Well we are back in the heat. We got some much-needed rain but I’m afraid we need a couple more of those days. I am always thankful that we live in a place where there is a nice breeze rather than a place full of stone buildings holding the heat. We are blessed.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Cassidy Kelleher and Nolan Murphy who celebrated their day August 1; Chamari Dockery, August 3; Paige Herrick and Zackary Ward, August 5; Branden Hammond August 9; Adeline Riley, Bryan Somas, August 10; Holden Craczykowski, William Pate and Deborah Silva August 14; Bethany Cardoza, August 17; and to Victor Valetim, who celebrated his day August 19.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the five close friends that worked together and partied together. Well, I forgot one lady and that was Brooke Raymond. I still can’t believe she is the one I left out as she is usually the one who sits behind me at trivia and she was the team captain for her team for Relay for Life.

Here we are at the week we all either look forward to or dread — Illumination was Wednesday, then the Ag Fair began on Thursday and the fireworks are tonight.

Then there are those who know it is time to return to their homes off-Island (the kids go back to school or are already in school) so they are busy packing and putting things away. Either way, I hope you all travel home safely.

Thomas Dresser’s talk at the old Edgartown Library will take place on Wednesday, August 26, at 7 p.m. The topic is his book, Martha’s Vineyard: A History. This is his second talk at the library this year.

What’s fascinating about this book is that it covers so much territory. From the early Wampanoag days through the whaling era, there’s something to be gleaned from the pages of this book. Early automobiles on the Vineyard, the demise of the heath hen and the rivalry between the Vineyard and Nantucket in football all play out. An added bonus is an auto tour of the Vineyard, so you can send your guests off for the day on their own!

This book talk is open to the public at no charge and books will be available for purchase. For more information visit thomasdresser.com or call 508 693-1050.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.

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