As I sit here tonight typing this column, I can feel the air changing — no muggys and the clothes are not sticking. What a great feeling.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Auguste Pizzano, who celebrated his day July 27; Zachary Patnaude, July 28; Michael O’Brien, July 29; Coleman Hughes July 31; and to Cassidy Kelleher, who celebrated her day August 1.

I can’t believe that it is August already. Illumination is coming, the fair and the fireworks. This is always such a busy month and a fast one, but then it is fall and nobody can believe summer is almost over. The Federated Church annual house tour will be held in Edgartown on Tuesday, August 13 beginning at 1 p.m. at St. Andrew’s parish house with a talk by historian Mary Jane Carpenter about the five houses, followed by the tour from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tea, lemonade and cookies will be available under the tent at 60 Fuller street. Tickets will be available the day of the tour in front of St. Andrew’s parish house or at each of the houses — 35 and 71 Planting Field Way, 108 Pease’s Point Way and 7 and 60 Fuller street. Look for the balloons. Cost is $35 per person.

The Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival is this weekend and, for the first time, will be on two days and at two locations. On Saturday, August 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the festival will be at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown. Distinguished authors from across the country will discuss topical issues including the future of journalism at 4 p.m. (with Mark Leibovich from The New York Times Magazine; David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal; and Kevin Cullen from the Boston Globe; the event is moderated by Jane Seagrave of the Vineyard Gazette). Happily Ever After: Weddings & Marriage in Fiction is at 1:30 p.m. (with Indira Ganesan, Maggie Shipstead and Courtney Sullivan, moderated by Kitty Pilgrim). At 11:45 a.m., George Howe Colt, whose previous book, The Big House, was the “one book, one Island” selection a few years back, discusses Brothers, examining how his brothers shaped who he is, and looking at famous brothers in history. At 2 p.m., Linda Greenlaw, who has fascinated us with tales of her life as the country’s only female swordfish boat captain, talks about her book Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother, on the challenges of parenting a troubled teenager.

A Featherstone art show titled Nine Artists — Thirteen Years, is opening on August 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. Four of the nine are Edgartown artists Claire Chalfoun, Nancy Furino, Jean Staples and Lyn Hinds. The nine women meet about every six weeks and critique their work and talk about art while sharing a meal. The show runs from August 4 through 21.

Amy Bates returns to Chicago to begin her student teaching in third grade at the city’s Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center. While on-Island, she visited with her Edgartown School teachers and esteemed mentors Ann Hollister, Cindy Smith, Debra Yapp, Cindy (Marcella) Douglas, and of course her mom, Ellie Bates. All wish her the very best and are thrilled she has chosen to follow them in this honorable profession.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.