Chilmark is enjoying the arrival of many of our seasonal friends and neighbors. The lights are going on all over town! So far we have greeted Andy and Ellen Jacknain of Washington, D.C., and Larsen Lane; Bob and Emma Shalhope of Norman, Okla., and D.H.’s Hill; John Jacobs of Littleton, Colo., and Marjory Phillips of Lexington, Va. There are many others and we send greetings to all.

Congratulations to Haley Rossi who graduated from Boston College magna cum laude with a degree in applied psychology and human development. Her parents, Bill and Stephanie Rossi, and her brother, Joseph, and Tim Parker all attended the ceremonies. Cheers from us all!

Cheers to Stephanie Bouchard who married Nathan Neipris on May 25 at the Chilmark Church. Her parents, Marsha and Roland Mason, were in attendance as were the groom’s parents, Michael and Joanne Neipris. Stephanie’s sister, Ashley Waters, was the maid of honor and the groom’s son Dillon was the best man. The couple lives in nearby Massachusetts. The bride grew up in Chilmark and is part of the extended Larsen family of Menemsha. Best wishes from us all!

Happy birthday to Jen Wool of Blue Barque on South Road who will enjoy an up-Island celebration of a significant birthday.  Cheers from us all!

The word is out that Mermaid Farm on Middle Road is selling beautiful strawberries grown on site. I hope there are some left when I get there.

Marjory Phillips is at her Larsen Lane home and enjoyed a brief visit with her son, Chip, and grandson Chase, who drove her car up from Lexington, Va., for her convenience this summer. Chase is celebrating his recent graduation with a master’s degree from Villanova. His field of endeavor is psychology. Both hope to return again before the summer is over.

Welcome back to Billy Hancock who will divide her time between family and friends in Chilmark and Oak Bluffs until her return to her Florida home in October.

And I have an interesting bit of news, which is interesting in that it is the reverse of most happenings in Chilmark. A new owner of a small house that overlooked the inner harbor in Menemsha has torn the house down and will use the space vacated for a couple of parking places.

Summer hours have come to the Chilmark library effective now — Monday, Tuesday and Saturday the hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Thursday hours are 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Friday hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Chilmark library Wednesday program at 5 p.m. will be a discussion by the authors of a new book, Martha’s Vineyard in World War II. The authors are Tom Dresser, Herb Foster and Jay Schofield, all local writers who have done much research on the subject. All are welcome to attend the program at no charge.

Also at the library, Marilyn Miller will display her photographs for the month of June with the opening reception on June 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. Her exhibition is entitled A Sense of Place and can be viewed during regular library hours through July 3.

Robert and Marjory Potts, West Tisbury residents and filmmakers, are inviting us all to see their film, You May Call Her Madam, about the life and successes of a remarkable woman of the 20th century, Frances Perkins. Some of the film was shot in the old Lambert’s Cove Inn with the actress Frances Sternhagen playing the lead. The screening will be on June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center.

We send best wishes for a speedy recovery to Ralph Sherman who has recently been hospitalized.

I call your attention to a new website of interest: It might be handy for ordering pizza, among other things.

The Yard is launching the new season’s programs with the Bessie Schonberg Mentorship Residency program on June 13 at 8 p.m. and June 14 at 6:30 p.m. This will be at the Yard’s Patricia Nanon Theatre at 1 Middle Road. Please call 508-645-9662 or go to for information, tickets and memberships. It is 42 years since Pat Nanon founded the Yard. David R. White is the artistic and executive director.

Please send me your news . . . we all enjoy keeping track of each other’s happy events.