Grateful for a few cool breezes in Aquinnah over the weekend with temperatures in the high 80s, which is unusual for around here.

The Monarch butterflies have been fluttering by and gathering around butterfly bushes in abundance.

There will be another Aquinnah Artisans Fair on Saturday July 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Aquinnah Town Hall. Lots of creativity in town for your shopping pleasure.

The 5th annual Meet the Fleet, sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Fisherman’s Preservation Trust, will be August 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. in Menemsha. Free and fun for the entire family, with music, boat tours, a Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration, a net mending competition, a shucking competition, fish prints and tours of environmental police and U.S. Coast Guard vessels. All to support the small boat owners and owner-operated fishing fleets and their sustainably harvested catch. Parking is at Tabor House Road lot or at the Captain Flanders house, with free shuttle down to the harbor.

Get well wishes to Steve Durkee as he recuperates from his recent surgery.

Isabelle Lumb, daughter of Jessica Shafer and Chip Lumb, is home for the summer after graduating from Boston College. Isabelle already has employment in her future with a move to Hoboken, N.J. in September.

Welcome home to my grandson Christopher Manning, son of Paul and Theresa, who has been a resident of California for the past year and a half following his discharge from the U.S. Navy after serving for five years. He is deciding on his next chapter while enjoying time with his sister Kayla, his brother Noah, and his niece Kylee.

Mark Mattson and Judith Lane graciously invite the community to share their tennis court at 421 State Road for pickle ball at any time during the day. There is parking adjacent to the court.

Sincerest condolences to the family, friends and former art students of Gene Baer who passed away at his Tisbury home. Mr. Baer was the first art teacher at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School but on weekends in the early 70s he was often performing with his band at the Ocean View. His creativity and that of his wife Jackie (Lair) extended to each of their children whose work is very much appreciated and flourishing.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of John Ketcham who passed away at his winter home in Elon, N.C. He was a long time summer resident of Aquinnah, enjoying his newly refurbished boat Majic.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mike Levitas, a summer neighbor for the past half century. Mike, Gloria and their sons, Danny and Tony, spent their summers at Pilots Landing where Mike enjoying a good game of tennis most days while Gloria interviewed members of the tribal community.

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Sir Brook Zern who passed away recently at his West Tisbury home. Brook was an aficionado of flamenco guitar, having studied the style and residing in Spain for a number of years. Brook and his bride Kirstin met in Menemsha in the 50s and their love story was beautiful. We enjoyed many dinner parties together. I had the opportunity to introduce them to Carlos Montoya Jr. and they had anticipated writing a book together, but Brooks health failed and it was never completed. Those memories will never be lost.

Belated happy birthday wishes to Chief David O. Norton who celebrated on July 18.

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