Art show opens at Gibbs

Word and Image, an art exhibit featuring prints by Cynthia White and poetry by Mary Swenson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Tomas Transtromer and others, opened last Friday at a well-attended and enthusiastic reception at Gibbs Library. The works by White were inspired by poems of a diverse group of poets that also included John Clare, Dylan Thomas, George VanDeventer, and Mary Oliver. Her work also inspired some of the poets and this reciprocation influenced White to put together this exhibit which illustrates her strong interest in the link between poetry and visual images. This charming early summer show will be on display from May 2 to July 9 during all regular library hours.

Yard sales — love ‘em or leave ‘em

The Washington Ladies Guild outdid themselves at last Saturday’s yard sale. Always offering a unique selection, a cozy feeling, and friendly conversations with people you know (usually), these women make their event fun and profitable. Their group disperses the money they make to local non-profit organizations. In our family, daughters are divided evenly between attending or avoiding every yard sale for miles around and the guys usually follow suit. For us, we should never, ever, buy anything or probably ought to have our own yard sale. But, a nice four-legged wooden stool caught my eye and seemed a good fit for my little basement work area. (One should always have a purpose.) The price was right. Sold! Turns out the stool had been Pete Melgard’s seat at his woodworking bench. Delightful. You just never know what will hook you if you dare go to yard sales! P.S. I hope the stool imparts some of Pete’s talent to me.

Historical society to hear church histories

Pastor Tim Lewis is guest speaker for the Washington Historical Society meeting Tuesday, May 14. He will describe the several churches of Washington over the years. Lewis is pastor of the Village Church, Washington’s only active house of worship for many years. The rise and closing of other churches is an interesting story and Pastor Tim tells it well. The historical society meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Farmers market — greens are in

Greens are here at the Washington Grange Farmers’ Market. Various lettuces, arugula, and other green leafy items are coming in strongly now. Also plentiful are plants and seedlings ready for your garden. No doubt about it, spring has sprung. Baked goods including bread, free-range eggs, Jersey milk and cream along with a variety of soft cheeses, and items from Black Locust Farm along with other fine locally-produced items are available every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check it out.

May 18 — Feasts for eaters and shoppers

Saturday, May 18, is shaping up to be loaded with activity and fun here in our little town.

Starting with breakfast at Evening Star Grange, from 7 to 9:30 a.m. It's possible to stay in the village all day from breakfast through supper. The library’s Giant Yard and Plant Sale at the fire station and library starts at 9 a.m. and goes through 2 p.m. There is bound to be something there you just cannot get along without. The Masons’ first steak supper of the year runs from 4:30 to 7 p.m. offering the best steaks in the county grilled to perfection. Be sure to make it to the village or up the road to the Masonic Hall for part or all of the day.

Me-Balls — culinary cuteness

Throwing “me-balls” — balls of dung from his filthy cage — at oglers was one of the ways Ivan the gorilla showed his annoyance at being in a glass cage at a shopping mall. So, when Kate and Nick Nichols told kids that their meal at the Youth Book Discussion last Saturday would include “me-balls” they were a little apprehensive. The Nichols’ lead a book discussion and prepare a homemade meal for the youngsters based on the themes of the story they read. This month’s book was "The One and Only Ivan," by Katherine Applegate, the 2012 Newberry Award winner. Kate and Nick created their me-balls with delicious round chocolate-within-chocolate concoctions that delighted the young readers. Fortunately, we got to sample them and can attest to their yummy-ness and to the splendid spirit of fun and creativity that Kate and Nick bring to this group. The youth discussion group is for all readers from fourth grade and up. The next get together is Saturday, June 1, at 5:30 p.m. at Gibbs Library.