A big, fun supper and auction

The Fire Department Auxiliary’s annual public dinner and auction is this Saturday, June 11. Dinner is served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. with the auction starting at 6 p.m. Auctioneers Linda and Paul Payson will be taking bids on such items as a brunch for two at the Samoset, an overnight at Blueberry Fields Bed & Breakfast, a gas card from Maritime Oil, and many, many more delightful objects from a rocking chair to a tattoo, lots of gift certificates and “tons” of craft items. The auxiliary members work hard to make this an outstanding event. If you can help out by donating a casserole, salad or dessert it would be most welcome and appreciated. Most of all they love your attendance and participation. It’s like a big party with lots of hearty food, conversation and laughter. The excitement and competition of the bidding is a lot of fun to do or simply watch. Call Debbie Johnston at 845-2576 or Paulette Oboyski 845-3045 for more information.

Clues lead to special places and prizes

A scavenger hunt – a game where teams of searchers look for specific items – will be presented on the morning of Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to noon starting at the Village Park in the heart of town. Everyone is invited to join in the fun of looking for items and places of interest and trying for prizes. The Washington Historical Society is putting on the scavenger hunt as part of the Washington Bicentennial. The scavenger hunt will take us all over the place and a car is necessary to get to them. Everyone will start with a list of items that must be collected to complete the game. While we’re finding those locations and picking up listed items, we’ll be learning a little more about the early settlers and citizens, industry, and places of interest right here in town. Prizes will be given to the lucky winners who manage to come up with the most required finds. So make a team and come for a morning of history and fun on June 18.

Byron, Georgia and Stolita visit students

Students at Prescott School welcomed Kate Braemer and friends from Chewonki Foundation to a lively one-hour presentation on animal adaptations. The students got to view and handle several specimens from Chewonki’s collections and meet live animals. Byron, a one-winged female barred owl (who was originally thought to be a boy and the name stuck), Georgia, a southern box turtle with a stern look-you-in-the-eye expression, and Stolita, a not-so-terrifying tarantula were perfect guests as students met them. The program explaining how animals adapt to their environments was underwritten by Washington Lakes Association which sponsors a nature presentation annually for students of all grades at Prescott School.

Conservation titivation

Our town’s Conservation Committee has added perennial flowers to the Village Park and will continue to work on the location to make a welcoming area for residents and visitors as they approach from the south. Many thanks to Denise Hyland, Dave Heckman, Ann Dean and committee members for the lovely additions and their enthusiasm for the Village Park. By the way, the word is new to me. “Titivation” means sprucing up or making decorative additions in hope of making something more attractive. It has a certain ring to it, doesn’t it?

Heads up on the Strawberry Festival

The 2011 Strawberry Festival will be on Saturday, July 9, at the Washington Fire Station.

We’ll be mentioning this in coming weeks, but a mental note of the new location can’t hurt.