June 30 – July 6, 2017 Vol. 19, No. 4

The Footprints of the 4th

by Esther J. Perne

It is the 4th of July holiday, the week leading up to it and the week leading away from the 4th and we live the rituals and traditions during this time that those who fought to establish this country might have dreamed for us: celebrations sane and simple; gatherings fun and festive; food typically and basically American; the parades, the fireworks, the flags.

It is summer, the real-time season and the way summer should be season, when, for all its weather ups and downs, the outdoors is doable and inviting for venturing forth. Trails and waterways, parks and picnic areas, outdoor arenas and starlit stages are as good as a celebration can get.

It is a time for vacation or a long weekend or a long day off to take the family or friends and take advantage of the region. Differences of ages, abilities, fitness, interests, shrink as the pursuit of the many activities in the area pulls people together.

It is the holiday itself, the formal gatherings in Augusta, Belgrade Lakes, Farmington and Winthrop. The crowds getting sunburned or rained on, eating concession fare, feeling friendly and enjoying the wholesomeness of the event.

It is the memories, the day after, the months after, the years after . . .

We did only what is typical and traditional of the holiday, following in the footsteps of those who founded this country, who might have dreamed such a legacy for us . . . and wasn't it wonderful?