As you read this, the travel team is back in business. That’s right, Patriots football season is nearly upon us, and we will be staking out our tailgating spot and checking out any changes that may have occurred at Patriots Place during the offseason as the Pats take on the New Orleans Saints (my other favorite team) in a preseason rumble. So consider this a warning: you can expect some football talk over the next few months.

Carol and Jack Kane of Edgartown and Rockaway, N.J., had a two-week visit from son, Robert, and daughter-in-law, Celeste, along with their children, Ben and Matt. The family made the trip from Wyckoff, N.J., to enjoy some M.V. fun. Ben was lucky to work with Eric Jensen, shortstop with the Sharks baseball team, while Matt attended an Edgartown Museum project. All had a great time and were blessed with excellent weather with which to enjoy their favorite passion: the beach.

The Condlins have had a busy week of celebrations. Let’s see if I can get it all straight: Paul celebrated his birthday August 7, followed on August 8 by mother-in-law, Bobbie Donovan’s birthday. August 8 is also Paul and Linda’s daughter, Alicia Nicholson’s wedding anniversary as well as son-in-law Andy’s birthday (that would be Alicia’s hubby). Happy everything, guys! How’d I do?

Children In The Arts of Martha’s Vineyard will present a ballet production of “The Little Mermaid” on Sunday, August 12, at 6:30 pm at the Martha’s Vineyard High School Performing Arts Center. Martha’s Vineyard School of Ballet students, including Edgartown’s own Evelyn Brewer, Hannah Murphy, Piper Oskan, Sarah Pertile, Shealyn Smith, and Tatum Thomas, will perform along with the professional Atlantic Coast Ballet, the same company who brings us The Nutcracker each Christmas. Tickets may be purchased at ticketsmv.com.

To celebrate the performance of “The Little Mermaid,” there will be a Princess Pony Party the day before on Saturday, August 11, from 5 to 7 pm at Pond View Farm, featuring Edgartown pony riders Grace Klein, Larsen Klein, amd Kazandra Aldeborgh. The party will offer pony rides, face painting, beaded ponytails, pony games, hot dogs, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, and more, as well as special guest appearances of characters from The Little Mermaid. For further info, call 508-939-0074.

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is holding its annual meeting highlighted by the 2012 Martha’s Vineyard Medal award ceremony. This year’s recipients are the Athearn Family, presented to Jim and Debbie Athearn, who will be introduced by Tom Dunlop and Alison Shaw, Geraldine Brooks and Tony Horwitz introduced by Sheldon Hackney, and Hugh Knipmeyer introduced by Warren Hollinshead.

The Museum’s annual meeting precedes the Martha’s Vineyard Medal ceremony and will be held on Monday, August 13, at 5 pm at the Federated Church, 45 South Summer Street, Edgartown. There will be a reception to follow in the Pease House Galleries back at the Museum around the corner. The event is open to all Museum members and the general public.

The Martha’s Vineyard Democratic Council members are excited to host the two Democratic candidates for the 9th Congressional seat on Saturday, August 11, from 9 to 10:30 am at the Howes House in West Tisbury, across the street from Alley’s General Store. The primary election is on Thursday, September 6, and this will be the only time Vineyard residents have a chance to hear from and talk with our current representative, Bill Keating, and his challenger, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter. Both men will talk about their accomplishments and their priorities for Congress in the next two years. The event is open to the public, and all interested Vineyard residents and visitors are invited to attend. For further info, contact info@mvdems.org.

Happy birthday to professional “massarge” enthusiast, Amelia Ball, who celebrates August 10. A sunny barstool on O.B. Harbor goes to T.R. Fullin, who celebrates August 13, and a juicy beach read goes to Lisa Sherman, who celebrates August 15.