The Dog Days are traditionally cited as falling between July 3 and August 17th-18th. In the Southern and mid-Atlantic regions of the US it is a time of intense heat, high humidity, torrential downpours, and thunderstorms and windstorms. When I was young I thought this time was called the “Dog Days’ because so often dogs would be seen on the streets with their tongues hanging out and panting, as if struggling to breathe. I had friends who said, “No, it is because dogs get driven mad by the heat in this weather, and they go around biting and attacking you.” I did not grow up in a house that had a dog, so this made me a little wary and afraid of dogs for a good long while. I did not want to be seen as a potential meal for a canine.
I am thinking about this now because for the first time in a really long time, I am spending all of the Dog Days at home in Philadelphia. August 8th is my wedding anniversary, and right after our wedding, 39 years ago, Penny and I headed north on a wonderful camping honeymoon to Maine and to Nova Scotia. And just about every year since then we spent the Dog Days of August in the Northlands, usually camping, in NY State, New England, and Canada. We got to see wondrous places and wondrous sites; heron and egret roosts in the evenings as the birds returned; the Perseid meteor showers, visible tonight and tomorrow, which are absolutely phenomenal when seen away from city lights and by a lakeside or a lighthouse. Watching sunrises and/or sunsets from a small mountain can be literally breathtaking. Those were times when we were able to truly have a vacation: to “vacate”-leave our regular lives behind. Special times, indeed.
Last year I did not go camping, but I did go up to Kingston, Ontario, where Penny and I went for over 20 years. I got to see the Perseids one night at Kingston’s Confederation Park, right where the Rideau Canal meets Lake Ontario. It was a bright, clear night, and meteors were streaking across the sky every few minutes. It was special: magical.
IMPORTANT CITIZEN STUFF: please take note
CENSUS 2020: The census will be ending September 30, a month earlier than previously scheduled. This is important; if you have not done your census yet, please do it now! The census is hugely important. The information it contains helps the Federal government decide on things such as voting districts, grants for Federal aid, transportation and highway funds, and a hell of a lot more. It is one of the ways our tax dollars get to come back to us in our own areas, and as COVID makes abundantly clear, we need our tax dollars put to work for us. It is essential that as accurate a count as possible is taken, particularly when the the door to door census is on hold. Our online completions are even more important now than ever before. Please go to the website: https://2020census.gov/en.html And check to make sure friends, family members, and co workers have completed the process.
THE TWO JOHNS ARE BACK!
Roadhouse Blues Concert, Sunday, August 16th- 4PM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt5Zf51bDZk&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3Jjfue8jqQVTGebnOVeO8KlwO7jPcN6bEIDamtrLfNwDwGwQkfchmG4Zk
This is a live streaming concert featuring acoustic blues guitarist and singer Johnny Never, harp player John Colgan-Davis, and bassist Dave Young doing a wonderful mix of Piedmont, Delta, and other blues styles. And maybe even a little early jazz and rock and roll. No fee, but tips are definitely appreciated: https://johnnynever.com/tip-jars/3826
COSMIC CAFÉ:1 Boathouse Row; Philadelphia, PA; Sat.August 29
Johnny Never and John Colgan-Davis will be playing acoustic blues in a live concert on Saturday, August 29 at the Cosmic Café, a wonderful little outdoor café at 1 Boathouse Row behind the Art Museum. Sets are from 3PM-6PM. Masks are required and tables are separated. Great food and beverages. No cover, but tips are appreciated:
THE DUKES ARE ON HIATUS!
The recent upticks in local COVID infections means that the Dukes are going to lay low until December at the earliest. Hopefully treatments and/or a COVID vaccine can be developed, tested and distributed by then, but we are not doing any live gigs for now. It is simply too risky. We want to thank all of our fans and friends-playing for you is an absolute joy and the reason we do what we do. We are looking forward to a time when we can safely do it live again. Stay safe, be careful and be well.
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