Finally, a star party actually that went ahead, July 15th.  It was a bit last minute, but conditions were clear, a little breezy, but nevertheless observations were actually possible.  With skies still quite bright, the 10 day old moon was our first target. 

Jupiter was the first planet to appear, followed shortly by Mars and then Saturn.  Mars showed little detail, Jupiter appeared somewhat washed out in the brighter twilight, making ringed Saturn the best of the bunch.  People were delighted with all three, and the moon, so we were quite happy.  The following night’s scheduled event again fell victim to the cloud, c'est la vie.