mail me. Have a great week.