August is here. I am wondering what it might have in store for us. Yes, the Fair, fireworks, Illumination and all that good stuff are on the agenda. But what about Mother Nature? I am wondering what she has to offer up. The last week of July managed to wash my driveway down the hill to the neighbors' house and eat away at the asphalt shingles on the Texaco.
On August 5 th at 5 pm, TargetCancer, a nationally recognized cancer research foundation and Beetlebung Farm join together to bring an inspirational evening of music and food from the farm to raise critical funds for rare cancer research. The evening, known as Sowing Seeds, will feature fresh produce from Beetlebung Farm including Vineyard sourced meats and fish prepared by chef Chris Fischer and desserts by Cakes by Liz. The David Wax Museum will be headlining the festival with their high-energy indie-folk music. Sounds like an event to mark on your calendar for a cause that has touched many of us.
Lukas Frank, the middle child of Scott and Jennifer, is touring this summer with Kitten, his L.A.-based band. This past weekend the band made it pretty darn close to Martha's Vineyard. They played at TT the Bears in Cambridge. I would have loved to have made the trip up to see Lukas, a former Texaco employee, in his drumming glory, but the trip north just wasn't in the cards.
What I did enjoy this weekend was a visit from my mom, Diana Lees. She drove up from Washington, D.C. by herself following that big rainstorm almost the whole way. She made it safe and sound and had some much-deserved time to catch up with her grandkids.
Tory (Shanok), Will, Katie, Emma, and Will Dolan of Hingham are in town for a bit visiting with Tory's folks, Susan and Bill Shanok, at their Middle Road home. Young Will is recovering from a bout of pneumonia so well wishes are beaming his way. Katie just celebrated a birthday with swimming, flowers, cake, and ice cream. It doesn't get much better.
Who knew that Sheila Hughes was such a wonderful artist? Sheila, along with husband Art (who we all know from Cottles), often share the company of Paul and Beth Mayhew on Squid Row. Sheila painted a beautiful picture of Brooks and his friend Bella Thorpe rowing in the creek. I am truly honored to have it on display in my home.
Albert Fischer strolled into the Texaco the other day with his niece, Alysse Fischer. It was a pleasure to meet Doug's daughter and take a few moments to talk squid.
Today is a birthday for at least two people in town. Happiest of days to Matt Poole and to, good golly, fourteen-year-old Maggie Nixon. Where does the time go?
As part of the Author Lecture Series, Jennifer Egan, the Pulitzer-winning author of "A Visit from the Goon Squad," will speak at the Chilmark Community Center tonight, Thursday, August 2. at 7:30 pm. Get your tickets at TicketsMV.com, the CCC, or Bunch of Grapes.
Monday, August 6, at 8 pm, Chilmark will hold a special town meeting at the Community Center. The primary topic of discussion is the proposal for replacing docks in Menemsha. As many of you know, I have written letters to the editors of both of our Island papers and feel very passionately about adhering to the Chilmark Master Plan. The proposal has been to replace the solid wood transient dock with concrete floats. I feel strongly that this will dramatically change the character of the place that we have struggled so hard to maintain. I am but one voice, but feel I strongly that we should rebuild/replace with a solid wood structure. I will not preach, but I will share my thoughts if you want to ask me. I simply urge you all to consider the consequences of making such a dramatic change before you attend Monday night.s meeting. Walk the dock before you attend. Isn't is fabulous? Isn't is charming? Now picture it concrete.