Westport 6/20/09

The great annual frenzy that we here in the North Country call "summer" is upon us. For you uninitiates, that's when we squeeze 12 months of activity into 2 months of pure unadulterated chaos. In the beginning, at least, it's aided and abetted by our long, long days, where you have to force yourself indoors to make dinner around 6 p.m. or so, or else you end up scarfing something right before bedtime that sits inside you like a stone till daybreak-an hour and a half later, or so it seems.

The height of the season begins with the Fourth of July celebrations of our nation's independence. And that means our always amazing community parade. Carol Schwoebel, who's helping organize this year's festivities, invites businesses, clubs, and other groups to join the parade, which starts at noon at the Fairgrounds and ends at Ballard Park.

Got a wacky but visually impressive talent? An unusual means of transportation? Carol says that participants should meet at the Fairgrounds no later than 11:15. "Start your engines, polish your chrome, play your instruments, ride your horses, wave your flags-Be creative and have fun!"

The parade will be followed by afternoon and evening events at Lee Park, with canoe races, trike races, and volleyball, as well as a bonfire and story hour. And, of course, food and music, including the free Ice Cream Social and magic show provided by the Christopher Emmett Hallowell Fund. For more information, or if you want to help, call Carol at 962-8567.

That same weekend the Depot Theatre opens with the Alan Ayckbourn comedy "Round and Round the Garden," which runs July 3-12. Many of our favorite Depot thespians have returned for this British farce, including Chris Flockton, Carrie Treadwell, and Beth Glover. Get your season pass now, and enjoy all five shows this year for the price of four. Call 962-4449 for information and reservations.

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