Essex 8-20-11

— This Sunday, Aug. 21 , the Whallonsburg Grange will hold its second annual block party, with music, food, fire trucks and even a clown. It starts at 2 p.m. and admission is $6 for adults and $3 for kids.

Daniel Linder will perform at the Essex Community Church next Wednesday, Aug. 24. He is a graduate of Westport Central School and a very talented young pianist, currently studying at Northwestern University. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.

On Aug. 24-25, the Lois McClure will be docked in Essex and available for inspection. The Lois McClure is a full size replica of a Lake Champlain sailing barge, 88 feet long, and will be open to the public both days from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On Aug. 25, a group of local Yale alumni will perform at the Community Church at 11:30 a.m. Some years ago, these gentlemen were all members of the famed campus vocal group the Whiffenpoofs, and will reprise their act free of charge.

Also on the Aug. 25, at the Community Church, Mary Brown will speak of her travels to Antarctica. Mary is a former director of the CEF Library System and an intrepid traveler with a great story to tell. Admission is free but donations to benefit the Belden Noble Library will be gratefully accepted, and of course refreshments will be served.

On Aug. 26, the Wyant Band will give a concert on the lawn at St. Joseph’s Church at 7 p.m. Admission is $7, and bring a chair or blanket for seating.

Houseguests are a fact of life this time of year, and entertaining them can be a chore. We like to send ours off on a hike on the CATS trails around the Bouquet Hills. The trails are more like European walking paths than the rock strewn ankle-twisting trails in the High Peaks. Check out their web site for maps and more information. Another suggestion: a walk or bike ride around the southwest corner of our town, on the loop formed by Sayre, Alden and the Lewis Wadhams Road. The route takes you past hay and vegetable fields, up and down hills, in a landscape that’s more New England than New England.

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