Washington is throwing a party

This Saturday, July 9, there will be a parade for the first time since the Bicentennial in 2011 (yikes, can that be true?). Parades are always fun. You know, it’s not so easy to present a parade these days. Bands are few and far between and a lot of the patriotism that used to drive parades is missing. Still, our parade committee buckled down and put together a summer event to make our day.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Washington Through the Decades.” It will celebrate the history, people, and community of Washington. Let’s all come out and cheer them on. Of course, the parade is right down the village center from Prescott Memorial School to Bartlett’s Garage, just beyond the fire station. The roads in the vicinity will be closed for the duration of the parade so that it’s plenty safe for little ones on the sidelines. The parade starts at 9 a.m.

Strawberry Festival #No. 74

Lucky for us, the parade ends right near the fire station so we can go right over and get in line for the Strawberry Festival. That delicious event opens at 11 a.m. Put on by the Washington Ladies’ Guild, these women offer everything strawberry, especially shortcake with real whipped cream. They also have beverages and other items besides strawberry creations so everyone can have a good lunch. Then, being nourished, we’ll have energy to go the Gibbs Library Book Sale.

Book Sale — deep discounts

The team at Gibbs Library is clearing out books that are no longer circulating to make room for lots of great new books that come in steadily. That means the sale prices will be low and you might even be able to make a “deal.” The book sale will be in progress from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a bag. This sounds like a great opportunity to pick up some good summer reading. Our hard-working friends at Gibbs will be glad to have your business.

Sunset Paddle on Washington Pond

Washington Lakes Watershed Association is leading a Sunset Paddle Saturday evening, July 9, starting promptly at 7 p.m. The leader will be Jeff Grinnell. The paddle will leave from Washington Boat Access on Razorville Road. Along with your own paddle craft and paddles, everybody needs to wear a life jacket or other personal flotation device. Don’t forget a water bottle and, just in case, insect repellant. WLWA will provide glowsticks for paddlers. Nothing is much more summery than the lake sounds in evening — plus the dip-drip rhythm of the paddles, of course.

Snail Harvesters needed

Washington Lakes Association (WLWA) will be organizing a few snail harvesting sessions this summer and is hoping for volunteers to help. It involves getting into the waters on the south shore of Washington Pond. These “Chinese mystery snails,” (Cipangopaludina chinensis) are a highly invasive snail type discovered last summer here in our pond. They reproduce prolifically and nothing much works except to harvest and destroy them.

Harvesting involves manually scooping them into buckets and taking them out of the lake. Do not do this on your own! The Lakes Association team searched out the best ways to do this without risking further spread of them and disposing of them efficiently. If you can help, give your active phone or email to Roxanne at 207-930-0307 so you can be reached when harvesting sessions are set up in the next couple of weeks. The goal is to limit the spread of these non-native invaders. Please help if you can.

Special event at Pumpkin Vine

Usually, Pumpkin Vine Family Farm welcomes us all on Sundays but next week on Friday, July 15, a special music concert is scheduled to welcome local musicians Katherine Liccardo playing violin and Matt Consul on viola/violin. Liccardo and Consul will perform music from classical composers such as Mozart and Bartok in the beautiful outdoor setting of the farm. The concert is 7-9 p.m. out in the field. In order to sustain events over time, the suggested donation is from $0-$50 dollars. When you come, bring your own chairs and blankets and enjoy the sunset and music. Friday, July 15, at 7-9 p.m. Of course, the regular Sunday Farmers Market will happen as usual (on Sunday).

Paddle craft races

Washington Recreation Committee and Lakes Association will present their annual paddle craft races on Washington Pond Sunday, July 17. Meet for sign-ups from 8-9 a.m. at Washington Boat Access on Razorville Road, with races starting at 9 a.m. There are categories for adults, kids, and pairs. All types of paddle crafts are acceptable. Races will be timed and there will be recognition for fastest, but there are no prizes and no medals — just fun for everyone, racers and spectators alike.

Speaking personally…

I am deeply touched and grateful for the absolutely perfect, delightful and heartwarming memorial gathering in remembrance of my late partner of 20 years, Jere Davis. My most sincere thank you to everyone who made it happen.