Whether you began the month at a concert amid the vines or by listening to the chirping of the morning birds, poet William Carlos Williams described this season best by saying, “In summer, the song sings itself.” Enjoy August with a song in your heart.
All eyes were on the wedding of Chelsea Clinton this past week. Well, almost all. Bob and Janet Mehan had their eyes on a more important event: the wedding of their son Rob to Adrianne Schultis. The ceremony took place in the bride’s hometown of Woodstock, N.Y., with a reception at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. Husband and wife are both teachers in NYC. May their lives together be as sunny as the day they were wed. Congratulations and best wishes.
I’m always teasing Jarret Palmer by saying that when he finally walks the red carpet I should be his guest, since I’ve been his personal publicist over the years. All kidding aside, I ran into Jarret’s mom, who shared with me that Jarret is living in Los Angeles and loving it. He’s on hiatus from working on the television show “Deadliest Catch” and is currently working behind the scenes in development. Jarret visited home recently and then was visited in California by his good friend, Chris Papadopoulos. I can’t wait to see where the future takes Jarret next. Good luck in pursuing your “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.”
Last week I congratulated Charlie and Janet Anderson on the birth of their two grandsons. I was so excited I reported that Scott Anderson was born in July when in actuality he was born June 2 and his cousin Jacob Anderson arrived July 6. Whether four days apart or a month, this is a family story that will be filled with many happy chapters. Best of everything!
Carolyn (Brannon) Kramkowski was among the music teachers who sang the national anthem at a recent St. Louis Cardinals home game against the Houston Astros. Carolyn, daughter of Dot and Steve Brannon and a 2000 MHS grad, teaches at Shaw Visual and Performing Arts in St. Louis, which was recognized by NAMM as one of 2010’s “Best Communities for Music Education.”
August kicks off with the following birthdays: Jon Bressler cuts his cake today, Aug. 5; Rita Murphy and Jaime MacDonald on the 7th; Darren Hinderliter and Eric VanDyne on the 8th; Amy Dries and Kristen Steele on the 9th; Connor Harrigan and Bev Wowak on the 10th; and Emma Chylinski on the 11th.
A very special first birthday wish to Kevin Collins, the happiest little boy I know! Kevin recently celebrated his special day (which is actually Aug. 11) surrounded by people who love him. His birthday cake was a replica of Eric Carle’s famous hungry caterpillar.
Happy anniversary toasts this week to Ray and Diane Radigan on the 8th and Kay and Mark Rolle on the 9th.
Mark your calendars for Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. so you don’t miss the opportunity to see local Long Island author August Franza at Mattituck-Laurel Library. Bev Wowak has books he has written that you may pick up in order to be prepared to discuss his writings.
The next book discussion at the library will be Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 4 p.m. The book is Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”