Pie pick-up plus

The Evening Star Grange Pie Sale was amazing and provided a special opportunity to pick up truly fresh veggies and other items for the Thanksgiving table. The scrumptious pies (apple or pumpkin) were pre-ordered and ready to go at the appointed time on Tuesday evening. There were advance hints of a farmers market happening at the same time, and patrons opened the door to discover a Grange Hall full of sellers of produce, baked goods, home-grown meats and other items, and a real holiday atmosphere. Every vendor there helped get the event put together and Steph Grant (Hawthorne and Thistle Farm) coordinated publicity in a surprisingly short time. It all came off really well and there are plans for another similar event coming up on Friday, Dec. 23, from 6-8 p.m. There’s no Grange Pie Sale on Dec. 23, but there will be fresh foods from our local producers and some small gifts for those last-minute needs. I hope to have a full list of the vendors by then and will tell this all again before Dec. 23.

Masons host Santa this Saturday          

Mt. Olivet Lodge is holding a public breakfast “Waffles with Santa” this Saturday, Dec. 3 from 7-10 a.m. Servings include waffles, bacon, juice and coffee, dished up by our Masons. Children can receive a free photo with Santa Claus. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children under eight years old. Everyone is welcome. The Masonic Hall is located just a quarter mile north of Washington Village on Route 220 (Liberty Road).

Free Gingerbread Festival           

Gibbs Library’s Annual Gingerbread Festival is this Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Bryant Room. There will be fun galore for kids (and parents, too) decorating gingerbread cookies. The time is 10 a.m.-12 p.m. There will be children’s books given away throughout the morning to those taking part. This event is free. Come join in if you can – it’s a great way to help get in the Christmas frame of mind.

Artist’s Reception

Cynthia McGuirl will be honored at a reception on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2-4 p.m. at Gibbs Library. Cynthia’s exhibit, “Family Tree,” was inspired by old photos of her relatives who escaped the Armenian Genocide and by peaceful places she likes to hike. Cynthia has been involved in the arts her entire life and works with fiber, metal, and paper utilizing the techniques of stitching, hammering and bookbinding. She paints and crafts in whatever medium she feels conveys her message best. During the reception, visitors will be treated to Cynthia’s heartfelt presentation about the paintings we’ll see that were inspired by her aunts. This is bound to be a very special reception. Everyone is welcome for refreshments and conversation with Cynthia. Please join the folks at Gibbs for this rare Sunday event.

Coming up – K-2 basketball sign ups

The Washington Recreation Committee is announcing basketball sign ups for Monday, Dec. 12, in the Fire House Meeting Room: from 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Snow date is Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Bryant Room of Gibbs Library.) The fee for Washington residents is $20 for the first child, with a family limit of $30. Non-resident fee is $25 for the first child and a $35 family limit.

National Family Caregivers Month

November is the annual month of recognizing and being thankful for the people who care for others in their family and community without pay. There are about 55 million Americans who care for aging, ill or disabled loved ones, which is more than 20% of the population. These individuals come by their “occupation” by a variety of means and it’s not always easy work, even if you love the person. If you are or have been a caregiver, thank you. I hope you find the resources that can help with your job. Speaking from my own experience, it’s smart and wise and the “right” thing to do to take advantage of whatever assistance that’s available to you. Toughing it out isn’t good for your patient or for yourself. Sometimes, just reading up on caregiving helps with realizing what a big job it is. Accepting how big a responsibility it is makes it feel better to accept assistance. You deserve it. There’s a lot of information and advice online and books available from the library. Your patient’s doctors should be able to advise you and local agencies can direct your phone calls. The libraries I checked via a quick search didn’t have much on caregiving, but their librarians can help you order from the state library or other resources. Many, many thanks to all the helping people, everywhere.

The last word

How about this to wrap up on Native American Heritage Month?

“Great Spirit who made all the races, Look kindly on the whole human family, And take from us the arrogance and hatred that separates us.”  – from the Cherokee, with thanks to QuotesGram.com.