Blueberry Fields fine tunes for fall

Pub Night at Blueberry Fields will continue through the fall and winter on a once-a-month basis. Pub Night will be the third Thursday of each month from 4 to 7 p.m. So, that will be Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, etc.

The Zeiglers plan on a dependable schedule, but if changes are necessary, they will be posted on their Facebook at

Washington Rec’ Work Day

Washington Recreation Committee will hold a community work day at the ballfield at Prescott Memorial School Sunday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon.

There are lots of chores to choose from, including staining (oil based stain) the dugouts, equipment building and concession building (bring an oil paint paintbrush if possible), sweeping and organizing stored equipment and supplies, raking the field (bring a rake) and generally putting the place to sleep ‘til spring.

Our little town is lucky to have this great ball field for our kids, and the dedicated folks who keep it in good shape. Lend a hand if you can.

For more information, call or text Peg Hobbs 790-0723.

COVID-19 caution cancels supper

Washington Fire Department’s annual fall turkey supper is cancelled this year because of the on-going spread of Coronavirus.

Originally scheduled for this Saturday, organizers considered the spike in COVID-19 and Delta variant cases in the Knox County area, and decided the risk to public health was too high to hold a close-contact public event.

Many thanks for the decision, even though is disappoints and the respectful attitude toward everyone’s health.

Fête cocktail backstory

The library’s Bibliofête was a grand event by all accounts. So it’s fun to relate a little more about the “literary cocktail” featured at the fête by Keith and Constance Bodine, owners of Sweetgrass Winery.

The original idea of a literary celebration was born a couple of years ago but because of COVID-19 (groan) the concept was tucked away and re-hatched for the recent celebration.

Constance tells me that to create something special, she consulted a book about cocktails in literature. (It turns out, in fact, that there are lots and lots of books about that subject. Surprised me.) She wanted to find a cocktail featuring gin, because Sweetgrass’s Back River Gin, their flagship product, is hailed as one of the top spirits in the world. Their Gin Rickey was perfect for the occasion. It’s literary connection is to Fitzgerald’s novel, “The Great Gatsby.”

Fast food for sure

Amazingly, the Masons’ “Curbside to Go” drive-through supper held last night delivered 80 meals in about 15 minutes, and had to put up the sold-out sign soon after opening!

Certainly, there are no worries about the idea of take-it-home meals and local Masons have got the routine down pat!

Two Rock Ridge farm

If you drive Route 17 much, you’ll probably notice the fields of Two Rock Ridge Farm – on your left, going toward Union, a little way after the Medomak Brook Bridge – long stretches of greenery, now dotted with a bazillion orange pumpkins.

The farm belongs to Jeff and Stephanie Grinnell, who built their house there a dozen or so years ago. They are “working homesteaders,” hoping to become self-sufficient, but both holding down full time jobs.

The farm stand will open for the season Saturday, Sept. 25, with Saturday and Sunday hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will have pick-your-own pumpkins, as well as some that are pre-picked for sale.

In addition, they are selling garlic, fresh eggs and frozen whole chickens and our daughter is offering beeswax wraps (an alternative to plastic wrap), goats milk soaps and two kinds of salves. For more information, call or text 542-1449; email

Looking ahead:

Blueberry Fields Annual Wine and Cheese Reception and fundraiser for Washington Food Bank is scheduled Friday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8 p.m.

Question 1

Although it’s some time away (seven weeks-ish) there’s a vote coming up Nov. 2 that will get a lot of attention, and all sides will tell you the absolute facts and how we should vote on Question 1. It’s going to be important to understand what the referendum is asking you to decide.

The ballot question is: “Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, both retroactively to 2020, and to require the Legislature, retroactively to 2014, to approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land?”

Briefly, a “yes” vote supports prohibition of the New England Clean Energy Connect corridor in western Maine. A “no” vote opposes the initiative and would allow the New England Clean Energy Connect project to continue construction.

As usual, the devil is in the details – particularly the legislative retroactive approval part of the referendum.

More next week.