After watching what is happening in Texas, we can be thankful that all we got from Hurricane Harvey was a rainy and windy Sunday. So now as I write this all eyes are on Irma. But until we learn what is happening with her we can enjoy the sun and fall like weather we are having.


Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. It is the beginning of a new school year and I need to get the birthday list from the school. Last year it was a few weeks, any bets on how long it will take this year?

This past weekend the buzz was that Taylor Swift was in a wedding being held at the Whaling Church. I mention this because it was a typical Island buzz as in any small town. I had a friend say to me that he knew something but couldn’t say a word about it. So he told me about her being here and in a wedding and it was all hush hush.

Come Saturday I was scanning social media and low and behold there is a picture of Church street with about 100 people lining the street trying to get a peek of Miss Swift. However, the bodyguards were covering the area so you could not see. I called my friend and informed him that the secret was out and I did not do it.

The Edgartown sixth grade class just came back from their week on the Shenandoah. Word has it from two young ladies that were on the ship that it was awesome. They of course had to weather the storm by pulling into port in New Bedford where they went to the Whaling Museum. But all in all they enjoyed their time on board and it was well worth all the fundraising they did to go on the trip. The Edgartown Library book group, moderated by Jean Stone, begins another season of good reading and lively discussions — always on the third Wednesday of every month. Remember that this group is open to all, and that our library staff can help you get a copy to read.

Up for discussion on Sept. 20 is The Enduring Shore by Paul Schneider. Reviewing the book in The New York Times, Paul Theroux wrote: “For anyone who wishes to know how the Cape and Islands came to be, Schneider’s book is the best place to start. And his helpful bibliography and suggestions will take the reader the rest of the way.”

Ecologist Robert Culbert will lead a lucky group of birders on an afternoon excursion (approximately 2.5 hours) beginning at Lighthouse Beach in Edgartown to Eel Pond. Participants will meet at Lighthouse Beach.

This program for adults is free, but space is limited and registration required. Call the library at 508-627-4221 to sign up or for more information.

Kids are back to school this week. Keep an eye out for them on bikes or crossing the streets.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.

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