We have rain. I know some don’t want it, but the ground is so dry it is a welcome to farmers and the animals who depend on ponds and greens for survival. So for now let’s be happy we have some rain.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Zachary Patnaude, who celebrated on July 28; Michael O’Brien, July 29; Jonathan Chivers and Jared Livingston, July 31, and to Cassidy Kelleher, who celebrated her day August 1.

Special wishes go out to Jane Barbini, who celebrated her day August 1.

Barbara Magnuson Phillips was the guest of honor at a surprise birthday party to celebrate a milestone birthday. There were many friends and classmates who attended the party at the P.A. club. Barbara and a few of her close friends and classmates have been making this milestone birthday a year to remember. They all have had destination parties. Some have been in Cancun, the Bahamas, and a couple in Florida, and so on. Here is a big “Happy Birthday” to all of those ladies who have been good friends since high school.

I saw Ethel Chapman the other day. She is the proud grandmother of Justin Chapman, who graduated last year from Mass. General as a doctor in physical therapy. He is now practicing in Framingham.

Justin is the son of Jeff and Ruth Chapman, and they, too, are very proud. Congratulations, Justin.

Since Nene has been here we have done a lot of things we have not done in years. We went to the Feast, we walked around Oak Bluffs and we went to the Vineyard Sound 20-year reunion show on Saturday night. What a great concert it was. Seventy of the 108 members and alumni were here for the concert. There also were many on hand in the audience to help with the celebration.

Of course, during the concert the rain started, with the thunder and lightning, and as the concert went on, the rain came down harder and harder. When the concert was over, there were many wet people running to their cars. Of course, ours was at the bottom of Circuit avenue.

The 22nd annual Rotary pancake breakfast is happening Sunday, August 5, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., at The Anchors, across from Memorial Wharf in Edgartown.

All you can eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, orange jucie and coffee for just $8 for adults and $4 for kids. It’s a great deal at a great location to benefit great Island organizations.

Just a few of the groups that benefit from our funds: The Della Hardman Essay Contest, the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club and Windemere.

Well, it is August, so now we have to look forward to Illumination, the fair and the fireworks. It doesn’t seem possible that the summer is coming down to the four-week mark. So enjoy yourselves and be safe.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.