Conrad. He was a man with a set of personality traits that qualified him to be defined as a character. He was not only a family man but a conversationalist, a scholar, a poet, an oceanographer, a fisherman, an intellectual and someone you felt would be a lifelong friend after a few short hours in his presence. Please join Conrad Neumann’s family at a graveside gathering at noon on July 21 at Abel’s Hill Cemetery, with light refreshments to follow at the community center. Bring your stories and your memories and your desire to chat, reflect and laugh about someone who truly was the finest kind.

Of course the Fair is still over a month away but many, including Debby Athearn, are looking forward to the Uke Jam being planned for this year. On August 15 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. bring your ukelele or a borrowed one — apparently most Island libraries have them, who knew? — to learn a few chords and play some well-known songs. The jam is open to all. Track down Debby if you have questions.

Recent Bard College grad and youngest offspring of Jennifer and Scott, Stella Frank, paid a visit to her family home. It’s always nice to have a few moments to catch up with members of the young adult crowd.

Save the date for the MV Fishermen’s Preservation Trust Meet the Fleet. The fifth annual event will be August 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. on the commercial dock. As in years past, the historic fishing vessel Roann will visit, and you will be able to chat with the commercial fishermen who help get local seafood to your dinner table. If you’d like to be represented as a proud sponsor of this year’s event, please reach out to Elissa Turnbull to purchase a banner. She can be reached at or (508) 687-0344.

Once again, the Mayhew family ventured out on Skillie and returned to the dock loaded with fish. This trip produced harpooned tuna and skillie. The brother and sister team of Matt and Maggie were both successful in the pulpit. Be sure to ask Anne to see her proud mom pictures.

Longtime Stonewall summer resident and former Menemsha summer day camp coordinator Bob Haskell was remembered at a memorial service in his hometown of Rowayton, Conn. on June 24. Bob, who descended from generations of ship captains, was not only a proud family man but a storyteller, entrepreneur, builder, captain and lover of the sea. He will be dearly missed by many, including his wife Carol and their three children, Lauren, Robert and Susan and their families.

Echo, with Captain Marshal David at the helm, spent a few days in Menemsha Harbor this past week, along with a fair number of family members. Robert Allcock and his family, who were part of this conglomerate, is always good for a coffee, a Klondike bar and a chat on Squid Row. The weather held out for their visit and we warded off the no-see-ums with some lemongrass.

Delivered by water by parents Lucas and Tricia, 12-year-old Tracy Murphy is in town visiting with his grandmother Susan Murphy. You might spot him frolicking with Susan’s pup Hamish or palling around with lifelong friend Emily Boyd, daughter of Mary and Jonathan.

Cybele McCormick and her staff at the Menemsha Deli have extended their hours a bit and are incorporating a few new items into a new early dinnertime menu. From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. you can order up tasty tacos filled with fish, steak, shrimp and more. Dazzle your tastebuds as you take in the glow of sunset.

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