Chilmark is in high summer mode as the 4th of July weekend approaches. The roads and beaches and shops are busy with visitors and the Community Center is gearing up for the next month of activity. The arrival of summer and the influx of visitors always seem to surprise us in spite of the weeks of preparation we have been at work on!

Best wishes to Richard Steves, who is recuperating from some medical problems treated this week at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. We hope to see him out and about soon.

Congratulations to Roland and Gert Shea, formerly of Hammett Acres and now residing in Ludlow. Their 65th wedding anniversary was on June 28. Gert is remembered for the years she and her sister ran the Chilmark Community Church flea market when it was in front of the church. She has many friends still in Chilmark, and they may send greetings to the Sheas at 665 Center st., unit 301, Ludlow, MA 01056. Cheers from us all!

The Port Independence Yacht Club of Onset spent the weekend past in the Menemsha harbor. There were 20 boats here for their weekend reunion.

Vacationing at the Rasmus Klimm house in Menemsha this week are his granddaughter, Kristine, and his great, great granddaughter, Olive Mills. Also visiting are Robin Panoulias of Nashua, N.H. and Ruth Wynn from Hopeville, Georgia. They all treasure the pleasures of Menemsha on their annual visits.

Jack and Nina Huberman of Santa Fe and Menemsha are enjoying a visit form Jack’s brother, Joel and his wife, Anne, of Buffalo. Their daughter, Julie Huberman, and her husband, Grant Skennerton, and their children, Emma and Beth, are here from Brisbane, Australia. The Skennertons are traveling in New England this summer, visiting family and friends.

The Chilmark Community Church invites us to a program of music for the guitar on July 1 at the church at 5 p.m. Peter Griggs of New York will present 500 years of music for guitar, with music from the Renaissance to the contemporary. There will be a freewill offering, and the public is invited.

Rumor has it that Betty Eddy Lidgerwood has written a book entitled Letters from the Attic, with illustrations by Kay Harris. It describes the beloved bedlam of raising a family in the ‘50s. We all hope to attend an author talk soon! Cheers to Betty!

The Aquinnah Public Library will host an author talk by Nicole Galland of West Tisbury on July 12 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the Old Aquinnah Town Hall. Her book, I, Iago, offers a fresh interpretation of the characters in Shakespeare’s play. All are welcome at no charge.

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard will hold a Jubilee for Art at the Wesley Hotel in Oak Bluffs on July 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. Local artists have contributed art works that will be sold for $100 each for the benefit of Hospice. There will be refreshments available for shoppers.

A couple of columns ago I introduced you to Olivia Larsen, who is working this summer at the Chilmark library. I have since learned that this young lady was a 2012 graduate from Lasell College, graduating magna cum laude from the honors program. Congratulations from us all!

A wayward pick up truck found it’s way into the front door of the Harbor Craft shop on Basin Road early one morning this week. We hope repairs are quick and Roberta Morgan can get back to selling her treasures. It was one of those not-too-serious accidents, and we are happy no one was hurt. Watch for her re-opening!

Homeport Restaurant and the Back Door window are now open daily for everyone’s pleasure.

Please send me your news of the holiday week ahead . . . and cheers to all for a happy 4th of July celebration!