Wequobsque Road is a fairly quiet little lane off State Road, dotted with a mixture of homes, some clad in weathered shingles and others crisp with new construction. Some have simple manicured yards but one in particular, situated at number eighteen, is full of whimsey. Jay Lagemann invites us all to his Wild Island Sculpture Garden party this Sunday, August 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. You’ve likely seen his sculptures around the Island, but on this particular occasion Jay invites us to wander or even dance through the many sculptures installed throughout the family compound. It should be a magical opportunity to bump into old friends and make new ones while celebrating Jay’s 44 years of creating.

Mary and Perry Ambulos are back from a Vermont adventure which took them to Simon Pierce, Quechee Gorge and a summer evening with Natalie Merchant. As Natalie put it while lead vocalist for 10,000 Maniacs, these are days you’ll remember.

Tim Carroll and Genc Brinja are back from nearly a weeklong getaway spent on Fire Island, N.Y. They hit the reset button and enjoyed relaxation, a change of scenery and quite an adventure, in the company of their pup Miki. Upon their return they almost immediately took their places on the Elizabeth F and adventured Vineyard Sound. Longtime friend Sarah (Levy) Langner and husband Eugene and boys Sam and Josh joined them for some fun.

The Langner family is only a few days in to their 16 days of R&R at the Prospect Hill home of world famous grandfather Bernie Levy. On the to-do list are hours on the family boat, Levity, adventuring in Menemsha Pond and sitting spells on Squid Row, quite possibly with an ice cream in hand. Josh, however, might mix it up with a bag of Fruit Gushers as the accidental order of a box has quite possibly become the highlight of the summer at the Texaco.

It’s rarely quiet at the Doyle/Stearns home. There’s always eager anticipation and shuffling of gear for horse show travel for Ava or lacrosse tournaments for Graham, and life is a revolving door for parents and children. This past weekend was noteworthy, though still not quiet. According to Sarah, all three of her kids were home. Eldest son Jeffrey, along with his bride Ashley, traveled from their Boston area home for a little fun, frolic and family time.

Amy Cody and John Furst’s family has arrived at their Pondmark home. Son Arlo and daughter in law Jess are here from San Francisco and their friends Zak and Marissa are joining for the weekend to try to cross the finish line of the Chilmark Road Race first.  Daughter Madeline, son in law Alex and baby August are here for a respite between moving from Baltimore to California. August was only one month old last summer for his first visit. At thirteen months, he’s now ready for the Flying Horses, catching crabs and minnows at Menemsha Beach and his first taste of Galley soft serve and Chilmark Chocolates.

Folks are still marveling over the fifth annual Meet the Fleet event held last week. Commercial fishermen made the trip from down Island to join many of the Menemsha fleet alongside historic eastern-rigged dragger Roann to talk fishing, heritage, the future and more with each other and interested visitors. Highlights were the USCGs helicopter rescue demonstration, Sam Hopkins sea scallops and the shucking competition, Matt Merry’s ability to spontaneously MC shucking and net mending, Roberta Morgan putting on a beautiful display of Captain Jim’s carvings and more, the CPDs strong presence and ability to keep traffic issues to a minimum, Julie Flanders for donating use of her field for a well-used off site parking lot and, although many more thank yous and pats on the back are due, I’ll simply remind you to know where your seafood comes from and support local.

It’s now time to turn our attention to the upcoming Agricultural Fair. What are folks entering this year?

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