We have had a great relief from the heat and humidity. Beautiful fall like days with a nice breeze and the air conditioners turned off and windows open. Awesome!

Happy birthday to all who celebrated their day this past week. It is that time of the year when we start to gamble to see how long it takes me to get the new school list of birthdays.

It is almost a tradition that Jan Norton calls or emails me to say “Hurray Hurray it is Labor Day” then proceeds to tell me how many cars are in standby in Vineyard Haven and Woods Hole. This has been going on for many years and each year the stand-bys are longer and longer, and makes me remember when I was a teenager that when Memorial Day came it was officially the beginning of summer and the Island was busy and when Labor Day came it was a grand exit except for the fishermen who were here for the Derby.

Now it is wedding season and the hotels and inns are busy with family and friends of the wedding party.Venues are busy setting up for the big day. This goes on until the end of October. Then it is the holidays and we will see a big change as people then close up their houses for the winter. Times have changed, not necessarily for the bad but things are different. I have a new neighbor Dana Vickey, who is a businesswoman who lives in the Boston area and travels a great deal with her job.

But she is here as much as she can be. She has also probably seen and done things here that I have not seen and done. So Sunday she asked if I would like to go to the jazz festival at the Union Chapel. I thought sure why not? On our way there I was thinking that I had never been in the Union Chapel and started thinking about how many more things I had not done. We arrived and stood in line with some interesting people who have also done a lot of traveling and were asking questions about things to do while they were here. We went in up to the balcony and I looked around the church thinking if these walls could talk there would be a lot of interesting stories.

The concert started and the opening jazz band and singer got us all primed for the main singer who was Maysa, a jazz singer who sang with Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Will Downing, Angela Bofill, Marlena Shaw, and more recently Ledisi and Chrisette Michele. She is also a three-time Grammy Nominee.

It was a great concert, one I would have never done if Dana had not offered it to me. Makes me wonder what next adventure we will go on that I have not experienced on our lovely Island.

Don’t forget school has started so keep an eye out for the crosswalks and kids on their bikes.

Have a great week and keep the home candles burning.

Edgartown town news can be sent to kathleencase@comcast.net.