Farmers’ Market and Friends

Washington Grange Farmer’ Market will be open this Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the last of the monthly winter Markets. Their weekly schedule will resume on May 15 and run until fall.

On Saturday, Market vendors will offer locally grown or produced items including raw Jersey milk, butter, yogurt and cheeses, grass-fed beef, cage free eggs and chicken, seedlings, maple syrup and honey. Port Clyde fresh catch will be on hand with their winter selection of flash frozen fish fillets as well as fresh and frozen shrimp, crab, and lobster meat. (To place special orders or to arrange pick up of shrimp shares, call Stephanie at 975-2169.) Maine Water Buffalo will offer a full line of their ever increasingly popular water buffalo meat and Black Locust Cashmere Goat Farm will have smoked chevon and spicy chorizo as well as their cashmere pillows, pelts, jewelry and yarn. Washington’s own Cynthia White, printmaker and framer, will offer small prints, cards, and drawings, framed and unframed. Cynthia is also available for consultation regarding items needing framing. Shelagh Delphyne of Dolphin Designs will present her selection of handcrafted sterling silver and semi precious stone jewelry and photographs. Evening Star Grange members offer complementary free coffee all morning and serve up a homemade lunch at a very affordable cost. The Market is located at the Evening Star Grange on Old Union Road in Washington between the Downtown Gallery and Gibbs Library. The Market will be held barring seriously inclement weather. For more information, call 845-2140.

Conservation Association offers workshop

The Maine Association of Conservation Commissions is presenting a workshop on how local groups can organize a conservation group for their towns or how to strengthen what they already have. The workshop will be at the Knox-Lincoln University of Maine Extension Office on Manktown Road in Waldoboro on April 27 from 3:45 to 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required and can be arranged by calling 878-8933 or registering at
meacc.net/event_registration.html

Bicentennial Committee setting agenda

The Washington 2011 Bicentennial Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month. This month’s discussion included ideas for the parade. The actual anniversary of Washington’s incorporation as a town is Feb. 27, 1811, so Feb. 27, 2011 will be our official 200th birthday. However, February being what it is, the date for a celebration is set for Aug. 6, 2011, about halfway through our bicentennial year. There will be other bicentennial events in the months before the celebration. It’s exciting to be planning for this event. Wendy Carr, president of the Washington Historical Society said it best, “Whether you’ve been here seven generations or not yet one, if you call Washington home, its past is your past.” So, heads up, everyone, You can join the fun. There are lots of parts to this celebration and many functions for someone to “own.” The next Bicentennial Committee meeting is May 5 following the Select Board meeting (usually around 7:30 p.m.) in the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library.

Diggers for Gibbs Plant Sale

Volunteers to help dig perennials for the Annual Garage and Plant Sale are still welcome. Remaining dig dates are Saturdays, April 24 and May 1. Volunteers will go to the donors’ perennial beds to dig out and gently divide the plants, then replacing some in the garden and taking some for the sale. Call Peg Hobbs at 845-2900 or email pegandleo@fairpoint.net to volunteer or get more info. And remember the Gibbs Library Annual Garage and Plant Sale is Saturday, May 22.