For nearly two decades, we have enjoyed Thursday night community concerts at the Performance Pavilion in Ballard Park during the summer season. The concerts have also become a weekly draw from the surrounding area, bringing new visitors and old friends back to the heart of the village week after week. This year, Westport resident and Grammy-Award-winning trumpeter Taylor Haskins has volunteered to organize the series.
The series has a new name, Soundwaves, but the focus will remain on bringing a vibrant and eclectic mix of live music to this beautiful lakeside venue on Thursday evenings, starting July 3 and running through August. Concerts begin at 7:30; the suggested donation is $5 to $10. The first Soundwaves concert, Taylor Haskins’ Fuzzy Logic, features Taylor himself on trumpet with guitarist Ben Monder and the Meadowmount School of Music String Orchestra.
In preparation for the “Grand Inn-to-Inn Hike” from the Westport Hotel to the Essex Inn on May 3, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is holding a volunteer work project this Saturday, April 26, to clean up the trail. Volunteers should meet at Dogwood Bread Company in Wadhams at 9 a.m. Register for the hike at the CATS website, champlainareatrails.com, where you can also find out about other CATS events, like naturalist Joe Racette’s lecture on Timber Rattlesnakes at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall (Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m.) and the upcoming Celebrate CATS event at the Blockhouse Farm in Essex (on June 7).
I’ll give the fourth and last lecture in my series The Alphabet Revolution at the Wadhams Free Library on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. We’ll explore the alphabet ‘s role in history and speculate a little about what’s coming in the new digital age. These lectures have been a big help in focusing my ideas for the book I’m working on. I’d like to thank all those who have attended and offered so many outstanding questions and comments.
The signs for the Town Wide Yard Sale had the date wrong but have been corrected to May 24. Email Kelly (email@example.com) to sign up. And the annual meeting of the Wadhams Riverside Cemetary will be held on Monday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at the Church Hall in Wadhams.