Strawberry Festival Fantastic

A gorgeous summer day, amazing attendance, full faces smiling broadly and strawberries galore made for an altogether outstanding Strawberry Festival last weekend.

The Washington Ladies’ Guild offered lunch choices and cold beverages and, of course, their famous strawberry shortcake loaded with thick, creamy whipped cream. Raffle basket tickets were flying off the spool and the country music of the Route 17 Ramblers with Rosie Gerry kept folks toe-tapping. Everything was perfect to welcome everyone out for a carefree community event.

Many thanks to the Ladies’ Guild and all the volunteers who worked together to make this such a big success. Money earned from the Guild’s events is given to Washington non-profits to help with their projects.

Conductors’ retreat shares talents

A luxury is in store for us!

Maestro Kenneth Kiesler and orchestra conductors from far and wide are in town for the annual Conductors’ Retreat at Medomak. It’s primarily a workshop for the musicians to hone their skills, connect with each other, and enjoy some down time in the beautiful natural setting at the Medomak Family Camp.

Ken Kiesler, who is an alumnus of Medomak Camp, scheduled a free public concert for the community for this Saturday, July 17, at 2 p.m. Among the concert selections are Stravinsky’s “Firebird” and Saint Saens Cello Concerto. The venue is the newly constructed barn at the Medomak Retreat Center. The lane to the concert venue is off Route 220 (Liberty Road) about 1.4 miles north of the village and is well marked.

Fully vaccinated attendees are invited to be seated inside the barn. Unvaccinated audience members will be welcomed in the lawn seating area.

I promise you, the Conductors’ Retreat concert is a melodious and unique presentation. Be there if you can.

Paddlecrafts races

The races on Washington Pond for paddle-powered craft, as usual, attracted a small but very enthusiastic bunch of paddlers, with fun for everyone. The Washington Recreation Committee sponsors paddle craft races annually and asks for no entry fees and gives no prizes – it’s just for the fun of it and, of course, bragging rights for just being there.

This year, everybody was declared a winner; hopes are high for next year, including some great ideas that emerged from this event.

Public barbeque supper

“Dine In, Dine Out or To Go” is the word at the public BBQ chicken supper from Mt. Olivet Masons Saturday, July 17. Serving is from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

A meal includes half a chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, chips, a roll, dessert and drink. Cost is $12 per dinner. Correct cash is very much appreciated or your check made out to Mount Olivet Lodge.

The lodge is located just a quarter mile north of Washington Village on Rt. 220 (Liberty Road). Follow the driveway to the right around the building for parking or pickup.

Sunset Paddle planned

Washington Lakes Association is planning a sunset paddle for Friday, July 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. Paddlers will meet at the public access park on Razorville Road at 6:45 p.m. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

Participants don’t need to register per se, but everybody must sign up so organizers know that everyone who started out also came back. This is an essential practice for water activities. In the event of bad weather, the paddle will be next evening, Saturday, July 24.

Help create 5k race

Washington Recreation Committee’s annual 5k race, Fun Run, is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 8.

The committee needs volunteer help to conduct the race and help spread the word.

New this year is a change in the route.

The race will begin at Gibbs Library and follow Bill Luce Road eastward to measured distances of one-mile and two-miles and a turnaround point then back to finish at Gibbs Library. This new route offers plenty of challenges with fewer concerns and is a nice change of pace. There are door prizes, medals for all winners and T-shirts for all.

There is an entry fee of $5 for the 5k race and $1 for the Fun Run. Walkers are welcome to take part at their own pace. Registrations will be from 7 to 8 a.m., with the Fun Run starting at 8 a.m. and the 5k race immediately following.

Since this is a new route this year, we’ll set a new course record! Start planning now to participate in the road activities, or, if you can volunteer, help with set-up, registrations, spotting, time keeping and helping at the conclusion.

Racers and their fans are a lively bunch who make lots of fun through this whole event so come cheer them on in just few weeks.

Sunday, Aug. 8. Just do it.

Cyd and Deb say “thank you” to all who made our Independence Day celebration a huge success!