Leaving Stone Harbor, NJ to go to Chautauqua, NY for a week.

We have been hanging out with the twins, Tim & Cindy for the past 5 weeks – growing a vegetable garden, some boating, following their sailing races, a fabulous family Fourth celebration with the full house and catching some great sunsets and one superb full moon rise.

The Fourth of July gang, including the Colorado Roach and Drew Clayton and lady-friend, Alice.
The Fourth of July gang, including  Amy and Brock, the Colorado Roachs, Brooke and Harrison Fritz and Drew Clayton and lady-friend, Alice.
This orange one is the first bloom from the SeedBallz that we planted in early June
This orange one is the first bloom from the SeedBallz that we planted in early June
The twins & Cindy are going to have to do the harvests for 10 days. Make pickles out of those Cucumbers.
The twins and Cindy are going to have to do the harvests for 10 days. Make pickles out of those Cucumbers.
So many Cucumbers, we reverted to last year's strategy and went to the Bread and Butter Pickle recipe.
So many Cucumbers, we reverted to last year’s strategy and went to the Bread and Butter Pickle recipe.
We'll miss the sunsets from the dock of the bay. At Chautauqua we will have to bike down to Lake Drive to take a photo.
Here’s our best sunset afterglow from last week.
Here's that full moon rising out of the Atlantic Ocean.
Here’s that full moon rising out of the Atlantic Ocean.
Justin and Garrett in this gang, maneuvering for the start of an Optimist Pram regatta.  They are finishing steadily in the top 5 out of 45 boats this year.
Justin and Garrett in this gang, maneuvering for the start of an Optimist Pram regatta. They are finishing steadily in the top 5 out of 45 boats this year.

Tomorrow, the 8th of August, we fly to Erie, drive to Jamestown’s Wegman’s to stock up and get to 14 Gebbie Dr. on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution.  The Staffords from CO and the WyBerrys from Vermont will join us by day’s end.  We are here until the 15th.

The week’s theme (one of the nine weeks of the summer season) is “Redefining Europe”…certainly a topic that has been in the news.  And, also timely,  since we were the beneficiaries of the lowest dollar to Euro pricing in years just this past May for our Italy trip.

In addition, we have a dinner Sunday night with more Sanibel folks who are here for Week Seven as well.  And, Wednesday, we have invited the Scotts – Susan and Craig of Sanibel fame – to dinner…they were the ones who started us on our Chautauqua adventure 7 years ago.  Their invitation was one of the strangest and most powerful we have ever experienced.  “You come be our guests for a week in our condo…if you like it or not, we will never invite you back to our place.  If you like it, we want you to invite other folks and rent a place of your own to make sure that we can perpetuate this place.”

What a wonderful way to share the mystery of Chautauqua.  Thank you, Scotts.

Stairway to Scott's 2nd floor condo on Janes St.
Stairway to Scott’s 2nd floor condo on Janes St.

We will be back in a couple of days with further reports.  You can check the scene at Chautauqua at their site…www.ciweb.org.

The Chautauqua Hall of Philosophy is our afternoon venue each day - Monday thru Friday this coming week.
The Chautauqua Hall of Philosophy is our afternoon venue each day – Monday thru Friday this coming week.

Chautauqua Institution web site

chiproach

Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 10-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 53 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids. Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

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