A well-known actor whom A-E will call Bill for the purposes of this column spent the day with recycling hauler Vaughan recently. Vaughan said the actor is “a terrific guy” who wears jeans and plaid shirts like the rest of us when he’s working outdoors.

Bill’s dad and Vaughan were friends for years so Bill asked if he could ride along for the day.

Immodest A-E shook the hand that shook the hand of the famous actor, by the way.

Timely advice from Classmate Richard

“With end-of-summer parties upon us, I’d like to share a personal experience with my friends about drinking and driving. As you may know, some people have been known to have brushes with authorities from time to time on the way home after a ‘social session’ with friends. Two days ago I was out for the evening with friends and had more than several beers followed by a couple of bottles of some rather smooth red wine.

“Although feeling jolly I still had the sense to know that I may be slightly over the limit.

“That's when I took a cab.

“Sure enough on the way home there was a police roadblock but since it was a cab they waved it past and I arrived home safely without incident.

“This was a real surprise, as I had never driven a cab before, I don't know where I got it and now that it's in my garage I don't know what to do with it.

Nautical stuff from Nova Scotia, Pat

Majestic sails of five tall ships graced the shores of Shelburne, Nova Scotia, A-E’s native heath, two days earlier this month. The ships awed locals and visitors alike as Town of Shelburne showcased all of their gems.

The Europa, Spirit of South Carolina, Fair Jeanne, Mist of Avalon and the HMCS Oriole “provided an amazing spectacle from their approach as many smaller Shelburne vessels greeted the fleet,” said Darren Shupe, manager of community and economic development for the town of Shelburne.

Opportunities to experience and participate in the maritime history of Shelburne included rowing with the longboats on the harbour, signing up for a kayak tour with Candlebox Kayaking and demonstrating children’s activities at the Shelburne County Museums.

Visitors were also able to learn about the area’s deep history of shipbuilding at the Mill building with local historians.

The man for whom A-E was named was managing director of Shelburne Shipbuilders Ltd., a shipyard that built mostly sailing vessels from the late 19th century until the middle of the 20th century. On the wall in A-E’s office are photos of two ships from the shipyard where his father was cabin boy on maiden voyages of those sailing vessels.

Next to those photos are a picture of A-E’s maternal grandfather and grandmother in front of the house where A-E’s dad was raised.

A new revenue source for farms: serving dinners

New England farms now serve dinners within view of the fields where the food was raised has sprouted into popular summer and fall events that run the gamut from multi-course dinners to weekly burger nights at farms across the country.

Farm feasts are popping up from California to Vermont and are part of the growing agri-tourism movement. Diners enjoy locally raised foods; farmers supplement their income. “It makes you appreciate farmers in a different way. And you can’t beat the food,” said Barbara O’Connell, of Ardsley, N. Y. who with her family recently attended a Vermont farm dinner for a second year in a row at Valley Dream Farm in Cambridge.

They were among the 60 people seated on hay bales around two long tables on the farm stand’s open-air porch on a clear hot evening. A neighbor’s cows chomped on grass across the road and an occasional truck passed by on the rural road pulling trailers of freshly cut hay.

Education reporter Al Bruce writes a weekly column for The Evening Tribune.