Italian Night public supper

This Saturday, July 12, Evening Star Grange is presenting an Italian Night public supper, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. With a delicious menu with a variety of dishes with a Mediterranean flavor plus those fabulous desserts, the Grange makes a wonderful evening out to eat. The offerings for the annual Minnie Weaver Silent Auction are also on display to give us a chance to get into the action for this town scholarship fund raiser. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. There’s $1 off if you bring a non-perishable item for the food pantry.

Janto exhibit opens at Gibbs

Local artist Phyllis Janto’s three-part exhibit “Time Passing” will open July 10 and kick off with an artist reception Friday evening, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Gibbs Library. One part of the show is a series of prints and drawings made around 2000-2005 and was related to trying out ideas, shapes, color and line. The second part contains sculptural models, photos and ideas produced from 1979 to 1987 for outdoor temporary sculpture. Janto says, “There was quite an interest in the 1980s in having temporary outdoor exhibits in the New York City area where I was at the time. I remember how limited the space was in my studio, and I won’t forget carrying all my materials up four flights of stairs!” The third part of Janto’s show is hung in the Bryant Room. It’s called “Time Passing on Nelson Ridge,” of which Janto says “this is my newest piece and reflects my affectionate feeling toward the inhabitants of my home place and theirs, plus my enduring interest in its ancient geology.” Mrs. Janto’s exhibit will run all summer at Gibbs during library hours. Everyone is welcome at the opening reception tomorrow evening (Friday, July 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.).

YardScaping is program at lakes meeting

Professional horticulturist and arborist Gary Fish, manager of pesticide programs for the Maine Board of Pesticides Control, is guest speaker for the 23rd annual meeting of Washington (Maine) Lakes Watershed Association (WLWA) on Wednesday, July 16. Fish is a licensed forester and has been coordinator of the Maine YardScaping Partnership since 1999. In his presentation “Yardscaping for a Healthy Maine,” he will explain how to create and maintain beautiful and ecologically based landscapes through practices that minimize reliance on water, fertilizer and pesticides. Fish hopes to educate and inspire Maine people to focus on yard care practices that reduce exposure to toxins for people, pets, and wildlife. Having had experience working for the nation’s largest yard care product company years ago, Fish knows how deep the pursuit for the perfect yard can go. He says we can grow better landscapes by working with the natural lay-of-the-land and vegetation that is native to the area. As coordinator of the Maine Yardscaping Partnership, he works with an impressive list of organizations and businesses including Maine Council of Lake Associations (COLA), LakeSmart, and MOFGA. WLWA’s annual meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the Evening Star Grange Hall on Old Union Road in Washington. The public is welcome. Refreshments will follow the meeting and talk.

Free summer concerts for all

Washington’s Grange, Historical Society, and library are collaborating this year to repeat the series of free summer concerts so well-received the past two summers. The three concerts will be held Thursday evenings on the lawn at Gibbs Library on Old Union Road. The first is Playin’ Possum, the always pleasing county/gospel duo presented by Evening Star Grange on Thursday, July 17. The Historical Society will host Harborside Harmony Barbershop Chorus on Thursday, July 24. The final show is the band All Stove Up, sponsored by Gibbs Library. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available for sale and a donation hat will be passed to help cover the costs. Please gather your family and friends, bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and join us at this beautiful site in the fork of Old Union and Bill Luce Roads. The concerts are rain or shine — if it rains (oh, please, no!) the concerts will be in the Grange Hall.

Open house at Living Community Foundation

The 32 organic raised garden beds at Palermo Community Garden at the Living Community Foundation on Turner Ridge Road in Palermo will be open for walking and grazing tours Sunday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Master Gardeners will answer questions about various edible and medicinal plants and about the changing growing conditions in Maine. Light refreshments will be served. As always, visitors may pick ripe fruits, vegetables, and herbs for personal use. The Community Garden is maintained by Foundation volunteers of all ages, and especially by those who are looking for community service opportunities. LCF is unique in our area. The Open House is a great chance to make a visit and learn about their purpose and activities.

Symphony right here in town

The musicians attending the Conductors Retreat here at Medomak Camp are each highly trained and accomplished musicians who have performed nationally and internationally. During their three weeks in residence at the retreat, they practice, rehearse, play and conduct for many hours. As the retreat comes to a close the musicians become the principal players of a full symphony orchestra, which will present a free concert for the community Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m. at Medomak Family Camp, 178 Liberty Road, Washington. For more information, please call 845-3219 or send an email to

Loads of thanks

Many heartfelt thanks to the Ladies’ Guild, everyone who attended, and all those cooks, strawberry pickers, helping hands, musicians, and everyone else who made the 2014 Strawberry Festival a fabulous feast and lots of fun besides!