Spend the day in Washington
In just over two weeks, on Saturday, July 9, the City of Washington will host a community parade and other events to fill the day with fun. The parade starts at 9 a.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “Washington Through the Decades,” celebrating Washington’s history, people and community.
The parade begins at Prescott Memorial School, heads north through Washington Village and ends at Bartlett’s Garage. Roads leading to Washington Village will be closed from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. These include Route 220 at the Calderwood Road intersection; Route 220 at McDowell Road;
Route 105 at the intersection of Vanner Road and Youngs Hill Road; Bill Luce Road at Bartlett Garage; and Old Union Road to the Bartlett Garage. There will be parking along Route 220 and at the Evening Star Grange — remember to watch out for road closures between 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Gibbs Library Book Sale
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 9, Gibbs Library will be selling used books to make room for new books arriving. It’s a great way to get some fabulous summer reads on the cheap, hang out with other shoppers, and meet some of the super library staff and volunteers.
Strawberry Festival 2022
The Ladies’ Guild Strawberry Festival will take place at the Washington Fire Station beginning at 11 a.m. on July 9. Everyone is invited to cool off and come together at this fun post-parade event. The Ladies’ Guild offers strawberry shortcakes like you can’t find anywhere else – big scoops of strawberries and tons of whipped cream with short “biscuit” type shortcakes.
The ladies also offer lunch-style dishes, snacks and drinks to tantalize your taste buds. Personally, I have an ongoing shortcake-for-lunch habit that’s in its 20th year and firmly established. The Strawberry Party has become a tradition in our small town and is at or near its emerald anniversary. It has served several generations sharing food and friendship. Ah, let it go on and on. Thank you ladies!
Sunset Paddle on the pond
The Washington Lakes Watershed Association will host a Sunset Paddle starting at 7 p.m. on the evening of July 9. The group will depart from Washington Public Landing on Razorville Road. glow sticks will be provided. Participants must have their own paddle craft (boat, canoe, kayak, etc.) and paddles. All persons on board the boats must wear a personal flotation device (PFD). You might also want a jacket as it cools down considerably after the sun goes down and a bottle of water.
A nod to Juneteenth
Even if it’s passed, congratulations to the United States for making Juneteenth a real live-action holiday. Juneteenth is a poignant commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves only in the Confederate States. It was through the Thirteenth Amendment (1865) to the Constitution that emancipation became national policy.
Even so, the new law only came into effect gradually over a few years, as it was carried west through the slave states by troop movements. It’s a complicated story, worthy of more attention than this space can afford. However, June 19, 1865 was the day the news of the end of the Civil War was heard – and finally celebrated – across the country. And now it’s a federal holiday. Who knew?
Children, discover Crystal Lake!
The Washington Lakes Watershed Association (WLWA) invites local children to come experience the beauty and wonder of Crystal Lake. On Thursday, July 7, from 10-11 a.m., the WLWA is hosting a free educational nature walk for kids at the Crystal Lake Boat Launch in Washington. Children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible person.
The walk will be led by Merry Spring Program Director, Brett WillaRoad. The objective of the walk will be to find out what types of flora and fauna can be found around the lake and what type of aquatic life can be found in the lake. Landing nets, collection boxes and a light snack will be provided.
All participants should dress for exploration and enjoyment. Insect repellent and sunscreen are recommended. The boardwalk is open to children aged 5 to 10. There is a maximum group of 10 children, so pre-registration is required. For questions and to register, call or text Roxanne at 207-930-0307. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Shainie’s gifts – just a mention
The city of Washington has pretty much everything you need, of course, but once in a while I venture into the big world of Union. As I was getting some special screws at Vic’s True Value Hardware, I was drawn to Shainie’s Gifts next door. The huge selection of greeting cards, the addition of some nice clothes, the usual nice gifts and jewelry, and the seemingly expanded craft and office supplies department were impressive. Nice place “next door”.
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