Sarah Wilbur’s headstone (April 15, 1792 to March 20, 1875) is in a small graveyard with several unmarked stones just off the Vineyard Haven-Edgartown Road, almost hidden behind the “County Road Oak Bluffs Next Right” sign. I don’t know who Mrs. Wilbur was — or indeed, if in fact she is actually buried there, understanding there is a ceremonial graveyard in Sengekontacket in remembrance but without remains. There’s a family graveyard along Barnes Road near Featherstone. On land owned by the State of Massachusetts, where the John T. Hughes Hatchery & Research Station is located on Shirley avenue, is the more widely-known Eastville Cemetery where original people, sailors like John Cates (died at sea, April 30, 1828) and black people, like the former slave Rebecca Ann Michael (1809 to 1854) are buried. Eastville Cemetery is part of the African American Heritage Trail. There is a bench with a plaque in memory of Rebecca, great grandmother of the black Vineyard whaling Captain William A. Martin. Were it not for the attention devoted to the Heritage Trail, the Eastville Cemetery would be as forgotten as Mrs. Wilbur’s and the one on Barnes Road — and an undeterminable number of others.

It’s disappointing that we place such low emphasis on the departed after the exertion of their internment. The highway department looks after Oak Grove Cemetery, and lost an employee in 2011 in a budget cut following the retirement of Gail Landers, who had “vast knowledge of the cemetery.” The Eastville Cemetery needs attention and the sate should take care of that. Perhaps, though, the care of other cemeteries might be looked after by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank in conjunction with the town’s Cemetery Commission to acknowledge the memory of those in repose. Oak Bluffs’ principal cemetery, Oak Grove, includes areas called the Sea View Hill Cemetery and the Adam’s Lookout Cemetery. In 2011, 84 folks died in Oak Bluffs, 51 of whom were Oak Bluffs residents. The cemetery commissioners’ annual report notes that 27 quarter lots and two cremation lots were sold but does not clarify how many, if any of those who died, were buried in Oak Grove.

Shout out to New York Times Frugal Traveler writer Seth Kugel for the August 28 recap of his six-day trip to Martha’s Vineyard the week of July 2, when he was able to vacation for $600, far more frugally than the rest of us. Of course, he stayed at the Martha’s Vineyard Family Campground for three of the nights and rented a bike. (Good thing he didn’t see how much gas is!) In his story that was highly complimentary of Oak Bluffs ($1 Katama oysters at Hooked, $1-$1.25 donuts at Back Door — “the real deals”). He was also the first writer I’m aware of to note how superior the Oak Bluffs harbor sunset was over that of Menemsha. I agree.

The third annual Best Fest was celebrated Saturday, from Viera Park to Dreamland. Providence’s Extraordinary Rendition Band highlighted the day-long music and arts party supporting WVVY-FM with a rousing parade up Circuit avenue through Post Office Square and down Kennebec to Dreamland for its annual ball. Few events top a Circuit avenue parade and this colorful and enthusiastic one was remarkable.

Circuit avenue closes to traffic tomorrow for Tivoli Day (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) allowing us to get discounted Vineyard and Oak Bluffs T-shirts and sweatshirts and enjoy the communion with neighbors. Margot Datz will be signing her Mermaid books at Sanctuary. Spectacular weather is predicted and this year the Liberty Jazz Band plays at the Ocean Park bandstand at 5 p.m. I’m looking forward to a huge cheeseburger from Season’s on the sidewalk. I’ll admit missing the rum drinks from Deon’s, rest-aurant in peace.

Also closing tomorrow night — but just for the season — is Giordano’s restaurant, reopening May 23, 2013 for the 83rd year. G’s will be serving pizza Thursdays to Sunday starting next week until Columbus Day, which is early this year (Oct. 8).

The second annual Martha’s Vineyard Fashion Week (much of which is in Oak Bluffs) starts Monday, Sept. 17 . The opening gala party and fashion show starts at 7 p.m. at Dreamland and includes music and cocktails The Sand Bar and Grille hosts a Summer’s Not Over Yet fashion show on Wednesday at 7 p.m. This year Fashion Week features theme-related movies at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society’s new theater in Vineyard Haven on Tuesday and Friday. Thursday will feature a trunk show and another movie for a complete week of fashion-related activity. There will be a closing party and fashion show at Dreamland on Saturday night. Tickets are available at Having had a great time last year, we plan to attend many of the expanded activities. The beneficiary of Martha’s Vineyard Fashion Week is Angel Flight NE, a collaboration of pilots, planes and airlines whose mission is flying patients and families to hospitals nationwide. Participating Oak Bluffs fashion retailers include B*tru, Basics, Laughing Bear, On Kennebec and Pik Nik.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year is Monday; Shana Tova (happy new year)!

If there was a prize awarded for the Most Calories, Rita Brown’s Martha’s Vineyard Gourmet Bakery’s Back Door Donuts should win this year, beating out such stalwarts as Mad Martha’s, Ben & Bill’s Emporium, the Good Ship Lollipop, Murdick’s, The Carousel, The Sweet Spot — and even the Clam Bar. Thanks and congratulations, Rita, for keeping us jogging and on the bike paths and at B Strong.

In an updated tally of the August 17 column, Oak Bluffs owns Sarson’s Island near Majors and Hidden Cove for a total of four islands, not just the three mentioned. In a recount of recreation and repose, Oak Bluffs has (at least) 40 parks, 15 ponds, a substantial trail system, a golf course and seven known cemeteries/graveyards.

Condolences to Narragansett avenue’s Bolling family, who lost Bruce Bolling Tuesday at age 67. Childhood friend Bruce was part of a political family whose many accomplishments included the fact that while he was serving on the Boston City Council, his father, Royal Sr., was a state senator, and his brother, Royal Jr., was a state representative. Bruce was Boston City Council’s first black president.

Hats off to Oak Bluffs’ Caleb D. Nicholson and crew for Tuesday’s derby rescue of a couple of New Bedford chuckleheads adrift absent lifejackets after sinking a 20-foot boat miles offshore.

The Gazette reported that the Steamship Authority is starting an online store to sell SSA merchandise later this fall. I wonder if they will only take credit cards — and not debit cards — like their ticket-ordering website.

Keep your foot on a rock.