Spend the day in Washington

In just over two weeks, on Saturday, July 9, the Town of Washington will be holding a community parade and other events to fill the day with fun. The parade starts at 9 a.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “Washington Through the Decades” celebrating the history, people, and community of Washington.

The parade starts at Prescott Memorial School, proceeding north through Washington Village and end at Bartlett’s Garage. Roads leading into Washington Village will be closed from 8:45-10:30 a.m. Those include Route 220 at Calderwood Road intersection; Route 220 at McDowell Road;
Route 105 at Vanner Rd/Youngs Hill Road intersection; Bill Luce Road at Bartlett’s Garage; and Old Union Road at Bartlett’s Garage. There will be parking along Route 220 and at the Evening Star Grange — don’t forget to pay attention to road closures between 8:45-10:30 a.m.

Gibbs Library book sale

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9 Gibbs Library will be selling used books to make room for the great new books that are coming in. This is an excellent way to get some fabulous summer reading for low prices, hobnob with other shoppers, and meet some of the super library staff and volunteers.

Strawberry Festival 2022

The Ladies’ Guild Strawberry Festival will be held at the Washington Fire Station starting at 11 a.m. July 9. Everyone is invited to refresh and congregate at this fun event after the parade. The Ladies’ Guild offers up strawberry shortcake like you can get nowhere else — large scoops of strawberries and tons of whipped cream with short “biscuit style” shortcake.

The ladies also offer lunch style food items, snacks, and beverages for the pleasure of your taste buds. Personally, I have a shortcake-for-lunch habit underway which is in its 20th year and firmly established. The Strawberry Festival has become a tradition in our little town and is at or near its emerald anniversary. It has served multiple generations sharing food and friendship. Ah, may it go on and on. Thank you, ladies!

Sunset Paddle on the pond

Washington Lakes Watershed Association will be hosting a Sunset Paddle starting at 7 p.m. on the evening of July 9. The group is leaving from Washington Public Landing on Razorville Road.  glow sticks will be provided. Participants need to have their own paddle craft (boat, canoe, kayak, etc.) and paddles. All persons in the crafts must wear a personal flotation device (PFD). You may also want a jacket since it cools down considerably after sunset and a water bottle.

A nod to Juneteenth

Even though it’s passed, congratulations to the U.S.A. for making Juneteenth a real, live holiday. Juneteenth is a poignant commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation only freed slaves in Confederate states. It was through the Thirteenth Amendment (1865) to the Constitution emancipation become national policy.

Even so, the new law took effect only gradually over a couple of years, as it was carried west across the slave states by troop movements. It’s a complicated story, worthy of more attention than this space can give it. However, June 19, 1865, was the day when news of the Civil War’s end was heard — and celebrated, finally — across the entire country. And now it’s a federal holiday. Who knew?

Kids, discover Crystal Lake!

Washington Lakes Watershed Association (WLWA) invites local children to come and discover the beauty and wonder of Crystal Lake. On Thursday, July 7, from 10-11 a.m. the WLWA hosts a free children’s educational nature walk at the Crystal Lake Boat Launch in Washington. Kids should bring a parent or other responsible person.

The walk will be led by Merry Spring Program Director, Brett WillaRoad. The focus of the walk will be discovering what types of wildlife and plant life can be found around the lake and what type of aquatic life can be found in the lake. Dip nets, collection boxes and a light snack will be provided.

All participants should dress for exploration and fun. Bug spray and sunscreen are recommended. The walk is open to children ages 5 through 10. There is a maximum group size of 10 children so pre-registration is required. For questions and to register, call or text Roxanne at 207-930-0307. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Shainie’s gifts — just a mention

The Town of Washington has just about everything anyone needs, of course, but occasionally, I venture out into the big world in Union. As I was getting a few special screws at Vic’s True Value hardware, I was drawn into Shainie’s Gifts next door. The huge selection of greeting cards, the addition of some lovely garments, the usual fine gifts and jewelry, and seemingly expanded office and craft supply department was impressive. Nice place “next door.”