essex 8/21

This coming Sunday, Aug. 22, there's going to be a huge block party at the Whallonsburg Grange, to show off the building and raise money for a water well. There will be live music, games, dancing in the streets and my favorite - lots of refreshments. A full dinner will also be available. At 5 p.m., there will be a minute of noise, so please bring your loudest noise makers and make a din, a clamor, a hullabaloo, a heck of a racket. This does not include 12 gauge shotguns or containers of acetylene, but rather horns, drums and perhaps the odd spouse Old Yeller may not be just a dog. I plan to dust off my bugle and practice this week. The merrymaking starts at three in the afternoon, rain or shine.

The Adirondack Art Association, with support from the Essex Community Fund, is offering two workshops for very young artists. The first will be on Saturday, Aug. 21, with Amy Guglielmo, aimed at 4 to 6 year olds. The second, Tuesday, Aug. 24t, will be with Essex's own Steven Kellogg and is meant for 6 to 8 year olds. Both workshops are free and both start at 10 a.m. Call the gallery at 963-8309 for more information.

This Friday, the art association will host an opening for its new show at the firehouse gallery, starting at 6 p.m. Come to town, check out the art, have a glass of wine and watch the stars come out over the lake.

The Canadian bicyclists came and went last week, and they loved Essex. I worked at the fire house lunch stop for the tour company and talked to dozens of them. They liked the wide, well-paved roads, the courteous drivers, the beautiful scenery and the pretty village. Many said they would like to come back and explore more.

The second growth of hay in our fields shelters large flocks of russet colored birds. Whenever I drive by on my tractor, they fly up out of the grass, flit furtively away and quickly drop back out of sight. My chatty ornithologist friend thinks they are immature bobolinks, which is a very good sign for this embattled species.

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