Chilmark is saddened at the passing of several well-known and much-respected citizens. We send condolences to the many friends and family of Mary Ann Hoxie, who died on Sept. 18 and was laid to rest at the Abel’s Hill cemetery next to her husband, Russell Hoxie. The family lived in Chilmark for many years, and they were much-loved neighbors and friends to all. She will be missed by her extended family and many friends.

Vibeke Simonsen, known to us as Vibs, died on Sept. 10 at age 95. She was a seasonal resident of Chilmark for years, and leaves behind family and many friends. We will miss her visits and her cheerful spirit. We send condolences to all who knew her.

Michael A. Renahan of Tabor House Road died on Sept. 28. It is always sad when a productive life is cut short by illness. Mike led a busy life devoted to family and community service, and he served on many Chilmark boards and committees. He was a man of principle and of his word. I always felt confident when I knew that Mike was serving on a committee that was faced with decisions. I hope his legacy of community service will inspire us all to follow his example. We will all miss Mike and his steady manner, and will remember his common sense approach to life. We send condolences to his large family and many friends.

The Martha’s Vineyard Animal Shelter’s Walk for Animals is tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tradewinds Park in Oak Bluffs. It is a fun event and an important fundraiser for the shelter. If you have questions, call Pat Adler at 508-696-5901 or Duncan Ross at 508-693-0541.

This week the children of Talbot and Claire Rantoul gathered for an annual family reunion at the house built by their parents almost 50 years ago on Middle Road. Diana Harrison, Beebo Turman and Neal Rantoul enjoyed the visit and assessed the new roof, necessary after all those years. The family also boasts five granddaughters: Brennor Turman Ritch, Natasha Harrison, D’Arcy Harrison, Maru Rantoul and Laurel Rantoul. Several of them visited Chilmark through the summer months. They all enjoyed renewing their Chilmark friendships.

John Jacobs of Colorado and Chilmark is at his Menemsha house for a final seasonal visit.

The Native Earth Teaching Farm is hosting a Popcorn Festival on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Popcorn will be available for eating and feeding the animals. Some fiber arts will be on display, and it will be a farm visit for all. There is no charge and all are welcome.

I am happy to tell you that Ted Meinelt of South Road is home from his recent hospital visit and welcoming visits from his friends.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will host the first of the fall and winter cultural luncheons. The meeting will be on Saturday, Oct. 20 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Grill on Main in Edgartown. David R. White, executive and artistic director of The Yard, will be the speaker. For reservations, please call Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society will hold its annual Thanksgiving concert on Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.

Chilmark is closing down its summer scene this weekend. Call ahead if you can to determine who is still open and who has closed after the Monday holiday. It was all great, but now time to enjoy the quiet and the fall colors. Every season brings its joy!

Please remember to alert me of any activities that we all need to hear about and any family news you wish to share. Along with the quiet season comes a hard-to-find news season for me!