Chilmark is in the last throes of August and doing nicely, thank you. In spite of the small but plentiful visitors . . . mosquitoes, and lots of them. No one seems to know how to avoid them but everyone has some plan in place to chase them, so life goes on. Otherwise, everyone appears to be enjoying what has turned out to be a nearly perfect summer . . . sunny days, rain at night, a parking place when you need it and lots of activities for the young and old.

Congratulations to all the Chilmark folks who won prizes at this year’s agricultural fair. Every year I say that this was the best fair ever . . . at least it always seems special when we are accompanied by grandchildren!

Jan Buhrman’s Kitchen Porch newsletter for August is out this week. It is a Chilmark column for foodies and full of interesting information. You can find her at kitchenporch.com. It is a great report on current food happenings in Chilmark.

The Chilmark library has one more program in August. Ellen Weiss will give an author talk on August 29 on her new book, Robert R. Taylor and Tuskegee: An African American Architect Designs for Booker T. Washington. She is an architectural historian and a Tulane University professor. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Library and is free to all. The talk begins at 5:30 p.m. at the library.

The annual Brickner Poetry Contest at the Chilmark library presented prizes to this year’s winners this week. The high school first-place winner is Isabel Feinstein of Chilmark and Concord. The high school second-place winner is Sarah Gruner of Edgartown. The Junior High School first-place winner is Rachel Mellicker of Chilmark and Montclair, N.J. and the second-place junior high school winner is Eva Stanley of Chilmark and Dorchester. Congratulations to all! The library staff and trustees wish to thank those who served as judges this year.

Marguerite Benson of Washington, D.C. and Chilmark enjoyed entertaining her five grandchildren this month. They are Liza, Lucas and Lorenzo Borzello and Lawrence and Ian Hadley.

Anita Guerra of San Francisco is in Chilmark for an August visit with Ted Meinelt. While here she renewed her many friendships on the Island.

Terry and Kathy Meinelt of Topsfield and Chilmark are happy to have their daughter, Sarah, home from a summer in Brazil. She served an internship with Deloitte this summer, spending four weeks in Boston and four weeks in Brazil. She is a senior at Holy Cross College.

Jonathan and Eleonora Whittier came from Tucson with their daughter, Sienna, for a visit with Jon’s parents on Larsen Lane.

Bill and Christine Jones Lee spent August this year at the Jones family home in Quitsa. Their daughter Evelyn and husband Jonathon came from Austin, Texas for a summer visit.

Carl and Peggy Joes Desch hosted a large contingent of family at their Stonewall cottage for a week in August in celebration of the birthdays of Barbara, Michael and Audrey. It was a reunion of the Desoe, Dionisio, Lenihan and Lochrie families. There were five grandchildren enjoying the festivities also. All were proud of the four members of the extended family who ran and completed the Chilmark Road Race. Lots of Chilmark memories were made!

The Chilmark Community Church will benefit from the concert Heavenly Sounds, to be offered by Lia Kahler, mezzo-soprano, and her friends Richard Gordon, piano and Philip Dietterich, organ. They will present this special program on Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. at the church on Menemsha Crossroad. It is suggested that you call to reserve advance tickets at 508-645-3325. Advance tickets will be $15 for general admission, and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets purchased at the door will be $20 for general and $15 for seniors/students. There will be a silent auction before the concert and a reception following it.