Chilmark has enjoyed soaking up the heavy rains of the past week. I can almost hear the sighs of relief from every plant in view. It was a great treat and a good start to August. No one can doubt that it is August. Somehow, the volume of cars, visitors, needs and chores all hit over the past weekend. Seems like August is going to be longer this year!

There are many events to call to your attention, as well as reminders of annual events like the fair coming up.

First, I need to give some credit to the founder of Soaringwords, the program designed to create hope and pleasure to sick children everywhere. Lisa Buksbaum is presenting a program today at the Chilmark Community Center from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. She started this inspirational mission a number of years ago. We are happy she brought it to Chilmark.

We send best wishes this week to Conrad Neumann who is, as we write, at a Boston hospital for treatments. We hope he will be home and out and about soon.

Noli Taylor will speak about local food as part of everyday choices at the Old Aquinnah Town Hall as part of the Aquinnah library’s speaker program. She will speak from 5 to 6:15 p.m. on August 7. The program is free to all. Nancy Caldwell will be the speaker on August 9 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Her subject will be “A Space for Dialogue and Diversity in Paris.” If you have questions about these programs, please call the Aquinnah library.

The storybook character Lily is coming to the Chilmark Community Center on August 7 at 11 a.m. to entertain the young ones. Kristin Maloney of the Chilmark library will read the story and sing some songs with the children. This is a program of the Chilmark library and is sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association.

Judy Banker Mehrling and Perry Mehrling are delighted to welcome old friends Terry and Ivor Pritchard to their Chilmark home, Boulder View. The Pritchards are from Washington, DC, where Terry is a partner in a law firm and Ivor is a senior official with the Department of Education.

Tom and Barbara Rivers are happy to have their grandson, James Rivers, visiting from New York city. He joins his cousin, James Anderson, and aunt, Diane Rivers, of Florida, all here for their annual Chilmark visits. The two cousins, ages 15 and 16, haven’t had an opportunity to vacation here together for several years.

Nancy Salzman sends word that the whole family is gathering this weekend at the family home on Fulling Mill Hill in Chilmark. There will be burials of Dr. Edwin Salzman and son David Salzman at the Jewish Cemetery in Vineyard Haven on Friday morning. The weekend will also include the wedding of her son Jim to Heather Stanford. They were classmates at Yale, introduced by Jim’s brother David. The wedding will take place at the West Tisbury home of Jim’s brother, Andy.

Cathy Thompson enjoyed a one-day visit from friends Deb Brown and Kirk and Gwynne Dulaney of Roxbury, Conn. They all met last year at a winter beach resort.

The Allen Farm was host this week to a visit from Ron and Elvernoy Johnson of western Massachusetts. Clarissa Allen, Kristin Maloney and Elvernoy were classmates at college 42 years ago. Elvernoy is now the Massachusetts state librarian at the State House in Boston.

Bob Conway has called my attention to the upcoming performances by the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society. They will play an all-Bach program at the Old Whaling Church on Monday evening and, on Tuesday evening, at the Chilmark Community Center. Thanks to Bob and his longing to hear Bach played on a harpsichord, there will actually be a harpsichord on stage for Dolores Stevens to play. Arrangements have been underway for months to get the instrument to the Island from Boston. The other musicians playing in this program will be: flute, Deborah Boldin; viola, Scott Woolweaver and Peter Suiski; cello, Scott Kluksvahi and Stephen McGhee, and double bass, Michael Tinus.

Jules Worthington’s recent paintings will be on display at the Sovereign Bank in Chilmark from August 3 through August 10. The opening reception will be August 3 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Chilmark library has a busy August schedule with programs of varied subject matter. Mariana Cook will give a book talk on August 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the library. Her book is a collection of photos of stonewalls around the globe. She was inspired by the walls of Chilmark, and the pictures will interest all who love the walls. The book is entitled Stone Wall, Personal Boundaries.

Please make note that next week, August 15, the Chilmark Historical Commission will present its annual program. Kai Nalenz of Gravestone Services of New England will give us a talk about the historic gravestones of New England and the preservation of them. He will offer a workshop on Thursday morning at the cemetery on how to repair and restore some of the old stones at Abel’s Hill cemetery. All are welcome to attend both meetings. He will offer special teaching to eight people but we can all watch!

The Chilmark history week continues with a program at the library on August 16 at 5 p.m. about Barn House on South Road. Bruce Clouette will tell us about the process and research necessary to get Barn House on the National Register of Historic Places.