Chilmark is enjoying several bright fall days that make everything look shiny. Our roadsides appear to have survived the busy summer, looking less dusty and worn than other years. Must have been the rains. Folks are still on the move and good weather has attracted visitors.

There are buildings going up and down in Menemsha. The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing for the rebuild project on the waterfront and, on Creek Hill, one of the old camps is coming down. It was the Whiting camp, now owned by others and being downed and, we assume, rebuilt. It is the house on the hill overlooking the basin with the views to die for. It is always a wretch to lose the old, but nothing lasts forever and we can learn to embrace change.

The Home Port restaurant continues to serve from Thursday through Sundays and the Beach Plum Inn restaurant is still open. Please call ahead for details.

Pizza nights resume at the Chilmark Community Church on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. All are welcome to the low-key family-style supper hour with games optional.

Best wishes to my fellow up-Island columnist who is back from multiple tests by multiple doctors at Boston hospitals and has been given good news. We can look forward to many more words from Aquinnah!

The children are back in school. Some students will sport the salty tans they earned while on the Alabama sail last week. It is a nice perk for Vineyard students each year as the Douglas family hosts the students’ trip.

Chilmark artist Wendy Weldon is part of the Featherstone Center for the Arts annual Open Studio Tour next week. She will welcome visitors to her studio at Squibnocket from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a self-guided tour and you can learn more about it at 508-693-1850 or go to the Featherstone website.

Geologist Patrick Williams will offer a lecture on the landscape changes on Martha’s Vineyard at the Chilmark Library on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 5 to 6 p.m. This program is sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum.

We are all invited to the Living Local Harvest Festival to be held at the West Tisbury Grange Hall on Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Please go to the website for more information.

The West Tisbury Library Foundation is presenting a program entitled 1968: American’s Loss of Innocence. Richard North Patterson will discuss his new book entitled Loss of Innocence. This fictional story has characters living on the Vineyard. Poet and journalist Laura Roosevelt will be offering insights also. The evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center in Vineyard Haven. Please check the West Tisbury Library for further details.

The Tisbury Travel Club is inviting anyone interested to join them on a day trip to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Nov. 1. Please call 508-696 4205 for cost and details.

Spencer Nitchie of Annapolis enjoyed a visit last week with his Vineyard family. He stayed at the family home in Quitsa and visited with his mother, Nancy, in Vineyard Haven. He and his brother Donald of Chilmark are co-producers of the long running publication, Banjo Magazine.

We send best wishes to the crew of the Bite restaurant on Basin Road as the Flynn family closed this week for the season in order to support their mother in her recovery.

Fishermen are everywhere . . . we hope the fish are, too! Come on up-Island, you down-Island residents, and see where all those ferry arrivals are heading!