The past few days since tropical storm Dorian swept through the Island have been absolutely spectacular. The heat and humidity of summer has dissipated, but we are still enjoying warm September light and still evenings, perfect for early fall beach days, fishing trips, bike adventures and last-of-the-season barbecues.

The high winds and rain from the storm moved out rapidly on Saturday afternoon. There were a few branches down here and there, but for the most part the storm left Chappy unscathed. Because of the unusually high tide, the Chappy point beach was swept completely clean of its seaweed and shells, with only white sand remaining. Shortly after the storm, a number of jellyfish arrived, perhaps brought in by the storm’s currents.

It was a big weekend for weddings on-Island. All the couples must have felt blessed as the storm moved out revealing blue skies and a stunning pink sunset. There was a rumor spreading around Chappy Friday morning that the large wedding tents set up on the Edgartown harbor were going to need to be removed because of town restrictions during high winds. It was a 400-guest wedding, so Chappaquiddickers were wondering where an event of that size could relocate to with such short notice. The ice rink? The Ag Hall? But despite the rumors, the tents remained standing and luckily held on throughout the storm.

In the Slip Away Farm field, the direction the wind took during the storm is apparent in the slant of the sunflowers and zinnias, but little else was affected. I was thankful that the winds were accompanied with plenty of rain. In years past, a strong wind storm without rain has left salt on the fields, killing plants prematurely. I can remember one August storm a number of years ago that killed all the leaves on the trees (in addition to crops), making the Island look like fall while it was still high summer. We still have plenty of food and flowers coming out of the field, so please be sure to visit our roadside stand daily or the main farm stand Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Columbus Day weekend.

The Chappy Book Club will be discussing the memoir Educated by Tara Westover at their upcoming meeting on Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the CCC. Ms. Westover was raised by survivalist parents in rural Idaho and did not receive an education until she was 17 and decided to seek it out for herself. All are welcome to join in on the discussion.

Sidney Morris is organizing a People for the Planet event on Friday, Sept. 20. It is a flash mob bike ride from Wasque to Chappy Point starting at 4 p.m. Sidney says: “We’re hoping to be joined by as many bikers, electric bikers and electric vehicles as we can pry out of the Chappy bushes on our way down to the Point.”

All ages and fitness levels welcome.

Be sure to join the Community Center for the first potluck of the fall season on Wednesday, Sept. 18th. They will then resume every first and third Wednesday of the month.

And it is not too late to enjoy on-Chappy yoga — Friday morning classes will continue until Sept. 27.