Essex Column

This Saturday evening, Feb. 2, the Champlain Valley Film Society will show the Oscar nominated film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” at the Whallonsburg Grange. This movie is a fantasy of sorts about a little girl living in the Louisiana swamps in a community of oddballs, with a cast of untrained actors. The man who plays her father runs a successful bakery in real life; show time is 7:30 p.m.

The Champlain Area Trail Society would like to thank Essex residents George Davis, Gretel Schueller and Joanna Bateman for their help with the CATS’ writing contests, which were a major factor in CATS recently winning a Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism award.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Andy Buchanan of the University of Vermont will give a talk on the origins of American agriculture, followed each Tuesday in February with three more lectures on the history and future of American agriculture. Andy’s talks all begin at 7:30.

Coming up on Sunday, Feb. 10, is an afternoon of karaoke at the Grange, starting at one. There will be over 2,000 songs from all types of musical genres to select from, as well as games and refreshments. Admission is only $3 or two non-perishable food items that will be donated to an emergency food shelf. This event is sponsored by Creative Solutions and Designs of Reynolds Road, Essex.

The days are clearly getting longer, although we’re still in the frozen grip of winter. Between the first of February and the 28th, our day length will grow by an hour and sixteen minutes. Although I don’t believe any local maple syrup producers have started tapping yet, a couple of large operations in Clinton County have, simply because they have so many trees to tap they need to get started early. Another sure sign of spring is coming up on Feb. 24: the Daytona 500. This stock car race is well loved in Reber, with many of our neighbors hosting huge parties, get togethers that are larger than Christmas and Easter combined. You can pick out the homes of racing fans by the number of pickups jamming their driveways and front lawns on race day.

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