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Virginia-based folk duo the Honey Dewdrops perform | Essex Column

This Saturday night’s movie is “What Maisie Knew,” a drama from 2012 that’s a modern take on a novel by Henry James. It’s playing at the Whallonsburg Grange and starts at 8 p.m.

On Sunday evening, Nov. 24, a Virginia-based folk duo called the Honey Dewdrops will be playing at the Grange. Their performance starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door. This will be the last show of this fall’s concert series.

Looking ahead, the annual Christmas celebration in downtown Essex will be on Dec. 7 with the traditional pancake breakfast at the firehouse with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a bazaar at the Community Church, photography, vendors at the yoga studio and shops open for the day. More about this later.

Chad Cumm, 17, a junior at Willsboro Central and Essex resident, recently participated in the Vermont Open Grappling Championship and did very well for himself, considering he’s only participated in this sport for two months and was going up against older, more experienced competitors. Grappling is a form of wrestling like jiu-jitsu but does not involve punching or weapons. Chad came in third in one category and second overall in another, and although he’s described as a large and imposing individual, his proud father Calvin assured me Chad is just a nice young gentle man. Feel free to call or email me if you’d like to share an academic, artistic or athletic accomplishment.

The crab apple tree in our front yard is loaded with tiny fruit that draw large flocks of robins and cedar waxwings. We never see cedar waxwings, which look like a small version of a female cardinal, except for this time of year. They are fruit eaters, and occasionally consume fermented fruit that makes them a bit intoxicated. There were several waxwings relaxing on our porch in the sun one afternoon this week, probably looped and not fleeing as a normal bird would. They were gone a couple of hours later.

Ginny and I met one of her many fans this week while at the transfer station, and it seems this particular fan wants to read more about Ginny’s activities. As a dog, Ginny has a somewhat circumscribed life devoted mostly to walking and sleeping but if she does anything newsworthy, you’ll read about it here first.

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