The art association’s second show opens this Friday evening, with a wine and cheese party which goes from 5 pm to 8 p.m. The gallery is in the old stone firehouse in the hamlet and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is your last call to sign up for a wilderness first aid class, to be held this Saturday at the Essex firehouse from noon to 4 p.m. Call 962-2287 for more information.
Now for the run-down of the July 4th events in Essex. At 8:15 a.m. a fun run for adults leaves from the intersection of Blockhouse Road and Route 22. At 9:15 a.m., a fun run for kids takes off from the ice cream shop downtown. Also at 9:15 a.m. there will be a community hymn sing at St. Johns Church. The parade lines up at 10 a.m. at Blockhouse Road, and steps off at 11 a.m. After the parade, there will be games and boat races at Beggs Point, followed by the traditional spelling bee open to all ages at 3 p.m. at the town hall. Finally, at 7:30 p.m. Carol Williams will give an organ concert, as she has for many years now on the 4th, at the Essex Community Church. Ms. Williams is the civic organist for the city of San Diego, California where she performs on an instrument with some 4,500 pipes, loud enough to be heard for several miles on a good day. In addition, she performs all over the world, has an extensive discography and leads a music school, so for little old Essex to have someone of her stature play here is quite something. The display of fireworks from Beggs Point will be at dusk on Friday, July 5.
At Juniper Hill and all over the north country, the seemingly continuous rains are hindering field work and snarling planting schedules. Crops like lettuce, spinach and mustard greens don’t mind the damp weather, but outdoor tomatoes and sweet potatoes are strongly opposed and refuse to grow. The weeds of course have no such qualms. On the whole, farmers would rather have a nice dry year rather than a soggy one.