Flea Market timed just right
Farrar Ross VFW Post is having a Flea Market and Yard Sale this Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost to rent a 6-foot table is $8 and an 8-foot table is $12. There will be food along with coffee and other beverages available as well as live music. Scott Whittier, Post Commander says the post hopes to make this an annual event timed to coincide with the change of seasons — something we used to call “fall cleaning time.” Proceeds from the event help support the post’s projects. The VFW hall is located on Razorville Road (Route 105 west) at the intersection of Vannah Road and there’s plenty of parking. To rent a table or get more information, call Scott at 390-5602 or Howard at 845-3042.
Masons serve up Lobster Stew Saturday
This Saturday the chefs of Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge are adding a really special item to their public supper cookery — Lobster Stew. A supper of homemade lobster stew with lots of lobster, butter, cream, hot biscuits, beverage and dessert will be served from 4:30 to 7: p.m. The cost is $10. And, there’ll be free hot dogs and rolls for children if they don’t prefer lobster. Mt. Olivet Lodge is at 48 Liberty Road (Route 220 just north of Washington village). For more information, call Vic at 845-3045.
Gearing up for Minnie Weaver auction
Last Saturday at the packed-house Grange supper, we had a chance to peruse the theme baskets that members of the Minnie Weaver Scholarship Committee have put together for the annual Minnie Weaver Silent Auction. Each of the large baskets is filled with items on a “theme” — such as baby supplies, kids’ stuff, arts and crafts, kitchen items, etc. — and displayed with a bid sheet for entering one’s bid amount and contact information. The bids will be collected Saturday, Sept. 28 and winners revealed at the Fire Department’s supper. All the baskets can be seen during the farmers market on Saturday mornings. Proceeds from the silent auction benefit the annual scholarship award in honor of Minnie Weaver, a longtime teacher and Washington resident.
Equinox Drum Ceremony
Sunday, Sept. 22 is the 2013 Autumn Equinox. Fall officially arrives in our corner of the world at 20:44 Universal Coordinated Time — 4:44 p.m. At the equinoxes and solstices, Gibbs Library graciously welcomes a drum ceremony for peace and healing. This Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. is an opportunity to take part (or just observe) along with people from other communities in nearly 200 countries worldwide. Ancient indigenous people held such events but the practice was lost. Elders of Otomi Toltec Teotihuacan lineage (central Mexico) revived the tradition which was explained in this area by Dabadi Thaayrohyadi, a Toltec Wisdom Keeper whose global pilgrimage brought him to Washington, Unity, Palermo and other nearby locations. A gathering of drums reflects the Toltec prophesy that a time would come when indigenous knowledge would be needed. It predicted that healing would begin when the sound of 8,000 drums was heard in the Otomi region. (Much more on this subject is available online or at libraries by searching “8000 Drums…”) Participants may bring your own drums or rattles or simply clap. The idea is to generate a beat along with many others all at the same time. For more information call Connie at 993-2294 or just be there to join in.
Just have to add
The Equinoxes (spring and fall), along with many observations of natural events, have significance in lots of ways. For us, they afford us a way to calculate due east and west. Just before sunrise or sunset, drive a straight stake into the ground making sure it’s perpendicular. It will cast a shadow line that runs due east and west. We used this method to mark a compass rose (of sorts) on our deck.
9/11 solemn and subdued
There just seemed to be a different feel in the air last Wednesday, Sept. 11. Sure, the school bus went by as usual, and the gravel trucks, and folks going and coming from work and errands. Still, driving through the village there was an air of solemnity. The public flags at half staff and the touching memorial at the fire department was ample evidence that 9/11 hasn’t been forgotten. Thanks loads to Dave Sheppard who assembled the memorial display. It’s good to remember I think, especially for us, who reside so distant from the flames and smoke and falling debris and whose recollections are eroded by 12 years. We simply want to say today and every day: God bless America and our little town.