We met a charming gentleman and his wife from Barton area - former farmers turned real-estate developers, there with members of their church for a special occasion of some sort. There were young people, casual and stylish; older folks accompanied by their sons, daughters and grands; single couples; the usual boisterous group gathered at the outdoor bar; and waitstaff rushing with huge trays of food dodging the big umbrellas that offered a little shade from the sun. There were strings of fairy lights overhead, but we left before they were turned on. I imagine it's lovely out there a little later in the evening, too, but it also can get very damp and cold by the water - as Joe's Ponders know!
We also met a woman from Massachusetts who was traveling through to Quebec City with her sister. They were in Newport for the first time and finding it a very interesting stopover. They had not been this far north before.
I'm watching a big robin perched on the edge of my percipitation tube out on the back lawn. They perch there, listening for movement in the ground beneath and then swoop down to retrieve a bug or worm. They are feeding their young now, so are very busy.
It's beginning to rain now, so the worms will be closer to the surface and easier to find.
Sailors, don't forget that the first Sunfish Race is this Sunday - tomorrow - at 1 o'clock. Get in touch with Joe and Pam Hebert if you have questions. We'll hope the weather cooperates!