Wow it’s hot! I’m watching the cucumber plants, not so long ago just a couple of leaves in a cheap plastic cell, climb the trellis and flower with vigor, and I can’t wait for a taste. There’s nothing quite like a ripe garden cucumber sliced up with a little salt and pepper. And the juicy tomatoes aren’t far behind.

I had a call from Ellen Chasen who was proud to announce the engagement of daughter Dana. I was so excited to hear this news, as the talented Dana acted as makeup artist for my own wedding. The lucky guy is Seth Thomases, and the two are currently residing in Jamaica Plain. They are planning to exchange “I do’s” in September 2011. I’m sure she will make a beautiful bride. Best wishes!

Herb Ward will share the story of his great-grandfather, Captain Levi Jackson, and the rescue of 14 people from the Mertie B. Crowley, which wrecked off Wasque on January 23, 1910, on Friday evening, July 23, from 7 to 8 pm. The talk will take place at the Parish House of the Federated Church. A suggested donation of $10 will go to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund, to help Island families in need. For more information, contact Herb Ward at 508-693-7683.

Eric and Brenda Perry have emailed to announce that son Stephen Perry graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. on June 18 with an associates degree in occupational studies in culinary arts. In addition to his parents, in attendance at the ceremony were brother Raymond and grandparents Alfred and Cookie Perry, also of Edgartown, as well as Sandra and Michael Wescott of Suring, Wis. Stephen has returned to the Island for the summer and will be cooking at the Outermost Inn in Aquinnah.

The eighth grade Class of 2011 is hosting the 21st annual Edgartown Garden Walking Tour and Tea on Wednesday, July 21 (raindate: Thursday, July 22), from 1 to 4 pm to benefit the class trip to Washington D.C. Tickets are $15 and can be bought from any eighth grader, or at the Ashley Inn, Saffron, or Edgartown Books. I so clearly remember this event from when I was in eighth grade, sitting in someone’s backyard on South Water Street talking about the juniper bushes. I’m so glad to see the tradition continues.

Happy 30th anniversary to John and Nancy Clarke who celebrated on July 19. Way to go, and here’s to 30 more.

Katie Clarke and Jon Ryan will be performing in “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” at the amphitheater in Vineyard Haven, along with many other Island actors, including Anna Yukevich and Jonah Lipsky. Opening night is July 15 and the play continues through August under the direction of MJ Munafo.

The Katama Association will host their Annual Meeting and Social Sunday, July 18 at The FARM Institute. The meeting will run from 9 to 10:30 am, followed by brunch until 12 noon. Members and guests are welcome. Katama residents interested in joining the Association are invited to come. For further info, contact Janet Michel at 508-627-9804.

Thank you, Team Edgartown, for sending me so much to report this week. Between my broken foot and now my dog’s broken leg, we’re beginning to sound a bit like a bad country song at my house, and I haven’t been getting out much. So thanks to all those who contacted me this week for picking up the slack. You guys really wrote this week’s column yourselves — call it Town Column Mad Libs.