There's plenty going on, so we'll get right to it.

A newly formed Cribbage Club meets on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Varney Community Building. New members are encouraged to join in the fun of a low key, minimum stress game. Don't know how to play? They assure me that there are many members willing to teach.

The Brooks Historical Society will hold an open house on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. Newly acquired items will be on display in the Menard Barn and Pilley Museum as well as many new albums donated to the society depicting stories, pictures, and newspaper articles of Brooks residents many years ago. The public is invited to visit, and, as always, refreshments on the porch.

Also on Sunday, Aug. 18, beginning at 3 p.m., a "High Tea" to benefit the Marsh River Theater will be held outdoors at the home of Nancy and Ray Quimby. Seating is limited, and tickets may be purchased at Ralph's Cafe. Nancy is the "Empress of Dahlias," and you've probably seen some of her gorgeous flowers on the tables at Ralph's. Don't miss this.

The class of 1963 from Morse Memorial High School will gather this year at the cottage of Marlene and Steve Wight on Randall Pond, Wednesday, Aug. 21, starting at 1 p.m.

The Boston Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society holds classes throughout greater New England. They welcome beginners and no partner is needed. Held at the American Legion Hall, 143 High St. in Belfast, year-round, Mondays 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Fellow Brooksians Kim Jacobs and Bob Klein are active members and you may have seen them perform at the recent Dancing with the Local Stars at the Marsh River Theater. Contact any of us for more information. Bob says you do not even need to be Scottish!

The Varney Ladies Fellowship members have begun working on their Basket Bingo projects. They will be hosting several events this fall and winter at the Varney. More information to follow.

This past weekend, we attended a unique event in Harmony, Maine. Siesta Sanctuary provides a forever home for displaced birds. They care for 75-plus parrots, most of them large size. Parrots have a very long life span, and a lot outlive their owners. This was well worth the trip to see (and hear) these beautiful creatures up close. They are having another open house in December.
They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation:

A Bit of Brooks History: Harvest Home Grange meeting Aug. 7, 1943, saw a comic skit performed by Leland A. Kenney who also sang a requested song, "San Antonio Rose," accompanied by Osborne Lamphier on violin and Gladys Johnson on piano (courtesy Brooks Historical Society).