Westport Column

June is bustin’ out all over! Last week it seemed like it might be time to get the snow thrower off the garden tractor and wrangle the mower deck back on, ignoring the dull blades and (as usual) nursing a few skinned knuckles in the process. Remember that old wine ad? My motto is “I will mow no grass until it’s time.” Next year maybe I’ll wait a bit longer and bale it.

Though it doesn’t always feel like it, June has plenty to offer aside from yardwork. If you’re a golfer, don’t forget about the Firemen’s Golf Tournament at the Westport Country Club on Saturday, June 1 (where they’re much better about mowing than yours truly). There’s still time for teams of four to sign up, and hole sponsorships are still available for this outstanding day of golf, which is a great way to support your volunteer Fire Department. Call Jim Forcier at 962-4420.

June 1 is also National Trails Day, so keep in mind the variety of activities on offer that day from Champlain Area Trails (CATS). Like the Firemen’s Golf Tournament, I gave more details in an earlier column, but here’s a summary: 8:45 a.m.—Cheney Mt. Iron Ore Man Hiking Event, from the trailhead on Pelfershire Rd.; 1 p.m.—family-friendly hike to unveil naturalist Sheri Amsel’s new interpretive signs on the Black Kettle Nature Trail (meet on Cook Rd. just west of Leaning Rd.); and, finally, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Celebrate CATS event at Block House Farm in Essex, the residence of well-known children’s author Steven Kellogg, where the featured speaker will be William Janeway, the new director of the Adirondack Council. For more info, call 962-2287 or visit champlainareatrails.com.

That same weekend, Piano By Nature offers the last concerts in its 2012-2013 season with noted ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan, who will offer two performances at the Hand House in Elizabethtown on Saturday, June 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 2 at 3 p.m. Call 962-2949 or visit pianobynature.org.

As a coda to that musical offering, Meadowmount School of Music is looking for seasonal workers for housekeeping, laundry, food service, and maintenance. Visit meadowount.com or call 962-2400.

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