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Rob Ivy

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Unusual plane ride | Essex Column

It’s another quiet week in Essex, with no activities to report. So you’ll have to hear about an unusual plane ride I took recently.

Winter solstice | Essex Column

The Reverend John Hunn would like to invite you to a candle lighting service at the Essex Community Church on Christmas Eve at 11 p.m.

Christmas in Essex festivities | Essex Column

The Christmas in Essex festivities kick off this Friday at the Essex Community Church with a performance by the Pleasant Valley Chorale.

This is your speed | Essex Column

Stop by the library this week to inspect the donations offered in their third annual silent auction.

Arctic winds | Essex Column

It’s very quiet this week in Essex. The film society’s screen is dark, the stage at the Grange is empty and Main Street downtown is nearly devoid of cars.

Voting Experiences | Essex Column

The Belden Noble Library now lends toys as well as books.

The Lunchbox | Essex Column

The Champlain Valley Film Society will presents “The Lunchbox” this Saturday evening at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall.

Songs for the Day of the Dead | Essex Column

On Saturday, Nov. 1, the Whallonsburg Grange will present a concert entitled “Songs for the Day of the Dead” featuring a pair of duos and Reber’s finest rockers.

The Fault in our Stars | Essex Column

This Saturday evening, the film society presents “The Fault in our Stars” at the Whallonsburg Grange.

Certified as organic | Essex Column

On Sunday, Oct. 19, the Lakeside School is having their Fall Festival and open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Identifying trees by their bark | Essex Column

On Friday, Oct. 10, naturalist Michael Wojtech will present a talk at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on identifying trees by their bark. It begins at 7 p.m. and a $10 donation is suggested.

Target practice | Essex Column

On Friday, Oct. 3, the Adirondack Shakespeare Company presents “Macbeth” at the Whallonsburg Grange.

The Grand Budapest Hotel | Essex Column

The film society presents “The Grand Budapest Hotel” at the Whallonsburg Grange this Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Monarch butterflies | Essex Column

This Saturday evening, the big red barn at Black Kettle Farm comes alive with music, dancing and great food.

Essex in the war | Essex Column

On Saturday, Sept. 13, the movie series at the Whallonsburg Grange begins its fall run with “The Railway Man” starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.

Whallonsburg with an additional “h” | Essex Column

The final show at the Adirondack Art Association gallery opens this Friday, Sept. 5.

Long Time Courting | Essex Column

This Saturday evening, on Aug. 30, the Whallonsburg Grange will presents Long Time Courting, a group of four Boston-based women who specialize in Celtic and neo-traditional Irish, Scottish and American music.

Antique and Tag Sale | Essex Column

On Saturday, Aug. 23, the North Country SPCA will hold its annual Antique and Tag Sale at the Whallonsburg Grange.

Silent auction | Essex Column

This Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m, the Adirondack Art Association will host a silent auction with refreshments at the gallery on Main Street.

Reber Rock Farm/Essex Farm | Essex Column

The concert series at the Essex Community Church offers a triple blast of exceptional talent this coming week.

Camp Dudley Choir | Essex Column

On Thursday, Aug. 7, the Essex Community Church will host the Camp Dudley Choir in a performance that starts at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.

Bluegrass Gospel Project | Essex Column

On Friday, July 25, the Essex Community Church concert series presents the Bluegrass Gospel Project.

Bake sale | Essex Column

The Belden Noble Library’s annual bake sale will be held this Saturday in front of the post office on Main Street.

Ransom Noble and the 37th Regiment of Essex Militia | Essex Column

On Wednesday, July 9, the Belden Noble Library will offer a talk by Cathy DeWolff of the Willsboro Heritage Society on Ransom Noble and the 37th Regiment of Essex Militia.

Garlic scapes | Essex Column

This Sunday, June 29, the Essex Community Church will honor the Reverend John Hunn on the 60th anniversary of his ordination.

Don’t Miss The Rapture | Essex Column

This Sunday evening, June 22, Cynthia Wallace will give a talk called “Don’t Miss The Rapture” at 7 p.m. at the Essex Community Church.

Barrels of flowers | Essex Column

The Beautification Committee planted barrels of flowers last week around the hamlet, with numerous volunteers and donors working on the effort.

Summer Visitors | Essex Column

The 4th of July celebration in Essex is less than a month away and the Essex Fire Department is having a raffle to cover the cost of the fireworks display.

Flowering apple trees | Essex Column

The Adirondack Art Association’s first show of the season opens this Friday evening, the 30th, in their new quarters in the former Halpin residence.

Film: “Nebraska” | Essex Column

The film society will present “Nebraska” starring Bruce Dern this Saturday evening, the 24th, at the Whallonsburg Grange.

Sharon Katz and The Peace Train | Essex Column

This Saturday evening, Sharon Katz and The Peace Train take the stage at the Whallonsburg Grange.

White trilliums | Essex Column

The film society’s offering for this Saturday night, the 10th, is “Dallas Buyer’s Club” which won three Academy Awards this year.

My favorite serpent, the timber rattlesnake | Essex Column

This Friday evening, the 25th, a gospel choir will perform at the Essex Community Church at 7:30 pm.

Good sap runs | Essex Column

On Saturday evening the Champlain Valley Film Society presents the best of this year’s Oscar nominated short films.

Adirondack Art Association | Essex Column

This Friday evening the Whallonsburg Grange presents two titans of the world of folk music, Archie Fisher and Garnet Rogers.

Heated bird baths | Essex Column

The film showing this Saturday night at the Whallonsburg Grange is “American Hustle.”

Celebrate Women’s History Month | Essex Column

Before writing this column, Ginny and I usually take an early Sunday morning drive through the hamlet to see if anything is going on and to inspect the community bulletin board by the post office.

Twelve Years a Slave” | Essex Column

The Champlain Valley Film Society presents “Twelve Years a Slave” this Saturday evening at the Whallonsburg Grange.

The voices and behavior of birds | Essex Column

Naturalist and environmental educator Connor Stedman will give a talk this Friday evening at the Whallonsburg Grange on the voices and behavior of birds.

The neighbor’s sugar house | Essex Column

The movie this Saturday night at the Whallonsburg Grange is “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Impacts of climate change on northern animal species | Essex Column

This Friday evening there will be a talk at the Whallonsburg Grange given by well known photographer and naturalist Susan Morse.

Shortage of kale seed | Essex Column

The regular monthly meetings of the Essex Town Board are now on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Film society presents “Captain Phillips” | Essex Column

On Sunday, Feb. 2, the film society will present “Captain Phillips” at the Whallonsburg Grange hall at 1 p.m

Agricultural census work | Essex Column

It’s been quite a winter for the town road crew, with endless cold and occasional rain storms that keep the highways coated with ice.

Imperturbable Percheron draft horses | Essex Column

Beginning this Saturday and running through March the Whallonsburg Grange hosts a “Play Gym” for kids under five.

What is true steam? | Essex Column

A snow shoe expedition on the southern flanks of Pokomoonshine Mountain will take place this Saturday morning to study animal tracks

New Health tai chi classes | Essex Column

The ice storm of last week deposited a nice even sheet over the landscape and adorned the trees.

New manager at the transfer station | Essex Column

This week’s column had to be turned in early, so Ginny and I made our usual Sunday morning town reconnaissance on Thursday afternoon.

The pink Belt of Venus | Essex Column

It’s time to vote on your favorite pictures in the CATS photo contest.

Open house at the Whallonsburg Grange | Essex Column

This Sunday afternoon there will be an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Whallonsburg Grange to benefit the food pantries of Willsboro, Westport and Elizabethtown.

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