We enjoyed a very nice Labor Day weekend — the unofficial end of the summer season. Cookouts and outdoor activities, including the beach, were the order of the day. Traffic was considerably lighter and parking spaces were not hard to find if you went into town. Business at the Dumptique was brisk as a fair amount of people were dropping off items they enjoyed over the summer but no longer needed and signs advertising yard and garage sales were numerous. It was a perfect opportunity to clean up the yard and perform other outdoor chores. Most college students have returned to their respective colleges and are settling in. Activity around the school has increased dramatically as teachers returned to work preparing for the opening of school on Monday morning. School buses will soon be on the road so be prepared to stop when you see red flashing lights at the top of the busses as the driver is about to put out the stop sign. Lifeguards are no longer stationed at Lambert’s Cove beach; stickers and parking lot attendants are also gone until next summer.

A sure sign of fall is the start of the 67th Annual Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby next Sunday. Joyce Bowker, director of the Council on Aging, reports that the “fresh fish schedule” at Howes House will be on Thursdays all during the derby. Please call 508-693-2896 after 10 a.m. that day and the staff will know the amount of fish that will be distributed to the senior citizens in the up-Island towns.

At least 200 people, Islanders and guests from Oklahoma and other parts of the country gathered under a blue/gray sky at Harris Farm in Chilmark for the wedding of Emily Hall and Whitney Brush last Saturday afternoon. It was a festive occasion, perhaps sparked by the bride as she exhibited a lot of excitement and joy. There were several toasts to the couple. Her dad, Malcolm, gave a swell speech congratulating the bride and groom and wishing them the best. Everyone danced to the music of Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish. The “girls” from Oklahoma City, close friends of the bride’s mother Judy, attended. Nikki Pratt, Patti Hatley, Eve Replogle, Hure Wilson and Kinki Boots and had a wonderful time, as I might add, so did everybody else. Tomorrow in Oklahoma City they will hold a large reception for the newly married couple.

Sarah Koch reports that they had a wonderful dinner party with Chris McIsaac and his wife Tracy and their kids. Their daughters have become great friends and it was good that they got the chance to visit with each other, and their moms, Betsy and Connie, got to spend time together too! She reports that they had a wonderful time visiting her mom and all of them headed home on Sunday.

Jeff Smith and his wife Nancy of Washington, D.C,, have been visiting Allen and Lynne Whiting of State Road. They have gone down to the pond for a few more days before returning to Washington. Jeff and his parents spent many summers at their camp on the Great Pond. Jeff was known to throw many a beach party.

The Plakins sisters, Ava and Naomi, are at their Middle Road estate enjoying a Labor Day respite. They are busy planning more improvements to the house for next year.

Steve Maxner will be offering free guitar lessons. The class will be for 10 consecutive weeks and is limited to six adults. Instruments provided! Beth Kramer, library director, reports that there are only two spots left in the class beginning the third Monday in September, on the 16th. Applications are available at the library.

Richard Paradise reports that the 8th annual film festival is underway. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Center (MVFC), which opened at the start of last year’s event, is just a year old. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience what was voted “Best of the Vineyard for Movie Theatre, Film Festival or Series” by the Martha’s Vineyard Magazine. They also will be screening films digitally at the Capawock Theatre on Main street (celebrating its own birthday — 100 years old this year), and the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Spring street in Vineyard Haven. The festival ends on Sunday.

The living local event at the Agricultural Hall has been set for the weekend of Oct. 5. The harvest festival will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and promises to be an all-day fun event. The highlight for many is the community potluck supper from 6 to 11 p.m. Bring a dish for six, place settings, beverages — you know the drill. Music will be provided by the Flying Elbows.

History note: On July 15, 1947, James A. Austin, of Scarsdale, N.Y., for many years a summer visitor in Lambert’s Cove, purchased property on Paul’s Point consisting of more than 26 acres and 2,000 feet of shore frontage on Vineyard Sound from the heirs of C.F. Morse. Also included in the transfer was the bungalow on the point, which Mr. Austin planned to modernize and enlarge to use as a summer home. Paul’s Point is one of the most prominent projections into Vineyard Sound lying between Lambert’s Cove and Cedar Tree Neck. The name derives from Old Paul, an Indian convert from Christiantown, who died in the 17th century. Happy birthday to Sig Van Rann, Mark Kiley, Laura Marshall, Melissa Hackney and Cherl Larsen today, Barbara Hull, Nancy Cramer, Ismael Calixto and Iwan Tol tomorrow, Dan Larkosh, Elizabeth Pickett Gray, Harry Athearn, Pat Mc Mahon and Brian Hairston on Sunday, Ben Sweet, Joanne Rice, Susan Bowen and Owen Jones on Monday, Dan Larsen, Craig Stewart, Scott Campbell Jim Branch and Peter Clark on Tuesday, Bob Holt, Ann Evasick, Maria McFarland, Ryan Rossi and Paul Schneider on Wednesday and to Sofia Van Raan, Emily Lou Hall, Lauren Beford, Tim Barnett and Deborah Shipkin on Thursday.

Anniversary greetings to Dan and Candace Widmer and Pierce and Bernice Kirby on Tuesday, and Danny and Cheryl Metell on Wednesday. Belated birthday wishes to Mary Lu Hough. Belated wedding anniversary greetings to Matthew and Stacy Hayden, Claire Harrington and Ed Mossy, and Molly and Ryan Hooper.

Well that is all of the social news for this week’s edition. If you have any news, please call or email me. Have a great week.