Author Bill McKibben will give a talk Saturday at Steven Kellogg's as part of a Champlain Area Trails gathering. He is a fine and prolific writer, an excellent speaker with a national reputation and even though he lives in Vermont, has deep ties to the Adirondacks. The event is from 4 to 6 p.m. and all the details can be found at the CATS website or by calling 962-2287.

On Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. the Essex Community Church will resound with vocal and chamber music provided by outstanding students from the region. A reception will follow and this concert is free.

The other day I took a walk along the hamlet's Main Street to inspect the various establishments there. At the south end, the newly reopened deli is now called Essex Provisions with all sorts of sandwiches, drinks and a great porch overlooking the lake. The Cupola House is also open and looking cheerful with its porch flags. The former ReNew shop's friendly proprietors are calling the place Live Well and will have yoga, meditation, massage and physical therapy all in one spot. At the time of my visit they were busy painting; they hope to open in a couple of weeks. The Neighborhood Nest's fanciful sidewalk display has wonderful miniature living landscapes and lots of antiques. The ice cream shop, also under new management, is set to open in mid-June with food and drink offerings, and the well loved ice cream. The art gallery is open for the year, but there's no activity yet at the small attached shop run by Pat Burns. She should be showing up one of these days. The old stone store is now the Pink Pig and they are open as well. The waterfront businesses are still sadly under water.

If I missed your business, I'm sorry and please let me know what you're up to.

I'm still looking for a convertible for the July 4 parade. As a reward, I will give you an extended shout out in this column or solemnly promise to never ever mention you in print, your choice.

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