It's warming up finally and so it's time for a barn dance. Lakeside Preschool will be having one Saturday night to benefit the school and establish a scholarship program. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner for $5 featuring organic hot dogs, salads and side dishes. The dancing in the barn begins at 7, with a live band and caller. The suggested donation is $10, and you can also bid on items in a silent auction. At 8:30 p.m. dessert will be served, and the auction concluded. Lakeside is at Black Kettle Farm, at the intersection of Cook and Leaning Roads just up the hill from Whallonsburg.

The Grange, also in Whallonsburg, is looking for appliances to go into the new kitchen. They have an immediate need for a refrigerator, as the old one expired, and they also want a commercial-sized steam kettle, range, ovens, rolling rack and dishwasher. Check out their website for the complete list as well as volunteering opportunities and upcoming events.

The art association will have an opening Friday evening for their first group show of the season. It starts at 6 and will be at the gallery in the heart of downtown Essex. Refreshments will be served on the back deck.

It seems that my dog Ginny has lots of friends and admirers, because if I'm out scaring up stories for this column, and she's not with me, I get asked about it. Even at the transfer station I hear "Where's that little dog?" Ginny's fame is now spreading to Plattsburgh, where I volunteer at the transportation museum and she holds court on a shady porch there, greeting visitors and shaking hands with delighted school kids. The museum director bought her a box of dog biscuits and his day doesn't start until he offers Ginny a treat and she provides him with a chaste kiss. She will kiss anyone, especially if you're someone who might have a convertible available for the July 4 parade.

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