Well it sure has been hot and humid, more so than I can remember. With the fair in full swing it is hard to believe our summer season is fast becoming history. It seems that everyone is entertaining house guests plus going to the fair and of course the fireworks tonight. By next Wednesday, alas, the fair will be but a memory as most all the trucks, tents and carnival equipment will leave starting on Monday. This weekend and next week there will be a furious round of season-ending parties and summer guests.

It will be evident next weekend that the seasonal exodus will be well underway; long lines of people and cars leaving the Steamship Authority docks have been a daily occurrence since last Saturday. We are again reminded of the late Howard Andrew’s famous bumper sticker “Pray for September.” It is less than three weeks until Labor Day, the unofficial end of the summer season.

Warren Hollinshead, of Pond View Farm Road, reports that he and his wife Marilyn recently took a week-long trip recently to Yellowstone National Park with their daughter Anne’s family. They have returned home for an August full of visits from family and friends.

Bob Luskin, of Edgartown Road, reports that they had a full house last weekend: His wife Charlotte’s daughter Miranda is working at Alchemy, and her daughter Nathalie, who has been working in Charleston, flew up for the weekend, as did his son Cass from Lafayette, La. and his son Peter from Beirut. Of course the old family china was out for the special occasion.

Peter and Bob left on Wednesday for a conference in Copenhagen, Denmark where they will be the first father-son team to participate. Charlotte is going along to keep them in line.

Jean O’Reilly and her son Andrew arrived last month to celebrate her brother Arnie’s 60th birthday. Jean is staying with her sister Eleanor and her son is staying at the old farmhouse. Her husband Tim and daughter Molly were here for the first part of her visit. They have had excellent beach days and a memorable meal at the Outermost with a terrific sunset. She is helping Eleanor at the fair before returning to Dublin, Ohio on Monday. Andrew is looking forward to resuming his studies at Ohio State University.

Kendall Gifford Miller, his wife Carla, and their children Daniel and Carl, of Newark, Ohio vacationed at their home on Edgartown Road for the past two weeks. Kendall has a garden of daylilies and corn on his property and has been selling them in front of the old Gifford’s store. They returned home last Sunday.

Old friend Richard Doane passed away last Monday at 89. Our condolences to his brother Bob and sister Muriel.

Tara Whiting, town clerk, reports that the state primary will be held on Sept. 8. Absentee ballots are available at her office. The last day to register to vote in the primary is Friday To register online visit registertovotema.com.

Sheila M. Fane will be exhibiting her artwork in a one-person show at the Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown Saturday and next week. A reception will be held on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Happy birthday to: Joe Ulva and Jennifer Sepanara Friday; Bruce Marshard, Maureen Hall, Morgan Taylor Lucero, Debra Polucci, and Robert Francis Saturday; Amelia Kauffman, Susie Millett Boaas, Lynn Ditchfield, Jen Zern, and Tim Gregory on Sunday; Chelsea Pennebaker, Elizabeth Orcutt, and Jessica Francis on Monday; Judith Morse, Amy Upton, Mo Bresnahan, Bill Tsikitas, and Lindsay Webster on Tuesday. Michael Oliveira, Vaughn Russillo, George Eli, Mike Oliveria, and Caryn Broitman on Wednesday, and Sherm Goldstein, William Knight, TJ Hegarty, Scott Vanness, Pete Karman, and Kendall Chaves on Thursday. Belated birthday wishes to Colleen Morris and Joan Jenkinson.

Well that is all of the social news for this week’s edition. Our trivia question this week is 75 years old today. National League umpire Jocko Conlan ejected Pirates manager Frankie Frisch for coming out on the field holding an umbrella to protest the soggy playing conditions during the second game of a doubleheader at Ebbets Field. The rainy day argument was later portrayed in a painting by what famous artist?

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