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By Charlotte Henderson | Jun 01, 2018

Historical Society plans summer schedule

The annual Memorial Day Parade of Wheels and Remembrance Ceremony last Monday kicked off summer activities for Washington Historical Society. Coming up  June 4 is a visit to Razorville Hall, the society’s museum, for Prescott School fifth-graders. Members will work with students in small groups showing how various old-style tools and utensils work. Previous student favorites include crank telephones, wringer washing machines and typewriters. Following the demonstrations, Rhoda Gamage will guide students on a walking tour around the Razorville neighborhood with narrated stops at Razorville Chapel and the VFW Hall (formerly Razorville School), where the VFW will serve lunch before children return to school.

The first public Razorville Hall open house of the season at is set for Saturday, June 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come peruse the exhibits, chat with members and reminisce. Visitors can try out the telephones, wringer washers, and typewriters, too. Some of us actually remember these items. There will also be open days in July and August leading up to Washington Heritage Day Saturday, Sept. 8. WHS is participating in the Washington Community Auction, a fundraiser with several local nonprofits, to be held July 28.

Membership in Washington Historical Society is $5 and everyone with an interest or who simply wants to support the organization is encouraged to join. Come to a meeting on the third Tuesday evening each month, catch us at an event, or send your check and contact info to Linda at WHS, P.O. Box 333, Washington, ME 04574. Follow us on Facebook or at washingtonhistorical.org.

Anniversary of edible landscape

Four years ago, on Sunday June 8, 2014, cultivation of a "public edible landscape" began on town property on Bill Luce Road, across from the Town Office. More than a dozen volunteers worked with the town conservation committee to spade, till and plant this unique community resource. The gardeners planted 18 trees, including American chestnut, and a large number of low-maintenance, wild perennials including cranberries, viburnum, Sedum purpureum, violets, peppermint, garlic and rhubarb. Native bee houses were also installed. David Spahr, who conceived the landscape and informally manages it, reports that most of the plantings are doing well. Regular maintenance and signage updates are ongoing. For more information about the edible landscape, contact Spahr at 215-2622.

Gibbs volunteers invited June 10

All volunteers who have made a difference at Gibbs Library are warmly invited to attend a Volunteer Party in their honor Sunday, June 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. Gibbs’ Board of Trustees makes it clear that the library couldn’t function without the many volunteers who carry out everyday business. Running a library involves so much – big and small jobs like checking books in and out, managing the library member database, hosting events, dusting the stacks or covering books. Library staff have tried to contact volunteers individually and hope everyone will come enjoy great refreshments and good company. Look forward to seeing all these generous folks June 10!

Strawberry Festival

The annual Washington Strawberry Festival has been scheduled for Saturday, July 7, and will be held in and around Gibbs Library using the Bryant Room and library as well as the yard and lawns around the building. Members of Washington Ladies’ Guild are planning activities for children and adults from noon to 3 p.m. We’ll have more information soon about the festival and the team that’s sponsoring it. This is good news, and we’re delighted that this long tradition will continue!

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