Town

The Planning Board will meet Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Opera House. Thursday, May 12, the C-R Pathways Committee will meet at 7 a.m. and the Harbor Committee at 5 p.m. The Conservation Commission will meet Friday, May 13 at 8 a.m. All meetings are held at the town office unless otherwise designated. No meetings scheduled at this time for May 16 through May 20.

Ashwood

“Simplicity Parenting” workshops based on the work of Kim John Payne conclude at Ashwood School, Wednesday, May 11 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Fairy House Friday!

You and your family are invited to help make an entire Fairy House Village Fridays, May 13 and 20 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the library on library grounds. But! space is limited and you must preregister. For registration/information, call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us. Maine’s tradition of Fairy Houses intrigued me even before we moved to Maine and I’m so sorry I’ll miss this fun activity.

Reminder

In case you forgot, Garden Club members should are check with Nancy Thompson, 236-4065 for information/reservations for the May 13 Spring Social.

West Rockport Cemetery Association

The annual meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 8:30 a.m. at the West Rockport Fire Station. If you can’t make the meeting, remember, dues are due and you can send the to thenew address: West Rockport Cemetery Association, PO Box 2011, Hope, ME 04847. If you’d like to keep in touch by email with treasurer Nancy Dowling, email: Nancy at nancy@hopeunleashed.com.

Spring is in the air

Wow! A day of two wonderful, practical workshops awaits you at Merryspring, Saturday, May 14. From 9 to 10:30 a.m. renowned hybridizer and former Maine Daylily Society President Susan Shaw will lead a workshop on how to divide your daylilies to improve plant health, maximize bloom, and increase plant number. This hands-on workshop in the Maine Daylily Society Display Garden at Merryspring has an added bonus – each participant will take home a beautiful new daylily to add to their collection. Rain Date: Sunday, May 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Cost of this workshop is $3 for Merryspring members; $6 for non-members).

Then from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., take the “Weeding and Eating Workshop 1,” the first in a series of workshops on how to effectively weed your garden and how to incorporate some of those delicious, nutritious “weeds” in your menu. From chickweed to dandelions, these annual and perennial garden opportunists invade gardens and steal the nutrients in the garden soil. Find out the best strategies to deal with unwanted plants, learn the proper use of your favorite weeding tools and effective, organic approaches from flame weeders to vinegars, and even a few drastic measures. Best of all, enjoy gardener’s revenge by taking home some delicious recipes and a bag of edible weeds! (Free for Merryspring members; $5 for non-members). Call 236-2239 to register for either/both workshops.

Coastal Quilters

CQ will meet Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The program features two CQ members who will discuss two diverse topics. Gene Stinson will share information about “Saving our Treasures” and Jan Kelsey about “Sewing in Belize.” Refreshments, a special “Show & Tell” (folks will present their “Challenge Squares based on the theme “Grocery Store Challenge” which provided a wonderful range for creativity!), and a short business meeting follow. Free and open to the public, all welcome. For more information, call Karen Martin, 236-8038.

A long one it is!

Saturday, May 14, “Live in High Def from the Met” begins at 12 noon, an hour early, at the Strand (last of 2010-11 season). Part of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Die Walkure, is scheduled to run slightly over five hours, hence the early start. For ticket availability, call the Strand, 594-0070. Remember, there will be an encore performance on Tuesday, May 24 (beginning at noon), if you miss this performance.

Day of Giving

Tuesday, May 17, Camden Hills Regional High School students and staff will host the third annual Day of Giving from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Wave Cafe. Free turkey dinners will be provided to the five towns’ residents as a thank you for their ongoing support of the Five Town CSD. Guests are invited to stay for the 7:30 p.m. free Spring Choral Concert. No charge for the concert, but you are asked to make donations for relief efforts in earthquake-devastated Japan.

It’s time

Do you have perennials that need to be divided? Or some extra seedlings that need a good home? How about some used garden tools or books on horticulture and natural history? Donate any/all of those items to Merryspring for the May 20 (members) and May 21 (general public) “Annual Plant Sale.” Always a treasure trove of offerings (including divisions straight from Merryspring’s own herb and perennial gardens and wondrous products from local, specialty nurseries), it’s the contributions from members and loyal supporters that add the special touches to this Premier Plant Sale. Donors of perennial divisions are asked to place their divisions in plastic bags with adequate soil to keep the roots cool and moist. Labels should indicate species and color. Donations can be dropped off anytime, perennials placed in the shade near the greenhouse.

Note to parents

Neighbor Grace Kleinsteuber sent me info from her daughter (a music professor at Ithaca College), in regard to generous awards available to Ithaca College music majors who live in Maine. The top three prizes are $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000, with several more awards of $200 each. Students can pick up an application from the bulletin board in the Ithaca College mail room. If you have/know an Ithaca College music major student from Maine, pass this on! Can’t be that many of you, so chances would be good to receive some funds!

Night skies

Great chance to see a tightly knit grouping of Jupiter, Mercury and Venus in the eastern predawn skies. Saturn will appear just to the left of the moon Friday, May 13, at nightfall. May’s full moon occurs next Tuesday, May 17 at 7:07 a.m. This one has such lovely names including, the Budding Moon, Flower Moon, Planting Moon, Corn Planting Moon (even here?!), Grass Moon, Milk Moon (not sure where that one comes from or why!), and Migration Moon. How about adding “Black fly Moon to either May or April?! They seem more fierce than ever and for the first time in years, a few of my bites got infected.