Here's the schedule for the 4th of July events in downtown Essex. Friday afternoon, organist Carol Williams will offer an artist's workshop from one to two at the Essex Community Church. It's open to all and free of charge. On Friday evening at 7 p.m., she will give a concert, again at the Essex Community Church. Fireworks will go off around 9 p.m. from Begg's Park. On Saturday morning, do a few stretches and jumping jacks, tie on your sneakers and join the adult fun run, known as the "Firecracker", which leaves from the old fitness center at 8:30 a.m. A fun run for kids leaves from the ice cream shop at 9:15 a.m. Parents need to sign a waiver, so please arrive a bit early. At 10 a.m., still Saturday morning, there will be a patriotic hymn sing at St. John's Episcopal Church. Members of the parade will line up at the corner of Blockhouse Road and Route 22 at 10 a.m., and at 11 a.m. the parade will begin. It will snake down the hill and through downtown to School Street, then to Begg's Park. At Begg's, Essex firemen will be selling burgers, hot dogs and sausages, and there will be games for kids of all ages. At 2 p.m. raft races commence by the town dock- check the town bulletin board for the rules. Finally, at three there will be a spelling bee at the town hall. There will be two competitions, one for those 11 and under, and those 12 and up.

The ReNew shop is open for business at the yellow school at the corner of Elm and Route 22. They are open every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Essex Inn is now serving lunch and dinner, and the Old Dock and Rudder Club are getting ready to open for the season.

The sewer project is on schedule, according to Tim Barber from the engineer's office. Pumps and controls will be installed this week in the building behind the library, and they are putting in equipment in the treatment tanks across from the fire house.

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