Last Sunday morning a very beautiful woman was on her run around West Chop when she stopped to inquire about the flock of turkeys in my yard. We began talking about the turks, and I invited her for a cup of coffee on the deck. What a great, new friend I have!

Heather Hijaz is from Lebanon, came to the States when she was nineteen, and ended up in Syracuse of all places. She attended cosmetology school there, then moved with her family to a dizzying number of places: Boston, Richmond, and now North Carolina where she operates her own salon. She thought she would try the Vineyard this summer. Heather is working at SeaSpa in Edgartown until mid-September. We discussed children, Lebanon, Italy, yoga — you name it, we covered it. Welcome to the ‘hood, Heather.

It was a busy weekend. My friend Liz Duff was here. Unfortunately, we talked on the phone but did not meet up. We were supposed to attend the Tisbury Firefighters annual car show at the high school, but rain and winds cancelled it until this weekend. My friend Seth Gambino will have some of his vintage cars available. I’ll see you there.

Paul Howes arrived safely Sunday night at our friend Jim Hart’s home. Paul brought his friend Joan from upstate New York. The Lenny’s Loop group is preparing for one of our famous cocktail parties.

Laurie Marotta, part of our circle, is having a great time operating her bed and breakfast, the Driftwood. She is very busy. If you or your friends need a place to stay call her or check out the Driftwood online.

Also in our neighborhood, Piper Murphy is suffering the pangs of sending her son, Hollis, off to college. I remember that pain very well. In my case, it was sending my son off to the Marine Corps. I cried for two days.

Marganna Roberts is expected from California next Tuesday. Marganna spent a week with us last summer. She grew up here and reconnected with many childhood friends last year. I am such a procrastinator: Marganna left a jacket here last year that I was supposed to mail to her. You guessed it. She has to return to pick it up.

Windsong Hadley and John Difrusco married last weekend at their bopping bar restaurant, Askew, in Providence. Windsong and her sister, Harmony, grew up on the Island. Their mom is the scintillating Laurie Thompson. I wish I could show you the beautiful dresses and great outfits the wedding guests wore. May the couple live happily ever after.

On Tuesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. our library will show a free documentary, Follow the Journey. The film tracks the route of the North American Right Whale.

Oh! The Mill House! I have lots to say about that wonderful home. It requires more words than I have space for today. I am not sure about the controversy of its demolition, but all my memories are of the amazing family of Bill and Getty Snow and their many happy years in that house.

The birthday bandwagon pulled along Laiza Cimeno, Cheyenne Cormier, Padraig Allen and Jasmine Wallace on August 27; Music Man Stephen Hart and Kimmy Jimmel shared August 28; August 29 is a party for Marketa Morgnerova, Jessica Marie Donahue and Tom Rancich; August 30 shines on two beautiful ladies, Amy Giammasi and Greta Kotova; August 31 honors Alex Roan and Tanita Masi, and on September 1, Shane Justice Little Eagle Vanderhoop True and Carlton Simonin take the cake. Many happy returns.

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