Give yourself a little extra time when making plans for this coming Sunday morning. You will be sharing the main road with the participants of the first annual five-mile Chappaquiddick road race. The name of the race is Chappy Point to Point. Registration was closed weeks ago when the 150-runner cap was quickly attained. Apparently lots of folks want to join in on this unique event.

The Chappaquiddick Community Center is sponsoring the second annual Chappy Art Show on July 26 from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Reserve a space for your artwork by emailing or calling 508-627-8222. Space is limited, don’t delay.

The Chappaquiddick Music Festival has three fabulous concerts planned for this summer, each starting at 7:30 p.m.

On July 12 they will host the Parker Quartet, a Grammy-winning ensemble planning a program of Beethoven and Szymanowski.

On July 27 the accordionist, pianist, and composer Sam Reider, along with a collective of classical, bluegrass and jazz musicians dubbed the Human Hands will offer a program of Bach, Bartok, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky interwoven with Reider’s original compositions and improvisations.

Finally, on August 3 the Manhattan Chamber Players will return to Chappy. Their pairing of two violins, a viola and two cellos will play works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Boccherini and Glazunov that tells the story of the evolution of the cello as a chamber music instrument.

You can volunteer to host a musician or musician couple in your home for the night before the concert and the night of the concert. They are also seeking sponsors to help the CCC ensure that this program is ongoing.

The July and August Chappaquiddick Island Association meetings will take place on July 6 and August 3. Socializing and coffee will begin at 8 a.m. The meeting will come to order at 9:00 a.m.

This past Saturday we witnessed some wild weather. At around 4 p.m. towering thunderheads passed over the Island, turning the sky black. The precipitation at the leading edge was hail about the size of raisins. That lasted a few minutes and then a downpour accompanied by lightning commenced. A 3-inch-high drift along the deck edge of the ferry remained for more than half an hour. The ferry boats shut down for perhaps 15 minutes while the crews took refuge. Getting struck by lightning is not a viable option.

Then around 8 p.m. a front came through that brought wind gusts of 44 mph. Again there was lightning right overhead. Rain came down in buckets. Not a good time to be on the water, so the ferries tied up for 10 minutes while thunder echoed across the harbor.

Remember that Chappy ferry service is abbreviated on the Fourth of July during the parade, and again during the fireworks. Because the parade route blocks access to and from the Chappy ferry, beginning at 4:15 p.m. the ferry stops carrying vehicles. Once the parade gets over, all of the folks who came over from Chappy head down Daggett street. It takes the ferry at least twelve trips to get them all across. Once the street is clear of pedestrians, the ferry will start carrying vehicles again.

The ferry stops running altogether once the fireworks start, around 9 p.m. The show lasts about 25 minutes, and then once again all of the folks who came over from town line up to go back. It might take us eight trips to get them all home before we start carrying cars again.

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