Chilmark had a busy week. The Monday night special town meeting, although not heavily attended, gave those present a good opportunity to explore the various opinions of their fellow voters and the majority approved the plan for changing the Menemsha docks presented by town boards. It is a step into the future, always a time to depend on leadership and technical expertise. Chilmark seems to have its share of both.

Tuesday night’s sunset did not disappoint . . . it was one of the most spectacular of the season, and the crowds were there to see it. It was a beautiful evening that was enjoyed by many . . . all lucky enough to find parking!

Chilmark Community Church continues to make Tuesday special by offering their highly-respected lobster rolls for sale from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the church. It is time to include one or two in your vacation dining experience.

Chip and Marsha Phillips and their sons, Chase, Adam and Justin, of Richmond, Va. are at their Larsen Lane cottage for their annual vacation and family reunion. Chip is the son of Chuck and Marjorie Phillips of Larsen Lane. Chase is off to Villanova in the fall where he will begin graduate studies in clinical psychology and Adam will begin undergraduate study at the University of Miami in Florida.

The Martha’s Vineyard Democratic Council will meet this Saturday, August 11, at Howes House in West Tisbury from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The speakers will be the candidates in the primary for the 9th Congressional District. They are Representative Bill Keating, the current representative for the 9th District and Sam Sutter, currently the Bristol County district attorney.

Chilmark History Week will include a talk on August 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chilmark library by Kai Nalenz of Gravestone Service of New England. He will talk about the history and conservation of historic gravestones of New England. On Thursday, August 16, he will offer a workshop in repair and restoration at the Abel’s Hill cemetery. All are welcome to both events.

The History Week continues with a Thursday, August 16, program at the Chilmark library at 5 to 6 p.m. Bruce Clouette will tell us how he succeeded in getting the Barn House on the National Register of Historic Places. This program is open to all at no charge. The Barn House on South Road is our only property on the national register.

John Furst and Amy Cody, along with son Arlo and daughter Madeline, are hosting family and friends at their home on Pond Mark Road as they gather to celebrate John’s 60th birthday. Amy’s 90-year-old mom, Mary Cody of Newton, is enjoying Squibnocket Beach and their nephew, Jenner Furst of Brooklyn, is the reigning family champion at horseshoes. Happy birthday from us all to John!

The Chilmark Community Church is looking forward to Lia Kahler’s program of music that includes her mezzo-soprano voice and her friends Richard Gordon on piano and Philip Dietterich at the organ. The program is called Heavenly Sounds and will be presented at 3 p.m. on September 9 at the church, with the proceeds to benefit the church. There will also be a silent auction in the church community room and a reception following the concert. Tickets are available at 508-645-3325 or at the door. We hope you will include this fund-raising program on your list of things to do. Lia has a long history of successful fund-raising for local causes and she also has a beautiful voice that is much enjoyed by those who hear her.

Long-time Chilmark seasonal and off-season resident Ann Lees of North Road, who has been coming here for over 30 years, has written her first book of poems, Night Spirit. It is available at the Chilmark Library and for sale at Bunch of Grapes Book Store and the Louisa Gould Art Gallery in Vineyard Haven. Ann is a scientist by training and trade, and her poems show us another side of her talents. Please go to AntrimHouseBooks.com for more information or to order a book.

Shirley Reiss is enjoying a vacation on Larsen Lane with her daughter, Claire Schiff, and husband Zak Zandler and their children, Lucien and Noisnie of Bordeaux, France. Shirley also sent word that she recently visited former Chilmarker Charlotte Rubin at her home on the mainland. Charlotte was happy to visit with her former neighbor and, although ill, showed her cheerful and positive spirit.

Dr. Elizabeth Halprin and her daughter, Lianora Villarreal Halprin, have been visiting with Lianora’s grandparents, Lee and Abby at the Allen Farm. Lianora has enjoyed riding horses with them while on the farm.

Jackie Mendez Diez is enjoying a visit from her son, Stefan, and his wife, Robin Shutinya, at her North Road home. While here, they are celebrating their second wedding anniversary. The couple is from Edmonton, Canada.

Conrad Neumann is back at his Larsen Lane home and preparing for the arrival of children and grandchildren, who are gathering for a family celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Conrad and Jane on Sunday, August 12. Those here for the festivities are Jonathan and Christina Neumann and their children, Elijah and Samona, from Portland, Ore. Marty and Jennifer Shalhaus and their daughter, Christina, are here from New Jersey, and Cris and Lesley Neumann and their boys, here from Ireland.

Don’t miss the Summer Soiree for Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard taking place on August 14 at Farm Neck at 5:30 p.m. It is a dinner and auction that promises to be exceptional both for the food, prepared by Jaimie Hamlin, and the items to be auctioned that include sports and Bruce Springsteen tickets! It is a good cause whose services are available to us all. Please call 508-693-0189 for more details.