The weekend was hot and humid and lawn mowers could be heard buzzing most everywhere in town. The weather was perfect for outside chores. After church many people had an opportunity to go to the beach for the first time and Lambert’s Cove was pleasantly crowded. Many yard sales were held around town including a collection of saleable items at the head of driveways on Old County Road last weekend. On Monday, along with a good part of the country, we had a torrential rain storm. Charlie Kernick, Susan Block and Anna Alley report that their gardens are all planted and they welcomed the rainfall.

Linda Alley, homemade jelly queen of the Island, reports that the first farmers’ market of the year will be held tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. at the Grange Hall. Also, Andrea Rodgers reports that the artisans fair will be held on Sunday.

Ellen Weiss of Old County Road arrives tomorrow to spend the summer at her home. She is a retired professor of architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Lynne Whiting reports a roundup of her family news. The Davis House Gallery quietly opened on Memorial Day weekend. Throughout the month of June, it is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. During July and August it will be open Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m. (and always by appointment). The gallery features all new work, and paintings will rotate throughout the summer.

Their daughter Bea graduated from Mass. General Institute of Health Professionals on May 9 with her nursing degree and she’s now working at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in acute care.

Will, Bea, Everett, Prudy, Davis and friends harvested the first round of hay for the season last weekend. There will be more to come.

Lynne recently returned from a visit to Salt Lake City where she moved her mother, Mary Erickson, from independent to assisted living at Sunrise Holladay, where she’s been since 2008. She just missed her nephew Louis Franciose’s graduation with honors from Judge Memorial Catholic High School. He will be attending St. Anselm’s in New Hampshire this fall.

Linda Baughman of Philadelphia returned home yesterday after a visit with Phyllis Meras and caring for her livestock at her Music street home. Phyllis made a business trip to New York city and a side trip to Providence to visit Sal Laterra.

Dr. Bob Levine and his wife Barbara have returned to their South Pond Road home after spending the winter in their Sarasota, Fla., house. Bob reports that it is great to get back to the Vineyard.

Cynthia Riggs’s marriage to Howard Attebery recently at the First Congregational Church went nationwide Friday evening when CBS News broadcast interviews with the bride and groom about how they met, and played excerpts from their wedding ceremony.

Tara Whiting, town clerk, reports that she has absentee ballots on hand in her office for the special senate election, or you may vote in person up until the day before. The election will be held on June 25, and poll hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Public Safety Building. Also the Martha’s Vineyard Democrats met at Howes House last week to organize and participate in the Ed Markey campaign for U.S. senate. Please contact them for more campaign information at

Marsha Winsryg reports that on Saturday, June 15, Spindrift Marionettes will present a musical show with puppets of all sizes at the Tisbury Water Works. This is a fundraiser for the African Artists’ Community Development Project, which supports disabled children in Zambia For more information, can contact Marsha at 508 560 2620.

Ellen Reynolds reports that daughter Tara will have a launch party and book signing for Alphabet Zooup at the Agricultural Hall next Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Kendall Gifford Miller of Newark, Ohio, was here recently to open his Edgartown Road home for the season. He planted a garden of day lilies and some sweet corn. He plans to bring the entire family back for the Fourth of July.

The school is a beehive of activity as the year draws to a close. The eighth grade class departed for England last week as part of the student exchange program. They will return home on Monday. A scholastic book fair took place in the gym all week and there will be a number of field trips to various locations before the year ends. The graduation ceremony will be held at the Agricultural Hall on June 13 at 6 p.m.

Beach stickers will be available starting next Saturday and every day thereafter from 9 a.m. to noon at the tennis shed at the school near the courts on Old County Road. The hours on weekdays are 9 a.m. till noon, and weekends from 4 to 7 p.m. The Lambert’s Cove beach guards will commence their jobs on June 22. For more information call the park department in the town hall.

Mark this popular event on your calendar today: the First Congregational Church’s 25th annual Strawberry Festival will be held June 22 between noon and 4 p.m. I can remember Joe and Sally Kraetzer, members of the church who were instrumental in starting the event, walking around town wearing sandwich boards that were nearly as tall as they were advertising the event. For a couple of years, they rang old-fashioned school bells to attract attention while walking along. Since that time, the festival has become an Island-wide event. You can enjoy native berries on shortcake with whipped cream, berries with ice cream and berry smoothies! Tables will be set up on the lawn. Proceeds from this popular event provide funding for the continuing maintenance of the historic church and grounds.

Next Friday night at 7:30 p.m., the Merrimack Valley Bell Ringers will be back to perform in the church. They travel all around the Northeast and have been here several times.

Happy birthday to Hilby Mitchell, Andrea Hartman, Steve Berlucchi, Cheryl Grimes and Ryan Pesch today. Ben Bilzerian, John Powers, Susanna Sturgis and Melinda Brodsky celebrate tomorrow. Say happy birthday to Woollcott Smith, Shelia Shapiro, Elise Fisher, Katherine Walsh, Jodi Belair and Josh Gothard on Sunday. Susan Safford, Trevor Marzbanian, Anh Ho, Nathan Larsen, Susan Kennedy and Milo D’Antonio celebrate on Monday. Mary Lu Hough, Dick Pilibosian, Minor Knight, Joan Mancuso and Daniel Maiore have birthdays on Tuesday. Kib Bramhall, Leslie Fairbarn, Mike Black, Martha Stackpole and Jonah Lipsky celebrate on Wednesday. Brian Smith, Charlette McGoldrick, Anita Botti and Les Leland will have cake on Thursday. Belated birthday greetings to Beth McElhiney, Mary Jane Pease, Becky Baxter, Natalie Grewal and Simi Horwitz down in New York city. Belated anniversary greetings to a swell couple, Bob and Ernestine Kinnecom.

Well, that is all of the social news for this edition. If you have any news, please call or e-mail me. Congratulations to all of the high school seniors who will be graduating on Sunday. Have a great week.