Of course, the Boston Pops were fabulous. Carly Simon was sweet with Kate Taylor and her daughter Elizabeth Witham in their Wow. Leigh Ann Parente completed the Accenture Triathlon in Chicago, Ill., in only 4 hours and 4 minutes last Sunday. Leigh is the daughter of Anna Marie D'Addarie, Times calendar editor and knitter extraordinaire. Leigh lives in Philadelphia, Pa. She competes in these events to raise money for the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. So far she has raised more than $30,000 for leukemia research. Leigh has been raising money for the organization since her stepfather, Don Creighton, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2003. Don died last year. Many Islanders have generously sponsored Leigh in these events. I don't need to tell you how proud her mother is.
Lynne Benson says the Heath Hen Quilt Shop will participate in Quiltpink to join the fight against breast cancer by doing what we love to do - quilting. Select your fabric and make a 12-inch finished quilt block to be patched together with others on Sept. 21. All quilters are welcome. Finished quilts will be sent to the American Patchwork & Quilting magazine who will sell the quilts via online auction and donate the net proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Last week I promised more comments on some of my favorites at the Fair. Marion Burke had two quilts with ribbons at the Fair. I loved the one called Happy Trails, featuring Roy Rogers and the song he made famous. Fairgoers shared happy memories when they saw that quilt. The fabric pictured lots of horses. What you could not see was that on one side of the quilt Marion had written the names of all the horses she could remember from the 1950s westerns on television. The other side of the quilt listed all the horses' names she remembered from the old cowboy movies.
Marion's other quilt was a lovely wall hanging called Noshi, a variation on a pattern using ribbons of oriental fabrics beautifully appliquéd, appearing to be tied in a bow, with sashico quilting in a tortoise design. Noshi is a centuries-old traditional Japanese talisman for the New Year based on painted abalone, and the tortoise design represents wishes for 10,000 years of long life.
Did you hear The Blue Hill Brass Quintet? They come from Blue Hill, Maine. They rambled around the fair grounds playing wonderful music. While they played, some folks were dancing on the grass. When the music stopped, little ones came over to see the instruments and talk to the musicians. Perhaps the children sensed that four of these men are music teachers in schools in Maine. The fifth man is the principal trumpet in the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. For the fourth year, the strolling brass quintet played for several hours over two days at the Fair, to the delight of all around.
Louisa Gould invites you to a slide show of highlights from the Louis Vuitton '07 Cup images in Valencia, Spain, at her Gallery this Saturday from 6:30 to 8 pm. Refreshments will be served along with discussions of world-class sailing.
All are invited to a cookout at the Tisbury Senior Center on September 10 at 12 noon. I am telling you now because the $5 tickets must be purchased by noon on Sept. 7. Make checks to Friends of the Tisbury COA. Shirley's Hardware has donated a Weber grill for the hamburgers and hot dogs. Lunch includes potato salad, a green salad, cold drinks, and strawberry shortcake. Music will be provided by Tristan Israel. Also, senior artists must reserve a space by next week on Friday to show their work at the Art Show at the Center on Sept. 19. Are any of you doing woodwork or wood carving?
Jen Morgan wants you to know that the first annual MSPCA Walk for Animals will be at noon on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Edgartown School. Registration forms can be picked up at the MSPCA (508 627-8662).
Happy birthday tomorrow to Jessica Dolliver. Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Sunday to Edwin Gould. Wish the best on Monday to Island artist Maggie Masek (Pepp) and Marguerite Clark. Melissa Gold parties on Wednesday.
Heard on Main Street: "Remember: The second mouse gets the cheese."