Chilmark enjoyed its share of hot summer days and heavy rains that came along to save the vegetable gardens and ornamental foliage that were needing the water. Now we are in gear for the fair; weather never seems important when we can go to the fair. See you there, rain or shine.

Bill Vincent sends us the news of the arrival of his twin granddaughters, Natalie Rose and Vivian Vincent Persons. They were born on July 26 to Bill’s daughter, Katie, and her husband, Mike Persons. Natalie weighed 6.2 pounds and Vivian weighed 6.8 pounds. Other grandparents are Mike Persons and Katy Persons, all of Niskayuna, N.Y. Katie is the daughter of the late Priscilla Vincent. The family is looking forward to introducing the girls to their Chilmark home and heritage. Cheers from us all!

Jarvis Kellogg and Betsy Munnell and their daughters, Catherine, Annie and Molly, are here for August at their Chilmark home off Tea Lane. Visiting them this month are Jarvis’s twin brother, James and his wife, Colleen, from Vermont and Betsy’s sister Cathie, and her husband, Ras, from Charleston.

Paul and Diane Kretschmann are happy to be at their Chilmark home in the Fulling Mill Brook area for the 30th year. They are still celebrating the July wedding of their daughter, Kate, to Paul Lederer. Kate’s new sister in law, Karen, joined them and this week, good friends Susan and Richard Gilbert will be visiting.

The final lecture of the author lecture series at the Chilmark Community Center will be August 18 at 7:30 p.m. The speaker will be Henry Louis Gates Jr. discussing his new book, The Henry Louis Gates Jr. Reader. This program is sponsored by the Chilmark Community Center and the Bunch of Grapes bookstore. Tickets will be available at the door or at the bookstore and at ticketsmv.com. The cost for two tickets of $30 will include a book.

Tuesday, August 21, from 5 to 9 p.m. will be Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard night at Flatbread. There will be a special performance by Vineyard Sound and a silent auction.

Lloyd and Sue Miller of Wade’s Cove have enjoyed a summer-long visit from their grandson, Elias, 16. He worked at the Galley, raced in the Menemsha Pond sailboat races and found time to study for the SATs. He and his grandfather also found time to build a construction sculpture called the Steps. Elias’s brother, Ethan, and his mother, Nadia, were here for shorter Chilmark vacations.

Zee Gamson is recruiting volunteers to assist in getting out the vote for the Democratic Party. If you have any time to donate she will be happy to hear from you.

The Chilmark library Wednesday program on August 22 at 5:30 p.m. will be a book talk by Harvard Law professor Kenneth W. Mack, who will discuss his book, Representing a Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer. The Friends of the Chilmark Library sponsor this program.