Well the weather last weekend was mixed. Excellent summerlike day on Saturday and mostly rain showers on Sunday. Lots of folks worked outdoors and held backyard barbecues. Wednesday is Flag Day. Linda Alley, also known as the jelly queen, reports that the farmers’ market will begin their 43rd summer season tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. at the Grange Hall. Don’t forget the town picnic at the Agricultural Hall tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m. I want to thank Charlie Kernick, aka the assistant postmaster general, for pinch hitting at the post office on Thursday.

Ed and Jane Konicki, of Webster, and his brother and wife arrived on Monday and are staying at their daughter Lynn’s condo. Ed reports that they are having a swell time visiting old friends.

Sig Van Raan reports that after a number of April and May trips back and forth to get the yard and garden ready, he and his wife Susan Dickler made it official when they brought their cats, Frieda and Diego, with them last week. The Memorial Day weekend was filled with social events, including an extended family birthday party at Menemsha Beach and then another birthday party with friends in Chilmark. His daughter Sofia came from New York city on the Seastreak with her friend Angela. They attended the annual spring summit conference in Menemsha regarding tree trimming and expanded water views and despite the rain he was able to mow knee-high grass as well as get the garden planted. He opined that it is great to be back home with friends and family.

Our daughter Nicole and her two older boys came down to visit and meet up with the Rosenthal girls, Brin and Blake and meet Brin’s husband, Tom Weber and Blake’s significant other, Ray. Their mother Abby drove up from Pennsylvania for the weekend to be with them. She left on Sunday and took Nicole and family with her to the Palmer Street parking lot to get their car.

Ewell Hopkins reports that Satuarday at 9 a.m. the MV Democrats will meet at the Howes House.

Heidi Schultz reports that the Vineyard Sinfonietta is having a free concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Howes House. The title is From Bach to Beatles and will feature other famous composers’ works and last about an hour.

Stickers for Lambert’s Cove Beach go on sale on Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to noon in the shed at the West Tisbury School. Stickers are $50 and a walkon pass is $10. Bring proof of residency or your lease. Basketball and swim lessons begin July 11. For further information call the park department at 508-696-0147.

Marian Irving reports that if it is mid-June, it is strawberry time in West Tisbury. The 29th annual West Tisbury church strawberry festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on June 24. This annual fundraising event benefits the historic church which also serves as a community home for several non-profit Island organizations. Mark this event on your calendar today.

Tom Dresser will give two book talks about his latest book, Hidden History of Martha’s Vineyard. They will be on Tuesday at Howes House from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and on Saturday at the library at 3:30 p.m.

Happy birthday to: Jodi Belair, Elise Fisher, Josh Gothard, and Woollcott Smith Friday Anh Ho, Trevor Marzbanian, Milo D’Antonio and Susan Safford Saturday; Minor Knight, Joan Mancuso, Cyrus Breeze and Stephen Socha on Sunday; Kib Bramhall, Elaine Weintraub, Leslie Fairbairn, Debbie Athearn, Martha Stackpole, and Mike Black on Monday; Dick Philibosian of Auburn, Anita Botti, Charlotte McGoldrick, and Les Leland on Tuesday; Bea Amaral, Elaine Pace, Sandra Hakala, Timothy Sweet, Linda Bassett-Benoit, Leslie Gray, and Bill Haynes on Wednesday; and Joyce Currier, Cynthia Riggs, Jonathan Eldridge, Jackson VanRaan and Fred Barron on Thursday. Anniversary greetings to Ed Levine and Vicki Bijur who will celebrate their special day on Thursday. Well that is all of the social news for this week’s column. Congratulations to the graduating class at the regional high school. If you have any news please call or e-mail me. Have a great week.

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