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By Charlotte Henderson | Jul 13, 2018

Family canoe/kayak races

This Saturday, July 14, there is a canoe/kayak race on Washington Pond. This is a for-fun but in-earnest race sponsored by Washington Recreation Committee. Paddlers will meet at the Washington Pond public access launch site on Razorville Road (Route 105). There are no fees to enter the race, but racers must fill out a signup sheet. Sign-in time is 8 to 9 a.m. with races starting at 9 a.m. Categories are: two-adult canoe/kayak; one adult, one child (8-11 years) canoe/ kayak; two youth (12-18 years) canoe/ kayak; single adult kayak; single youth (12-18 years) canoe/kayak; and single child (8-11 years) kayak. The course will be clearly marked with buoys. All kids under 18 must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. Life jackets are required for all participants. A spotter boat will be on hand. Rain date is the next day, Sunday July 15.

Corner Gallery greets artists

Visitors enjoyed a mingle with the artists at a reception for them at Corner Gallery last weekend. Corner Gallery’s midsummer exhibit, "Beyond Color," features the work of 10 artists – Chelsea Witt, Caitlyn Mello, Elizabeth Knox, Lois Hill, Charlie Newton, the late Paula Green, Marcus Parsons, Barbara Vanderbilt, Phyllis Janto and Joan Freiman. The "Beyond Color" presentation is the second of three shows this summer at Corner Gallery and will be on exhibit through July 29. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Corner Gallery is planning a retrospective of the late Cynthia White's work the first weekend in August, in conjunction with her memorial service.

World-class concert Saturday

A unique, delightful and free-admission concert is happening right here in Washington July 14. As has been the case every summer for the last 21 years, 30 or so professional musicians will come together from all over the U.S. for the Conductors Retreat at Medomak, a unique program of study on the art and skill of orchestral conducting. They gain perspective, make friends and develop conducting aptitude. At the end of the retreat, the musicians perform a concert during which they take turns conducting the very orchestra in which they are playing!

It’s fascinating to watch the passing of the baton while listening to some of the world’s greatest classical music from Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Elgar and the like. The concert is Saturday, July 14, at 2 p.m. at Medomak Family Camp, 178 Liberty Road. Indoor seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis. (Bring a chair for outdoor seating.) Concertgoers are welcome to come to all or part of the concert. The musicians look forward to seeing you.

Village Church yard sale

A yard sale to raise money to replace the roof on Washington Village Church is on our docket for this Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is both a yard sale and bake sale and a special raffle for six Maine lobsters. There’s free coffee with any purchase. Church members are collecting items to sell, too, and Sue Harriman at 845-2729 is the person to call if you can contribute.

Ottimi cuochi, ottimo cibo

Evening Star Grange goes Italian this Saturday, July 14, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. great cooks will bring great food for your Saturday supper with homemade lasagna, spaghetti with meatballs, chicken Alfredo, eggplant Parmesan and more. Accompanied by ice cold beverages, vegetarian dishes, salad, garlic bread, yummy desserts and served up by the attentive Granger “wait staff,” you won’t find a better meal in the county! Adults $9, under 12 years old, $5.

Thank-you note

Thanks are going out to Jere Davis who paid for paint and labor to repaint the iron fence around McDowell Cemetery on Liberty Road.

Coming up:

Alewife access to Washington Pond and a National Science Foundation research project are on the agenda for the annual meeting of Washington Lakes Association. Saturday morning, July 21, at 10 a.m.at the Gibbs Library Bryant Room. All members and friends of the lakes are urged to attend.

Mt. Olivet Lodge, Pig Roast Supper, Saturday, July 21, 5 to 6:30 p.m. A whole pig, roasted on a spit, with all the fixings.

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