Some days I forget to water our gardens. Nature took care of that task last weekend, and I will not have to worry for quite a while. It is sweet to view the droplets on fresh blooms after a storm. We only hope the damage to our area was minimal in terms of roads and trees. Such is summer.

Activities are blossoming as well. This is our Tourist Time, and we locals enjoy the rewards. The Apostle Island Cruise Line is offering free rides for locals on Saturday, June 23. There are no reservations this year. Tickets are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Do check the schedule.

We joined our friends, Jeff and Jeannie Miller, for the last coconut shrimp dinner of the season at The Pier last Wednesday. Not only is that shrimp yummy, but we ate outside and got to see other friends as they strolled by. Terri Adams and I had coffee outside Fat Radish after swimming, and there was an overflow crowd doing the same. She wishes to propose an idea for a new Big Top Show, so we brainstormed on the subject of local foods and local talents. There is an abundance. Soon Bayfield will open two new coffee shops which are sorely needed.

The Bailey’s Big Trip is close at hand. Friends have shared their Iceland experiences and offered good advice. (“You do not need to pay $28 to swim with Americans in the Blue Lagoon.” They suggested another site.) Relatives in Sweden and Finland are responding with plans. We even took our CavaPoo, Oliver, for an overnight trial at Muddy Paws Pet Care. He is quite attached to us, as most Cavalier King Charles dogs are bred to be, so we worried a tad about his adjustment. Wendy Olby owns the placed and is both compassionate and responsible. She gave Oliver an A+ for his overnight. He reportedly made friends with all pets, even her chickens. Thus, he has a wonderful place to stay when we are gone.

Our good friend Wendy Young had recommended Muddy Paws. She is busy with great plans for the White Winter Winery Makers’ Faire. This will be held in Iron River on Saturday, June 30, from noon to 5 pm. The event will feature numerous artists, farmers, and craft people in Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas counties. The owner of white Winter Winery, Jon Hamilton, wishes for celebrate the work of local talent, not only in crafts but in growing herbs, raising animals, restoring wooden boats, etc. The attendees will receive a Walking Map of Iron River where there are many shoppes and specialties one may not have discovered. This will be a special day.

In Bayfield, the Concerts by the Lake will begin on June 19 at 7 p.m. near the Gazebo and continue throughout the summer. In case of rain (appropriate after this last weekend), the concert will be held in the Madeline Island Ferry Building. The CORE “Let’s Do Lunch” on Friday, June 28, will focus on delicious picnic food. These social gatherings take place at Bethesda Lutheran Church from 11:30-1 p.m. They are forever fun. Reservations are required, so call (715) 779-3457 if you are interested.

Washburn announced that HarborView now has a Patio open from 4-8 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays. As its name implies, it is a grand spot for a drink, light snacks and a gorgeous view. Ashland has its Chequamegon Theatre performance of “Savannah Sipping Society” running June 21-24. Call Moore’s Army Navy Store for details and tickets (715 682-5444).

I am writing on Father’s Day morn and would like to wish all you Fathers a special day. We honor your role and appreciate your guidance.

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