JANE N. SLATER

508-645-3378

(slaterjn@comcast.net)

Chilmark prepares to welcome our first family this week for a 10-day vacation. I must confess to a flush of pride knowing that the leader of the free world chooses to vacation with his family in Chilmark. Their visit will cause us some inconvenience, however we will try to make sure that we share some of the Chilmark magic we enjoy.

The August weather has been friendly so far. Our roadsides are tidy and mowed and the growth is lush. Sunsets have been spectacular and so have the viewing crowds. The harbor is full of beautiful boats and a good number of fishing boats. Many happy memories being made to take home for lots of folks.

Surely the event of the up-Island social scene was the Poole’s Fish Market Reunion held last Sunday at Mickey Stone’s North Tisbury home. The gathering brought together the hardy group of workers that made Poole’s the place to work and shop in its day! The many pictures that circulated indicate that Capt. Poole enjoyed himself immensely.

The Book Festival held at the community center last Sunday drew a large crowd and many authors enjoyed the attention of their fans.

Dan Burnstein and Arne deKeijzer, Chilmark seasonal residents, have completed their sixth book in the Secrets series. The books are readers’ guides to the fiction of Dan Brown. His most recent book is called Inferno. It will be released as an e-book at the end of August and in paperback in September. The deKeijzers, Arne and Helen, are enjoying a visit to their Larsen Lane home.

The Chilmark Historical Commissionwill host a talk by Adam Moore of Sheriffs Meadow Foundation on August 14 at the library at 5 p.m. He will tell us about the restoration underway on the Mayhew-Mitchell-Hancock house at Quansoo. It is one of the oldest houses on the Island and tells us much about life in early Chilmark. Adam will lead a tour of the house the following morning. Admission is free.

The deadline for entering the Elisa Brickner Annual Poetry Contest for young people in grades 6 through 12 is August 12 at 5 p.m. Please call Kristin Maloney at the Chilmark Library, 508-645-3360, for details. The ongoing contest has produced some remarkable works and enjoys the continuing support of the Brickner family and the community.

Bill and Julie Coleman of Chilmark and Chapel Hill are enjoying a visit with their daughter Chandra and her husband Lawrence Pena and their children Lucas and Ella, here from Miami. The Coleman’s nephew, Phil Hurst and his family also are visiting from California. The Hursts are frequent visitors to Chilmark. Bill and Julie are enjoying their 32nd Chilmark summer.

Congratulations to Tom Rivers as he turns 88 on August 9. His family have gathered to wish him well. Diane, his daughter, and her son, James Anderson, have come from Sarasota and his grandson James Rivers is here. Also helping to celebrate is longtime close family friend Tommy Haynes and his family from Atlanta, Ga. Cheers from us all, Tom!

One hundred years ago this summer the Chilmark Library staff and volunteers cataloged their 1,905 books in the Dewey Decimal System required by the then Free Public Library Commission. It took two weeks to complete the job. Think of that when you select your choices electronically with your CLAMS card!