As I write, Chilmark is sharing another beautiful sunset with what sometimes seems to be most of the civilized world . . . or at least as many of them as can fit into Menemsha. We have had lots of nice sunsets this season and lots of people have been here to appreciate them. This leads me to comment on one visitor who has a different idea than the rest of us on the meaning of crowded. Early one morning this week as I was walking past the marsh that extends behind the Bite restaurant and beyond, I saw a large white heron descend and land mid-marsh. Shortly after he settled in, another large white heron flew in and started to land at what seemed a respectable distance from the first, but Mr. #1 wasn’t having it and flew up and headed for #2, who quickly flew up but not off. The two circled the marsh twice before the interloper was chased and the original heron had the marsh to himself again. He returned to land in the top of a small tree and remained there, surveying what he apparently called his own space.

Menemsha had other visitors this week. The Discovery Channel was here by boat, taking shots for a documentary about sharks, or so I was told. No doubt it will be shown about June next year. I really don’t know the details.

Bayard and Suzanne Kellam of Providence and Chilmark enjoyed entertaining Suzanne’s sister, Sandra, and her husband, Stetson Tinkham of Alexandria, Va., for a few days this week.

Bob and Emma Shalhope are back at Barn Again after traveling to Portland, Ore. this month for a family reunion that included celebrations of birthdays and Bob and Emma’s 50th wedding anniversary. Cheers from us all!

We all send best wishes to Judy Mayhew, who will be undergoing back surgery soon. We all hope to see her home and out and about soon.

The Chilmark library staff and patrons sent popular staffer Judy Mueller off to retirement and a soon-to-happen trip to Europe this week. She will be back serving the library in many ways in the future, but for now, bon voyage from us all!

Andy Anderson and Cola Parker welcomed their daughter, Ella, home to their South Road home after a summer at Camp Treetops in Lake Placid, N.Y. Ella sent home some projects that were entered in the fair. She was happy to learn that she had won blue ribbons for a weaving entry and a felt picture. Congratulations!

The Chilmark library returns to off-season hours next week. They are Monday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Thursday, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and closed all day on Fridays and Sundays.

Adam Moore, executive director of Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation, invited the Chilmark Historical Commission, among others, to visit the Mayhew Mitchell house at Quansoo on Monday evening. Mr. Moore introduced Brian Cooper of Early New England Restorations in North Stonington, Conn., who explained some of the restoration efforts needed to save the old house for future generations. He also led tours of the house that demonstrated its age and condition. All present hoped that eventually this old Chilmark landmark would be saved for the ages.

The final buzz of the season is heard all around us as we all prepare for the Labor Day weekend festivities. We hope that everyone has an enjoyable weekend as a fitting wrap-up of a successful and fun-filled summer.