Summertime in the Belgrades
June 16 – 22
The season of leisure is here! Every day of the week, there will be free outdoor music floating through the air. Every weekend there will be an art or photography or craft exhibit, also usually free. Most evenings there will be theater performances. And always there will be museums and libraries and historic sites and studios open longer hours or summer-only hours with a lot of special exhibits during this season of the year.
Back to Great Pond. It's usually around Memorial Day when we return for the summer. As always, I'm drawn to the little cemetery on Watson Pond Road — to visit Ezra Willard's grave.
With so many Maine authors to read, what should I borrow from our Belgrade public library? The 2017 thoroughly researched story of Christopher Knight and his 27 years of survival in our local North Pond Maine woods. New York author and journalist Michael Finkel established a correspondence with "The Hermit" while he served his time in jail. Meeting and talking to him regularly proved revealing.
Over the past few years there has been an increase in land-based invasive plants. Local land owners, foresters, land trust managers and State of Maine officials are taking notice.
It was 1953 (or 1954), at age 5 or 6, when Rod Johnson, "The Luckiest Boy," secretly (he thought) snuck into old Bill Pulsifer's boathouse to try and catch a perch. An old outboard stood in the corner closet, covered with a film of oil, spider dung, and dirt. None the less, the intrigue began right there.
Which is it going to be tonight? That's the question that we few village kids would toss around when it was time to go in our respective homes for supper, knowing that we would regather after.
Summer seems to be in full swing, with long lines at Day's Store and more out-of-state license plates than Maine plates on the cars parked in the village. The BRCA Courtesy Boat Inspectors have been on duty for over a week already at the seven public boat launches in the Belgrades, doing their part to prevent the spread of invasive plants into our lakes.