Biblio•Fête over the top

Gibbs Library’s Biblio•Fête was a perfectly executed celebration of the library and its books, members and friends. The venue, Sweetgrass Winery, lent itself well to socializing, enjoying the views, noshing on fantastic refreshments, and wrapping one’s ears in the music of the superb jazz combo Phil Clement and Lincoln Blake. The silent auction featured items well suited to the occasion, and best of all was the Literary Cocktail!

The Gibbs-Sweetgrass Literary Cocktail this year is Orange Negroni a delicious tasting combo of gin, Campari, vermouth, orange juice and bitters. I learned that Orange Negroni was drunk by luminaries like Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles, both well known for their taste in booze. Welles commented on the Orange Negroni wryly saying, “The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other.” My knowledge of spirits and wine is limited, and I only know what tastes good to me. The Orange Negroni tasted good, especially after I gave it a little stir with my hors d’oeuvre toothpick. Everything you need to create it is at Sweetgrass Winery.

Many thanks to everyone who helped make the 2022 Biblio•Fête a success.

Lucky change of mind

Bette Pelletier’s pie won the trophy for best pie in the Heritage Days pie contest. She had planned to enter a Lemon Crème Pie but at the last minute found she was missing an ingredient so she changed it up and delivered a Banana Cream Pie. And it was that Banana Cream Pie that won this year’s best pie at the Historical Society’s event. Nice going, Bette. Congratulations for the prize and for being resourceful!

Please be ready to vote

If you aren’t registered to vote, please do so now, before the fall gets too busy and you forget. The fall elections – the “midterms” – are just about 6 weeks away.  As for me, I always vote because I think that gives me a “right” to praise or complain about what goes on among elected officials. Besides, it’s an assertion of my “right” to vote at all and have a say-so in the government. A lot of people all over the world are dying for that privilege. Even here in the U.S.A., some people have a hard time getting their votes cast. And, unbelievably to me, some don’t even try. I know it’s old-fashioned and “corny” (an old-fashioned word, even) but this country is a good place and needs its citizenry to speak up about what’s right and do what’s honest and true.  So, just vote, okay? And I’ll try to be quiet about it until November 8.

And furthermore

In 1845, the law was that federal elections should be held on the first Tuesday in November. And that worked until somebody figured out that if that Tuesday should be November 1, the election would not fall within the time frame required by another law, that the election should be 34 days before the Electoral College met. Tuesday was set as the weekday for voting, so that it would never be Sunday – the Sabbath for most Americans at the time. November was decided because by that time of year, farmers’ workload was lessened by cold weather, and they could travel to voting places. Interestingly, the date for the Electoral College to meet was changed to later, and subsequently, with a few more rule changes became held in each state, eliminating a national meeting altogether. Go figure.

Banned Books Week

Sept. 18 to 24 is Banned Book Week. Judith Krug, executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation created the observance in 1982 in response to a higher number than usual of books being challenged. Book readers of all types – librarians, teachers, students, booksellers, publishers, writers, reporters, journalists, and readers in general took the effort to heart. Examples of books banned include: The Diary of Anne Frank, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Flowers for Algernon (a personal favorite), The Giving Tree, Nickeled and Dimed, To Kill a Mockingbird, and most of the Harry Potter series. There are a slew more, of course, including some that made the bestseller lists.

Fire Department supper

This Saturday, Sept. 24, the Washington Fire Department Auxiliary is holding its annual supper to raise funds for firefighter equipment that’s outside the budget. They will offer turkey and all the fixin’s, casseroles, baked beans, salad, beverages, and always delicious, generous-sized desserts. Contributions are welcome, especially salads, casseroles and desserts. Just bring them ready to serve. The supper will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and the cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.