Chappy’s star of the stage, Jared Livingston, is playing the part of John Darling in the Island Theater Workshops’ production of Peter Pan. He bravely sings and dances in front of a huge crowd of theatre patrons. He very convincingly portrays a young man surprised at discovering that he can fly. All three of the Darling children and Peter Pan swoop about the stage suspended from barely visible wires. It is a thrill to behold. Jared even had me believing that he was fast asleep during the shadow retrieval scene. While backstage, Chappy’s frontier plumber Jeff Enos, aka the Plumber of Last Resort, worked behind the scenes pulling on the wires that made Peter Pan and the Darling children fly. Evening performances continue through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a finale matinee Sunday at 3 p.m.

Rumor has it that a person waded clear across the mouth of the Wasque opening a few days ago. If so, that indicates that the opening is clogging up with sand at an accelerated rate. Since I’m a mere gossip columnist rather than an investigative reporter, I will leave it at that.

I also heard a rumor that the Chappy ferry was shutdown last Saturday for 45 minutes while the president kayaked in the harbor. I was in New York State at that time, so I’ll just have to assume that it’s fact. Though I doubt that it actually occurred, I would certainly recommend it as a fun activity for the commander in chief of the world’s largest Navy. Perhaps my entire ferry staff was sworn to secrecy and I’ll never be able to learn the whole truth. Thank goodness Liz let it slip out.

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Though you may feel that summer is essentially over, there is still plenty of activity at the Chappy Community Center. Check the website and bulletin boards. Many of the weekly programs continue into September. The CCC will host the musicians of Peg House at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 23. All proceeds will go to the 25th Anniversary Matching Fund.

A discussion of Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s debut novel The Language of Flowers will be lead by Susan Phinney on Monday, August 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. I read the review and wish I had time to read this tale of a young woman who helps herself and others come to terms with life’s troubles through the symbolism of the flowers she chooses for them.

The internationally renowned Yard Dance Colony will perform here on Wednesday, August 27, at 6:30 p.m. With autumn only a month away, it’s time to start signing up to host the potluck dinners. The first one is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17. I don’t have to tell of the great honor associated with being the first host of the season. Call Lynn at 508-627-8222 to sign up.

Public service announcement: to the Chappaquiddicker who journeyed all the way up-Island to Menemsha and made a purchase at the Chilmark Ship Chandlery on Wednesday, August 6, with a credit card ending in 0249, please call Everett Poole at 508-645-2212. You have a credit coming to you!

The folks at Slip Away Farm are planning their second Twilight at Slip Away on Tuesday, August 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited. Please RSVP to 508-627-7465 or and spend a delightful evening of with drinks, farm foods and tours. As a member of the CSA, I can tell you that the farm’s produce is fabulous. The farm stand is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Remember the little piglets that arrived earlier this summer? They weighed 250 pounds when they were recently treated to a trip off-Island on the big ferry. They have since returned very neatly packaged and labeled. But before they left, they took it upon themselves to have an abbreviated tour of the farm. They found an escape route out of their pen and headed for the highway. What followed was the usual chaos of herding pigs. Lily says that once they were turned around, they calmly and rather anticlimactically walked happily right back into their pen.

During the many hours that Lily Walter spends in the fields, she has plenty of time to think up farm jokes. What do you call it when a cow stops giving milk? Udder exhaustion. What do you call it when a second cow stops giving milk? ‘Nudder exhaustion.

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