By the time you read this, and with a bit of luck, the ferry should be operating again. Loads of gravel spread over the submerged dock will raise it above the water level and permit traffic to cross the lake once more. Ginny and I watched the crew spreading gravel, and then went over to Begg's Park to see windwhipped waves threatening the gazebo. We were joined by a pair of friendly gawkers from Florida who were obviously chilled by what seemed to me like a pleasant zephyr.

This Saturday the film society is presenting five short films at the Whallonsburg Grange. These are Oscar nominees and an Oscar winner from this year; the show starts at 8 p.m.

Also on Saturday, at the Essex Community Church, a three piece group will be performing as part of the Essex Community Concert series. This one starts at 7:30 and will be followed by a reception where you can meet the musicians. Refreshments will be served and the cost is $10. For more on the concert series and workshops, check out their website at essexcommunityconcerts.org or essexnewyork.org for information on all sorts of activities in and around Essex.

On Friday evening, the Adirondack Art Association opens its doors for a new season with a show of the works of the late Mary Gullo. This is a fundraiser for the association with tapas and other refreshments. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

This week at the car museum, we rearranged the collection to bring in some new cars and send some off for the summer. I got to drive a 1967 red Jaguar XKE convertible, which would be a great car for the July 4 parade but it's not to be lent out. Would any of my readers have a classy convertible they'd be willing to let us use for the parade? The passenger would not be me, but a certain well-known local personality. Valley News correspondents, if they appear at all in the parade, would, of course, be on foot.

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