My aunt Carole was instrumental in making our little part of Cape Cod the magical place that it is. Though she’s no longer with us in body, we still celebrate her birthday together, on the Cape, on September 1st.

We kicked off the evening with Carole’s favorite drink, the Sea Breeze. For appetizers a raw bar with oysters and clams. For dinner, Shane made one of her favorites, Pasta alla Carbonara, and my mom and Cathy put together a lovely salad.

It was a sweet and bittersweet way to spend the last night of our vacation. Happy Birthday Carole.