Don't forget everyone, that the Essex Methodist Church will be hosting their now most celebrated Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 5. They will be serving soups, sandwiches, and deserts beginning at 11:30 until 1 p.m. The Bazaar will surround the luncheon eaters with all kinds of goods, crafts, and a special edition calendar created by the town historian. Also on the 5th, Mr. and Mrs. Santa will arrive on the 9:30 ferry and travel to the Essex Fire House to greet children and help the Masons of the Essex Iroquois Lodge serve a pancake breakfast. Later, from 1 - 3 p.m., Steven Kellogg will be autographing his new book at the Essex Library. Finally, on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., there will be a TAIZE ecumenical service of scriptures, music and prayers at St. John's in Essex.
Too bad that the Canadian Pacific Railway didn't have a Christmas Train this year. Someone did send up something called a holiday train, filled with holiday trees, holiday presents, and a big fat guy dressed up in a red holiday suit. The whole affair came through Boquet at the speed of sound.
The DNC has decided to sponsor a realistic alternative to these macho "Iron Man" contests. So, next year a Marshmallow Man contest will consist of walking to a bicycle, washing hands in the Boquet, and running to the nearest Rest Room. No EMTs will attend so candidates participate at their own risk.
Well, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will be happy to hear that the Beekmantown School system has decided to allow students to opt out of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance after a parent expressed concern with having their child having to stand and say the pledge. I am sure that their elementary school children will understand this latest manifestation of the ACLU endeavor to eliminate any words which have patriotic or religious meaning from public buildings. Say, didn't the Beekmantown School once suspended a student for not standing during the Pledge?
The next action we can expect by the ACLU will be the elimination of the colors Red, White and Blue from school banners, uniforms, clothes (that means no more jeans- teachers and students), and then elimination of the American flag from all buildings. What comes after that? I understand, from my ACLU moles, that there is a movement to eliminate the English language as an instructional language of choice.