65th Strawberry Festival Saturday
This Saturday, July 7, the Strawberry Festival will happen at last. Mouths have been watering for weeks while the Washington Ladies’ Guild prepared its big event of the year. The festival is held at the Washington Fire Station on Old Union Road, starting at 1 p.m. and closing at 6:30 p.m. That’s plenty of time to have some strawberry-somethings or a sandwich and beverage, or both. Then check out the tables for face painting for kids, two raffles, baked goods sale and more. Take some time to enjoy the music of the ever-popular Playin’ Possum band, too, and maybe sneak in another strawberry dish before you leave.
July events crowd the calendar
There are so many things going on this July! For starters, we’ll attempt to mention all the events we’ve heard about so far. Then we’ll take them a week at a time.
Washington Historical Society is sponsoring three free musical presentations at the Gibbs Library Patio on Wednesdays, July 11, 18 and 25 at 7 p.m. Performers are the Windjammer Chorus, Tom Albury and Medomak Steel Drum Band, respectively. Please bring an outdoor chair for yourself. If it rains, we’ll go inside.
The Historical Society is also holding its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. with guest speaker Maine humorist John McDonald. John is a Mainer raised in great story-telling country, Tenants Harbor, and has entertained all across our state and beyond. He has written several books of wry humor and common sense “which ain’t all that common, Mistah.” This is a fundraiser for the Historical Society and you’re going to have a great time. The WHS business meeting will follow John’s talk.
Gibbs Library will open a new art exhibit on Friday, July 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. showing Linda Gallion’s coastline landscapes and lithographs. The current Paula Green Retrospective will remain on view through July 10 at Gibbs.
At Downtown Gallery there’s still time to catch Phyllis Janto’s fabulous sculptures in wood and for the next two Sundays Phyllis herself will be at the gallery all day to give you an excursion through her featured works. Downtown Gallery is open weekends all summer from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Suppers coming up are the Grange Supper on July 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
And the Masons’ Steak Supper on July 21 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. If you know of other events that need to be mentioned, send an email or call. If you or your group would like to let others know about what you’ve been doing let us know. We can write it up or show you how to do it.
Farmers’ Market gains vendor
Now that “the season” is in full bloom, the Farmers’ Market is more fun than ever. We welcome the return of Terry Johnston’s Broken Acres Farm and the great greens they produce. Great baked goods; organic milk, cream and cheeses; plants, flowers and seedlings (it’s not too late); eggs, bread, meat; plus David Gardner’s delicious falafel. Check it out and while you’re there, stop in to check out the items to be auctioned next month at the grange supper.
Minnie Weaver Silent Auction
The annual silent auction for beautiful, useful, and often unique items continues until the Grange Public Supper on Aug. 4. Amazed as I am to say, that’s only a month away. Named in memory of a former school teacher, the Minnie Weaver Silent Auction raises funds for an annual scholarship award to a Washington student who will go on to college. There are about 15 items including a Baby Basket containing innumerable items for baby care including a number of adorable tiny handmade soft toys, a Craft Basket with all manner of supplies for clever and creative folks, a beautiful handmade appliqué wall hanging, and much more. Every item would be a welcome addition to a household or a very special gift. All the items to be auctioned are on display at Evening Star Grange on Saturday mornings during the Farmers’ Market hours, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you would like to donate to the Minnie Weaver scholarship fund without participating in the silent auction, you can send contributions to Hazel Kopishke, 471 Liberty Road, here in town. Please make checks payable to the Minnie Weaver Scholarship Fund. The auction is a project of Evening Star Grange, which administers the scholarship and assembles the auction items they donate or purchase out of their own pockets.
Checking computers for Trojan
A blurb from my computer guy recently mentioned a problem that could show up on or after July 9. It’s a Trojan called DNSChanger. You can find out all about it at his website. Go to http://computertutorflorida.com and look down the list on the right side to find How-to-not-lose-your-internet-connection-on-july-9. Scott was an associate of mine in the Waldoboro Business Association a few years ago. His article will explain how to check your computer and also relate the interesting story behind this alert.