Wilmot Rocks! Summer reading program is underway. Stop by the library to pick up a reading log, then turn your reading logs in July 8, July 29, and August 13 for prizes! All ages eligible.
A Visit to a Deranged Landscape: Cassey Brook Preserve
July 23, 9:30 a.m. Led by geologist Bill Chaisson. Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust is a geologically interesting tract called a deranged terrain and characterized by piles of unsorted sediment, large glacial erratics (boulders), wetlands, and streams that wander in odd directions. On Wilmot Center Road by the power lines.
August 4. Painting with Marina Forbes. 3-6 p.m. Artist Marina Forbes incorporates storytelling into her hands-on painting workshops. All ages invited. There will be a small materials fee for participants. Please register with the library beforehand.
August 13, 12 p.m. Circus in a Suitcase! Performer Kevin O'Keefe brings slapstick and silliness to audiences the world over. From Kevin O’Keefe’s suitcase an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, the boisterous ringmaster Steve Fitzpatrick, the officious Mervin Merkle, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars Clyde Zerbini, and Keefer–an innocent trying to runaway and join the circus. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience.
Al-Anon, for families and friends of people affected by alcoholism or substance use disorder, meets in the Creativity Lab at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays.
From the Director's Desk
Are you going on vacation? Stay-cationing in our beautiful town? I hope you get to see everyone you've been missing! I hope to see most of my family in July.
Instead of my usual column, I offer you this funny summer poem by Marge Piercy:
Attack of the Squash People
And thus the people every year
in the valley of humid July
did sacrifice themselves
to the long green phallic god
and eat and eat and eat.
They're coming, they're on us,
the long striped gourds, the silky
babies, the hairy adolescents,
the lumpy vast adults
like the trunks of green elephants.
Recite fifty zucchini recipes!
Zucchini tempura; creamed soup;
sauté with olive oil and cumin,
tomatoes, onion; frittata;
casserole of lamb; baked
topped with cheese; marinated;
stuffed; stewed; driven
through the heart like a stake.
Get rid of old friends: they too
have gardens and full trunks.
Look for newcomers: befriend
them in the post office, unload
on them and run. Stop tourists
in the street. Take truckloads
to Boston. Give to your Red Cross.
Beg on the highway: please
take my zucchini, I have a crippled
mother at home with heartburn.
Sneak out before dawn to drop
them in other people's gardens,
in baby buggies at churchdoors.
Shot, smuggling zucchini into
mailboxes, a federal offense.
With a suave reptilian glitter
you bask among your raspy
fronds sudden and huge as
alligators. You give and give
too much, like summer days
limp with heat, thunderstorms
bursting their bags on our heads,
as we salt and freeze and pickle
for the too little to come.