I know that our summer visitors are probably not happy with the rain at the beginning of the week, but we are in great need of it. I know we had more than our share in the spring, but with the heat and wind everything is dry. But we know the sun will appear again and we will all be happy.

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. Big balloons go out to Georgia DeRoche who celebrated her day July 24; Brendon Pires, July 25; Diego Valentim, July, 27; and to Ryan Lauriano, who celebrates his day Friday July 28.

A bunch of us went all the way up-Island on Saturday to the Blueberry Festival at the West Tisbury Congregational Church. Seeing that I usually work on Saturdays this was a treat and it was very good and very well organized. There were church volunteers keeping everyone flowing and tables clean. I only wish I was off for the Peach Festival in August.

Of course I got in Ellen’s car and she said I hope you know we are not going home. I had suspected that when we went up-Island. We went to the Bite in Menemsha. Dessert first, dinner second — isn’t that every child’s dream. After ordering and sitting at the tables waiting, another group sat next to us. They asked questions, after finding out that we lived here. One question was how long the Bite had been there and I can remember going up with my parents in the middle seventies and the lines down the street waiting to order.

For parents of young children looking for something to do on Saturday mornings in August, Friends of Sengekontacket sponsors Saturdays on Senge, each Saturday in August from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The organization conducts a nature excursion on the pond led by a Felix Neck wildlife naturalist. Topics in the past have included mollusks, birds, and shells. Children ages 4 and up are encouraged to attend with the only requirement that a parent is with them. There is no charge for the excursion. If interested, plan to be at Little Bridge in Oak Bluffs at 9:30 a.m.

Thirteen year-old Isabelle Murphy, an eighth grader at the Edgartown School, is Annie in the Island Theatre Workshop’s production at the PAC from July 28 till August 6, for eight performances. Isabelle has played in Beauty and the Beast and the Wizard of Oz and school shows. Three members of the Thornton family are involved — fourth grader Wyatt and third grader Penelope as orphans, and Miles, as student house manager.

Chris Bueller appeared in Once Upon a Mattress long ago and 21 years later he is Drake, the butler in Annie, and his son Griffin joins him as an orphan. Griffin attends the Charter School. Sebastian Corwin is stage manager and also taking the part of Perkins in his fourth production since moving to the Island and joining the ITW board.

Stephanie Burke, one half of the Boylan Sisters and a member of the chorus, staff and Hooverville, is a past president of ITW and board member with extensive credits. Gwen Mead of the chorus, staff and Hooverville numbers is also wardrobe mistress, seamstress, and board jack of all trades. Kevin Ryan is the fearless mastermind and implementer of ITW’s forays into big time theatre at the PAC. As artistic director and president, he has put on The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, The King and I, and Beauty and the Beast. Here comes Annie.

Remember, it is almost change-over weekend and there will be lots of changes in traffic, people and whatever. So take care when out there among the traffic and crowds.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.

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